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Continuing Professional Competency Requirements (Number of Hours and Course Content Required) - Architects


  • Licensees are required to complete 12 Learning Units (LUs) —50 minutes of instruction per 60-minute hour in Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) subjects —during each of the two calendar years preceding the calendar year in which the license expires.
  • In the event a licensee is unable to complete the 12-per-year requirement, but still completes 24 LUs during the licensing term, the Board will accept such completion as fulfilling the renewal requirements. However, not adhering to the 12-per-year requirement may affect reciprocity in other states.
  • ALL of the LUs earned must be from professional development activities in Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) subjects.
  • No LUs earned in excess of the 12 annual units required for a license renewal may be carried forward.
  • LUs are to be earned as part of professional development activities approved by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), or the Board. The activities must contain clear outcome measures, such as quizzes or projects, and may be delivered in classroom instruction, online, or other approved formats.
  • Licensees renewing for the first time after receiving their initial license are exempt.

The records must be maintained for at least two years from the date of completion of the qualifying program. Licensees are subject to a random audit of LUs completed during each license term. The reporting requirements are described in Section .07 of the regulations.


View the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR).