Continuing Education - Architects
On October 6, 2022, Board staff gave a webinar discussing and explaining recent CE changes, the audit process, and other information related to continuing education.
You can view it here: https://youtu.be/0A5YJ9Od85o
Every licensed architect in Nebraska must meet the continuing education requirements as a condition for license renewal.
License reinstatement applicants are required to provide documentation of compliance with continuing education requirements during the two-year period prior to their application.
Effective January 1, 2022, a learning activity is required to be 1) technical in nature, and 2) address a topic that is categorized as a Health Safety and Welfare topic by NCARB, to be an acceptable continuing education activity.
The Board has received numerous questions about what kind of courses are approved. Below are some key points to keep in mind when selecting a course for architectural and/or engineering CE hours.
- The Board has final authority with respect to approval of courses and credits and does not pre-approve courses.
- The Board does not require that architectural-related courses be AIA-approved.
- The continuing education activity must be related to the practice of architecture.
- Any web-based activity in which both the instructor and attendees have the ability to receive and discuss information in real time is not restricted. A licensee can accrue all their hours this way.
- Self-reported activities are separate and different from web-based activities. Self-reported CE learning is learning obtained during a self-directed educational activity. This activity may not have a sponsor or host; you did not receive a certificate for this educational time and you earned it under your own direction and guidance. Any licensee who wants to self-report should complete the self-reported form located on the Board’s website. A licensee can gain credit for these activities in accordance with Rule 9.3.5.
To learn more about the continuing education guidelines and restrictions, read Chapter 9 of the Engineers and Architects Regulation Act Handbook. If you have any questions about continuing education or requirements and restrictions, contact the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Next Expiration Dates:||Renewal Date:||CE Logs timeframe:|
|Active licenses held by those whose last names begin with the initials||December 31, 2023||January 1, 2022 - December 31, 2023|
|Active licenses held by those whose last names begin with the initials L||December 31, 2024||January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2024|
Architectural Continuing Education (ACE) Requirements
Architects must complete 24 actual hours of architectural-related learning every biennial renewal period to meet the continuing education requirements. Of these, all must address the safeguarding of life, health, and property (also referred to as Health, Safety, and Welfare), and one must be directly related to ethical issues of professional practice.
One actual hour of learning means at least 50 minutes spent in verifiable educational pursuit. 0.1 CEU = 1 PDH/PDU = 1 actual hour
Newly licensed architects are exempt from the continuing education requirements for their initial renewal period.
The Board has final authority with respect to approval of courses and credit. The Board does not pre-approve ANY courses.
Information regarding allowable web-based continuing education can be found here.
More detailed information can be found in:
Chapter 9 of the Rules and Regulations in the E&A Regulation Act
Maintenance of records used to support continuing education credits claimed is the responsibility of the licensee. Records must be maintained for a period of four years and copies may be requested by the Board for audit verification purposes. Please do not send records to the Board unless requested for an audit.
Required records include, but are not limited to:
- A log showing the type of activity claimed, sponsoring organization, location, duration, instructor's or speaker's name, and unit credits earned;
- Attendance verification records in the form of completion certificates, self-guided report submittals or other documents supporting evidence of attendance; or
- Records of CE activities maintained by AIA or similar repositories.
The Board establishes a number of licensees to be selected at random for an audit of their continuing education. The selection of licensees typically occurs in October, when the renewal system is activated. Licensees are notified of their selection for an audit once their renewal fee is received.
Those selected must successfully complete the audit in order to have their license renewed. If the audit is not successfully completed by the license expiration date, the individual will not be authorized to practice architecture in Nebraska unless and until the audit is successfully completed and their license is renewed.
If you are selected for an audit, you will need to submit:
- A log of continuing education credits claimed for the biennial renewal period, and
If you have any questions about the continuing education requirements for architects, please contact us.