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NCARB Adopts Model Continuing Education Regulations Requiring 12 Hours of Health, Safety, and Welfare Training Annually
In this era of increasing technological sophistication, we yearn for efficiency in our daily responsibilities. For architects, this is as simple as maintaining continuing education requirements for licensure in over 40 jurisdictions that require it. As such, the AIA and its Board have been in a constant dialogue with NCARB on this key issue.
Last month at its annual meeting, NCARB member boards adopted model regulations that include a minimum requirement of 12 structured Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) continuing education hours to be earned annually, establishing consistency among the jurisdictions. Currently, the 54 U.S. licensing jurisdictions have varied requirements for continuing education hours. The goal of this model regulation is to promote uniformity in continuing education requirements across all jurisdictions and make reporting of these requirements easier for architects licensed in multiple states. The other key element of the model regulation is to align the reporting period with the calendar year rather than the license renewal cycle.
Parallel with NCARB’s committee work to develop this model regulation, AIA President Clark Manus, FAIA, appointed a task force in late 2010 to study the AIA’s continuing education requirements and to make recommendations to the AIA’s education committee and the AIA Board. The Continuing Education Collaborative Task Force includes board members Doug Benson, AIA, Kevin Flynn, FAIA, and Glen LeRoy, FAIA; two at-large members, Ed Ziegler, AIA, and Rives Taylor, FAIA; and three representatives from CACE, Sara Kay, Jason Shelley, and Debbie Burns, Hon. AIA. Bill Seider, AIA, served as an observer to NCARB’s Committee on Professional Development, as well as on the AIA’s Continuing Education Task Force, and is a member of the Education Committees.
Over the last two years, the AIA and NCARB have made a concerted effort to coordinate the work of their committees. Common shared HSW subjects seen in the model regulation adopted last month have already been used successfully to review all AIA courses. Also, NCARB has assisted the AIA the last two years in reviewing HSW education for the 2010 and 2011 AIA convention. In addition to these collaborative efforts, the AIA has made significant financial and human resource investments in supporting the professional learning needs of members and the on-demand transcript service through the launch of the new AIA CES Discovery system in 2010. The AIA and NCARB will continue to discuss opportunities to collaborate in the area of continuing education as it affects architects in most jurisdictions in the U.S.
Through its state government network, the AIA is continuing to monitor the adoption of these model regulations regarding continuing education within the applicable licensing jurisdictions, and will support advocacy efforts at the state level when called upon. The intent is to empower members in meeting their license renewal requirements.
Look in future issues of AIArchitect for any changes to the AIA’s continuing education requirements that may occur as we continue to raise the professional standards for AIA members.