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Continuing Education Tips

by Thom Lowther, Senior Director, AIA/CESWashington, DC

Self Reporting

When you want to self-report a learning activity please keep in mind that what matters is not "what you do", but "what you learnedthat you can apply toward your practice".

The AIA does not give CES credit for being on a jury, panel, commission, etc.It does allow, however, some credit for specific new knowledge that you may gain from such type of event.This is considered as "research", and as such it does not apply toward HSW credit, regardless of the topic.Remember: each specific learning event must be reported separately.

FAQ 18: Can I receive credit for my volunteer work?

Volunteer work is a wonderful way to give back to the community.However, the intent of the continuing education program is to further the development of the architect.Consider whether or not the activity is new knowledge gained in reference to your practice.

Ask yourself whether the event is planned to help you in your practice or to share the knowledge that you have with others?

If you feel that this experience was a valid educational experience that can be applied to your practice of architecture,then you may self-report.You will be required to clearly state your learning experience and how it will specifically help you improve your practice.

The self-report form can be completed electronically via the web:

You can also access from here the AIA/CES Transcript.

Also note that some of the state licensing boards do not accept this type of activity for state MCE credits.It is best to contact your state directly to be sure.

Links to the state boards are available at the AIA website: