The fast-paced world of architecture is constantly evolving, as new laws and new technologies are introduced alongside changing design trends and sustainability requirements. It’s for this reason that nearly all architectural professional associations require some amount of continuing education each year.
Understanding Your Continuing Education Requirements
Every state architecture board has different continuing education requirements for its members. While the majority have adopted National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) recommendations for a minimum 12 credit hours in health, safety and welfare (HSW) training annually, guidelines and reporting periods vary from state to state. Those that don’t follow this recommendation often do so for specific legislative reasons — for example, California is unique in that practicing architects must complete 5 hours of training on state accessibility laws every two years.
Most states allow you to earn continuing education credits through any combination of approved online, in-person or self-study training. Check with your local board for eligibility details.
Earning Continuing Education Credits With Lorman Education Services
Lorman Education Services offers multiple ways for architects to earn continuing education credits online. We have an archive of more than 12,000 courses available for download or streaming at your convenience, including previously recorded slideshow presentations, audiobooks, whitepapers and more. Many of these self-study courses can be put toward credit with your state architecture board.
If you prefer live learning, we also host dozens of training programs every month. Our programs offer all the benefits of traditional classroom training — including the ability to interact directly with our instructors — without requiring you to travel or take extended time away from your other responsibilities. Log on and join us at an upcoming event using your computer or mobile device. There’s no special software to download or hardware to purchase.
Great care has been taken to offer a diverse catalogue of online continuing education training for architects at any stage of their career. Our programming ranges from highly specific topics such as Noise Control Design for Multifamily Dwellings to more general issues related to project management, technology, sustainability and other important current issues. While the majority of our courses approach these subjects from a national perspective, others — such as Building Codes in New Jersey — are geared to local practitioners in a given jurisdiction.
You can browse our catalogue of upcoming and archived courses using the links on this page. Be sure to register early for an upcoming program to secure your spot. If you’d like to have updates delivered to you via email, don’t forget to sign up for our mailing list.
Next-Level Continuing Education for Architects
At Lorman Education Services, we believe continuing education should be more than just an annual requirement. Our programming emphasizes real-world skills and practical applications that help you do your job better. Sign up for a class today to see for yourself. Individual programming starts at just $99, while an All-Access Pass gives you a full year’s worth of training for $699. Get in touch with our customer response team directly to learn more.