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Illinois Architects Continuing Education Requirements FAQs

How do I renew my Illinois architect license?

A renewal notice will be sent to you in the mail approximately two months prior to the expiration date of your license.  It is important to always keep your address updated with the state so you will receive your renewal notice.  

What are the Illinois Continuing Education Guideline Requirements?

Illinois architects must complete a minimum of 24 continuing education hours (CEHs) including 16-Hours in HSW subjects by November 30th of even-numbered years.

Do I need to complete continuing education requirements for my AIA membership?

Yes, as an Architect member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), 18 learning unit hours are required per calendar-year for membership renewal.  Of these 18 hours, at least 12 hours must be in subjects designated as Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW).

Are AIA approved classes accepted to renew my Illinois architect license?


I have extra Illinois architect continuing education hours, can I apply them to the next renewal cycle?

No, learning units must be completed in their respective cycle.

Who notifies Illinois of my architect continuing education?

The licensee must notify the state. Continuing education records must be kept for 5-years. Architects Training Institute will store your records for 6-years at no extra cost.

How do I obtain an Illinois architect license?

Follow the instructions on and complete the Architecture Information Application.

Does Illinois offer architect reciprocity?


My Illinois architect registration has lapsed/is inactive, how do I reinstate it?

If your license has been expired/inactive for less than 3-years you must submit a written request including:

Your Name
License Number
Current Address
Valid Email Address
Proof of Completing 24-Hours of Continuing Education
Child Support Statement

If your license has been expired/inactive for more than 3-years you must contact the department to reinstate.

Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation

320 West Washington Street
Springfield, Illinois 62786

Phone: 217-785-0820
Toll-Free: 1-888-4REGUL8 (1-888-473-4858)
TTY: 1-866-325-4949


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