Florida Architect Continuing Education Requirements

Micène Fontaine, Apr 27, 2020 3:18:37 PM

Florida State Flag Continuing EducationLicensed Florida architects are required to complete 24 hours of Continuing Education (CE) every 2 years. 

  • CE Requirement:  24 Continuing Education Credits, all of which qualify as Health, Safety & Welfare (HSW) and include 2 Advanced Florida Building Code credits.
  • Renewal Date:  February 28 of odd-numbered years.
  • CE Cycle:  Biennial - Required credits must be earned in the 2 calendar years preceeding the February 28 renewal date. (i.e. January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2022 for the February 28, 2023 renewal etc.)
  • Acceptable Coursework: Courses should be approved by one of the following:
    • The Florida Board of Interior Design and Architecture, which approves courses under one of three designations:  REL/HSW (Related to Health, Safety & Welfare), O (Optional) and Advanced FBC (Advanced Florida Building Code, which also counts as REL/HSW).
    • The American Institue of Architects, which allows courses to be registered under one of three designations: LU/HW (Health, Safety & Welfare) and LU (non HSW equivalent to optional or general credits)
  • Reporting of Credits:  Providers are not required to report continuing education credits earned to the Florida Board, but have the option to report credits earned by taking a course approved directly by the Board. Credits earned by taking a course approved by the AIA and/or IDCEC (which are automatically accepted for credits by the Board, but have no Board-issued course number) cannot be reported nor manually entered into the Board's computer system. For details, see notice on DBPR's website. Design Arts Seminars reports credits electronically whenever possible.
  • Tracking of Credits: Members are responsible for maintaining proof of successful completion of continuing education activities for at least 4 years from date of completion. 
  • Audit:  All architects licensed in Florida are subject to audit by the Board and upon request will need to provide documentation to support the credits claimed at renewal.
  • Carry-over Credits: Not permitted.
  • Are you licensed in another state? If so, check out the Architecture Continuing Education Requirements. 
  • Also a member of the American Institute of Architects? Check out the AIA Continuing Education Requirements.
  • Have any questions? Post comments or questions on this blog or contact Design Arts Seminars, Inc.

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