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Continuing Education for Architects

 
The State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers & Professional Land Surveyors developed a CE process that allows a licensee to demonstrate continued competency and their ability to learn, integrate and apply the knowledge, skill and judgment to practice architecture according to generally accepted industry standards and professional ethical standards.

For the next license renewal period ending October 31, 2015, an Architect shall complete 12 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) each calendar year (2014 and 2015 for a total of 24 CEHs).

A CEH must be a structured educational effort and consist of not less than fifty (50) minutes of actual instruction, presentation or activity in Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) subjects and must meet other criteria outlined in rule 4.9.3.1.2 of the Bylaws, Rules and Policies of the State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers, and Professional Land Surveyors.

An important component of this program requires that the acceptable CE activity include a documented process or procedure that demonstrates retention. This documentation may be in the form of an examination, quiz or test given at the conclusion of the activity or can be documented on the CE Structured Form.

You will not send in your CE documentation at the time of your license renewal. You will be asked to attest that you have complied with the requirement to complete CE at the time of your license renewal.
 
Also, you will not be able to change your license status online, i.e. from Active to Inactive, Inactive to Active, Expired to Active, etc.  You will be required to submit the appropriate application available at the Board’s website, click on “Professionals” then “Architects” and available in Licensing Services.


Continuing Education FAQs
 

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All the rules and regulations about the Architect CE requirements can be found online here.  Scroll to Board rule 4.9.3.1.2.

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A new law effective July 1, 2009, requires architects to complete Continuing Education (CE) in order to renew their Colorado architect license.

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For the 2014 and 2015 calendar years, an architect shall have acquired twelve (12) CEHs per calendar year totaling twenty-four (24) CEHs. It is not required that the CEH be acquired within the State of Colorado, see Board rule 4.9.3.1.2.5.A law effective July 1, 2009 requires architects to complete Continuing Education (CE) in order to renew their Colorado architect license.

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The Board will measure an approved Continuing Education (CE) activity in Continuing Education Hours (CEHs). One CEH shall consist of 50 to 60 minutes of continuous actual educational instruction, presentation or activity in Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) subjects. This activity must be a structured educational effort and meet the criteria as an acceptable activity outlined in Board rules 4.9.3.1.2.8 through 4.9.3.1.2.11. It is not required that the CEH be acquired within the State of Colorado; see Board rule 4.9.3.1.2.5.

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HSW stands for Health, Safety and Welfare. See Board rule 4.9.3.1.2.8 for more information and the definition of HSW.

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No. In order to renew your license in 2015, your CE must be completed in the 2014 and 2015 calendar years. There is no carryover of CE, see Board rule 4.9.3.1.2.7 effective January 1, 2012.

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It depends. If you received your license by endorsement, then you must meet the CE requirements.  See Board Policy 40.14.1 for additional information for licenses by endorsement. However, if your Colorado license was initially issued by exam or by transfer of grades within 12 months immediately preceding the license expiration, you do not need to meet the CE requirement for this renewal period. See Board rule 4.9.3.1.2.15(b).

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No, you do not. However, the Board will maintain a list of inactive licensees who choose not to comply with continuing education. You will be required to meet the requirement when you resume your practice and submit your application to become active. See Board rule 4.9.2.

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Yes. If you wish to renew or hold a Colorado Architect license, you must comply with state statutes, including §12-25-315.5 C.R.S., and the Bylaws, Rules and Policies of the State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors.

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No, but you should be able to determine if your educational effort meets the definitions and criteria outlined in Board rule 4.9.3.1.2.

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The Board does not pre-approve any CE activities, courses or programs. See Board rule 4.9.3.1.2.13. Therefore, no list of approved classes or providers is available. The activity must be a structured educational effort and meet the criteria, one of which is a Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) activity and as an acceptable activity outlined in Board rules 4.9.3.1.2.8 through 4.9.3.1.2.11.

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The Board does not pre-approve any CE activities, courses or programs. See Board rule 4.9.3.1.2.13. The activity must be a structured educational effort and meet the criteria, one of which is a Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) activity and as an acceptable activity outlined in 4.9.3.1.2.8 through 4.9.3.1.2.11.

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Not necessarily. The activity must be a structured educational effort and meet the criteria, one of which is a Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) activity, and is an acceptable activity outlined in Board rules 4.9.3.1.2.8 through 4.9.3.1.2.11.

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No. Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) lectures, seminars and workshops from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) are acceptable. Other organizations’ activities may be acceptable as well. They must be HSW and meet the acceptable activity criteria as outlined in Board rules 4.9.3.1.2.8 through 4.9.3.1.2.11.

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Yes, as long as they meet the defined criteria, one of which is a Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) activity, and is an acceptable activity outlined in Board rules 4.9.3.1.2.8 through 4.9.3.1.2.11 and were acquired in the required time period.

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No, there are not as long as the activity is a structured educational effort and meets the criteria outlined in Board rules 4.9.3.1.2.8 through 4.9.3.1.2.11.

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No. There is a list of unacceptable CE activities listed and that includes serving on Federal, State or municipal boards or commissions. See Board Rule 4.9.3.1.2.12 for the complete list of unacceptable CE activities.

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Not necessarily. The activity must be a structured educational effort and meet the criteria in Board rule 4.9.3.1.2, including that it be a Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) activity, be an acceptable activity outlined in 4.9.3.1.2.8 through 4.9.3.1.2.11 and include a documented process or procedure that demonstrates retention as defined in 4.9.3.1.2.9.

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Not necessarily. The activity must be a structured educational effort and meet the criteria in Board rule 4.9.3.1.2, including that it be a Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) activity, be an acceptable activity outlined in 4.9.3.1.2.8 through 4.9.3.1.2.11 and include a documented process or procedure that demonstrates retention as defined in 4.9.3.1.2.9.

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If the Board should disallow any CEH as a result of an audit, you will be allowed 60 days to provide one of the following:

  • Documentation that the CEH meets the criteria
  • Evidence of acquiring an additional CEH during the required time period, or
  • “Remedy the disallowance.”

See Board rule 4.9.3.1.2.17.

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 This documentation can be in different formats but you will be required to demonstrate retention, which may be in the form of an examination, quiz or test given at the conclusion of a presentation, lecture or online course. Or, you can complete a structured form that includes the required information. See Board rule 4.9.3.1.2.9. For the Continuing Education Structured form, click here.

 

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No, you do not submit your documentation to renew your license. You will be asked to attest that you have complied with the requirement to complete CE at the time of renewal. Maintain your CE documentation, and if audited, you will be required to submit that proof within 30 days. See Board rule 4.9.3.1.2.17.  However, you are required to maintain your documentation for a specified time, see Board rule 4.9.3.1.2.14.

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Your documentation must be retained for six years after the renewal or calendar period, as applicable, as the audit could happen at any point during the full renewal period. Therefore, keep your records from the July 31, 2011 renewal until at least the next renewal in 2017, or until 2020 from the October 31, 2013 renewal and until 2021 for the October 31, 2015 renewal. If you are audited, you will be required to submit the documentation to the Board within 30 days. See Board rule 4.9.3.1.2.14.

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In order to maintain your active license, you must meet the CE requirement of a minimum of 12 CEHs completed in each calendar year in Health, Safety and Welfare in the two calendar years of renewal, i.e. 2014 and 2015 for the October 31, 2015 renewal and 2016 and 2017 for the October 31, 2017 renewal. If you do not, you may be subject to Board discipline up to and including revocation.

 The renewal requires an attestation that you have completed the required CE. Falsely completing the attestation is not advised.

There are numerous opportunities with which to fulfill this requirement. Refer to Board rule 4.9.3.1.2 Continuing Education Requirements for Renewal for details on what is acceptable at the Laws, Rules and Policies page. Note that the law and the rules require that the licensee demonstrate retention of the CE material.

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The Board has sole discretion to decide whether to make exceptions to the requirements for reason of an individual hardship including but not limited to health or other good cause. A written request with supporting documentation as to why the exception is being requested should be submitted to the Board in order for the case to be considered. See Board rule 4.9.3.1.2.16.

 

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An architect shall not be subject to the requirement for CEHs in order to renew a license if during the current renewal period, the licensee was called to federally funded active military duty for more than 120 days for the purpose of serving in a war, emergency, or contingency or within the six months following the completion of service in the war, emergency, or contingency. See Board rule 4.9.3.1.2.15. Licensees shall be required to meet all other licensure requirements, including compliance with the Architecture Practice Act and Board rules

 

 

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The Board has the sole discretion to decide whether to allow for an extension under Board rule 4.9.3.1.2.16 based on hardship related to health or other good cause. Submit a written request with supporting documentation as to why the extension is being requested to the Board in order for the case to be considered.

 

 

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No, there is no carryover of excess CEH effective January 1, 2012 for the October 31 renewal. See Board rule 4.9.3.1.2.7.

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None, there is no carryover of excess CEH. See Board rule 4.9.3.1.2.7.

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You will be required to meet the CE requirements that are in the Board’s rules at the time you renew which is 12 CEHs completed in each calendar year 2014 and 2015 (totaling 24 CEHs). It is suggested you bookmark and visit the Board’s website at www.dora.colorado.gov/professions/architects and carefully review the Board Rules for current information.

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Not necessarily. Review the Board rule 4.9.3.1.2.14 which defines all elements required to be contained within the documentation.

 

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The Colorado Board decided to align with the NCARB Model Regulations for the reason that it will help licensees. If there is one approach nationally, using the same terminology, requiring the same amount of continuing education hours, on the same calendar, and requiring the same qualitative content, then it will be much easier for licensees to comply and the focus will be on continuing education of the licensee

 

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Board Policy 40.14.1 – Architect Renewal – allows for the following:

If you were licensed by endorsement between January 1, 2013 and June 30, 2013, and
 
1.  You were licensed in your endorsing state in 2013, you are responsible for completion of 12 CEHs in calendar year 2013, or,
 
2.  You were licensed in your endorsing state prior to 2013, you must complete 12 CEHs in calendar year 2013 and attest your compliance with your endorsing state's continuing education requirements for calendar year 2012.
 
If you were licensed by endorsement after June 30, 2013 you are not subject to the 2013 license renewal process or the 2013 Continuing Education requirements.
 
This policy only applies to the 2013 Renewal.
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If you did not complete the required 12 CEHs in calendar year 2014, you will need to self report your non compliance in writing to the Board.  Please include information as to how many of the 12 CEH were completed and/or the number of CEH you are deficient.

If you determine you have not completed the required 12 CEH in calendar year 2015, you have through the end of the calendar to complete your compliant CEH.
 

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A CE “calendar year” is based on the calendar, i.e. January 1 through December 31.
 

 
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