General Information

The Iasa Continuing Education Program exists to ensure that architects are continually learning new skills and keeping up-to-date with state of the art practice. By maintaining your certification you not only gain access to tools, knowledge, and career advancement help, but you also support the architecture profession and its practice.

This page serves to outline the requirements, reporting structure, and options for earning your continuing education units. Please reach out to Iasa's support team if you have any questions about the program or need assistance in reporting your hours: contactus@iasahome.org

  

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CEU Requirements

CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are units that are used to quantify approved professional development activities. Iasa quantifies these units through three auditable categories: Education, Contribution and Practice.

Download the CEU Overview Manual 

Iasa credential holders are required to collect at least 80 hours of CEU's (the equivalent of two work weeks) bi-annually on even numbered years. In combination with obtaining CEU's, the credential holder is also required to have worked as an architect for a period of at least 16-weeks. All CEU's can be submitted at one time or at your convenience within that period.

Certification Level

Education

Contribution

Practice

CITA-F

60 hours

20 hours

640 hours

CITA-A

60 hours

20 hours

640 hours

CITA-S

40 hours

40 hours

640 hours

CITA-P

40 hours

40 hours

640 hours

1 CEU = one hour (60 minutes) spent in a structured educational activity

Hours listed above are the total for the 2 year period. They can be submitted at anytime within that 2 year period.

*Up to 20 hours of education and contribution, as well as self-directed
work, can be used to make up for a portion of practice hours.

Earning CEUs 

CEUs may be earned through professional learning and contribution - these two components compliment both the development of the individual certification holder and the advancement of the architecture profession as a whole. The following outline indicates multiple opportunities in which credential holders may earn CEUs.  

Continued Education

Iasa Community Offerings - Iasa continuously offers its members opportunities to participate in educational events. View the Iasa Event Calendar for more information regarding these activities.

Iasa Chapter Offerings - Iasa Chapters offer regular chapter meetings, regional events, and other opportunities for learning and collaborating with your local architect community. Join an Iasa Chapter near you to take advantage of these offerings.

Educational Programs by Outside Providers - Iasa recognizes relevant educational activities and programs offered by organizations outside of Iasa. If you should have any questions about relevant CEU earning activities, please don't hesitate to contact Iasa for support: contactus@iasahome.org.

Self-Directed Learning - Iasa will recognize activities that involve personally conducted research or study, including discussions or coaching sessions with colleagues or clients. Such activities should make use of informational materials such as instruction manuals, articles, books, video, or other learning material.

Contributions

Creating new content - Credits will be approved for creating content for the architecture community. You can earn these credits by publishing articles, authoring books, contributing to online publications, presenting podcasts or webinars, speaking during industry events, creating a video, or developing other learning material.

Contributing to Iasa - Iasa offers many opportunities to shape the architecture profession. Iasa members may participate in the Iasa Board of Chapters and Membership or the Iasa Board of Education.You may also volunteer at Iasa to earn hours. 

Volunteer Service - Earn CEUs by providing your professional services to an organization or group outside of your employer; this includes any elected offices you hold for any related industry organizations.

If you should have any questions about relevant CEU earning activities, please don't hesitate to contact Iasa for support: contactus@iasahome.org or call Iasa Headquarters 1.512.637.4272 

Reporting CEUs

Reporting Timeline

CEUs are to be reported in two year cycles. Final CEU Reporting is due on December 31st of every even numbered year (2014, 2016, 2018…)*. Please note that if a certified architect has not reported required CEUs prior to the two-year reporting deadline, his or her certification will expire. If you let your certification expire after its two year cycle, you must re-apply for the certification and pass the exam and evaluations again in order to reclaim your credential.

*Please Note: Due to the need to update the CEU credit of existing credential holders, Iasa will require an interim CEU report due the end of 2013.

Certification Obtained

Year Due (December)

2009

2012

2010

2012

2011

2014

2012

2014

2013

2016

2014

2016

2015

2018

2016

2018

2017

2020

2018

2020

 

Iasa CEU Reporting Form:

The candidate must submit documentation and location of each CEU including attendance, time frame, location and length of activity. A separate Iasa CEU Reporting Form must be submitted for each independent CEU project you wish to report. It is recommended that you submit this form to Iasa on an ongoing basis.


  


FAQs


How often do I need to submit a CEU Reporting Form?
A CEU Reporting Form must be submitted for every CEU activity. It is recommended that you submit a CEU Reporting Form after the completion of each activity claimed. As long as your CEU's are reported by the deadline there is no minimum requirement for reporting as you earn them.

How often do I need to submit a Practice Reporting Form?
A Practice Reporting Form must be submitted for each project or discrete work activity. This form is due to Iasa before the two-year reporting deadline.
 
Do I need to be logged in as an Iasa member in order to submit a CEU Reporting Form?
No. You may submit the online reporting form without logging into the Iasa website as an Iasa member. Though, as of 2014, you are required to maintain a full membership with Iasa.

How many CEUs do I need to satisfy the Iasa CEU requirements?
All credential holders are required to collect 40 hours of CEUs annually (80 total in contribution and education). In combination with obtaining CEUs, the credential holder is also required to have worked as an architect for a period of at least 8-weeks during the same year.

How often will CEUs be calculated?
Iasa calculates CEUs on a two-year basis. Final CEU Reporting is due on December 31st of every even numbered year: 2014, 2016, 2018…

Will I ever be required to re-take my exam?
The Iasa CEU Program has been implemented to ensure that professionals maintain their level of capability without the onus of recertification, which is both difficult and expensive. However, failure to maintain CEU requirements will result in the expiration of the credential, and therefore may require re-certification. 

What will happen if I fail to complete or report the required CEUs to maintain my certification?
Failure to complete or report required CEUs will result in the expiration of your certification. CEUs must be reported to Iasa before the December 31st deadline in even numbered years. 

How will CEU reporting be governed?
Governance of CEUs will be managed through random audits. Iasa will select a candidate for audit based on a random selection methodology. Selected candidates will be contacted by an Iasa employee to review their credential submissions individually.

I’m not sure if a specific activity will be approved by Iasa as a CEU activity. How can I know for sure?
If you should have any questions about relevant CEU earning activities, please don't hesitate to contact Iasa for support: contactus@iasahome.org or call Iasa Headquarters 1.512.637.4272