The CES was developed by the AIA to promote ongoing professional learning and is mandatory for Architect Members to remain in good-standing with the organization. The CES requirement encourages the architect to stay current with their particular field of practice, master new knowledge and skills, plan for the future, and responsibly serve the public that seeks their professional services. The continuing education facet of membership also promotes the high ethical standards expected of AIA architects.
Each hour of an activity counts as one learning unit (LU). Members can earn units by attending programs offered by AIA/CES Registered Providers or by reporting individual activities using a Self Report Form. All active AIA members must complete 18 Learning Unit Hours each year, 8 of which must be learning activities specifically designated as Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) units. (Please note that HSW units may only be earned at registered CES-designated events and are not eligible for self-reporting.) Members' Transcripts can be reviewed online here and accessed by entering in their personal AIA Membership Number. To self-report non-HSW Learning Units, Members may do so online by clicking here, entering in their personal AIA Membership Number and proceeding to the online Self Report Form.
Look for the AIA/CES logo to denote AIA CES programs. When you see the AIA/CES logo advertised in conjunction with our monthly programs, special events, lunch and learns, and brown bag lunches you'll know the specific program has been registered through the AIA CES system. If a program is registered, this means that all members who register and attend will have their time recorded for credit by the provider.