Even though the renewal deadline for Florida Architects is February 28, 2015, all continuing education credits must be obtained by December 31, 2014. The license renewal cycle for continuing education runs from March 1, 2013 through December 31, 2014.
Back in November, 2012, Florida Administrative Code outlining the continuing education requirements for licensed Architects changed from 20 to 24 hours, and 2 of those hours must be approved as Florida Building Code Advanced courses. This means that at least two of the 24 hours must cover advanced building code topics, such as wind mitigation, and be approved by the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB), as well as pass through the Florida Building Commission. The Advanced courses must also be reviewed by one of a designated specialists for the Florida Building Commission prior to going before the Board.
When an architect renews their license, they will be required to attest to completing the 24 hours between March 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014. After the February 28, 2015 deadline, architects must completed another 24 hours (with 2 in advanced courses) each biennium, with the next cycle running from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2016.
One last note, the Florida Board of Architecture & Interior Design no longer accepts self-directed courses that have not also been approved by the AIA. All courses must be approved by both the State of Florida and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
For a list of courses and course packages that meet all of the above requirements, go to http://www.architectstraininginstitute.com/state-requirements/florida-state-licensing-requirements/
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