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ARCHITECTURE CONTINUING EDUCATION HANDBOOK
INSTRUCTIONS, APPLICATIONS AND GENERAL INFORMATION
FOR ARCHITECTURE CONTINUING EDUCATION
Application Checklist begins on page 11
If you have any questions or need assistance completing this application, please contact the Department
of Business and Professional Regulation, Customer Contact Center, at 850.487.1395.
Applicants are cautioned to read questions thoroughly. Be certain that all questions are answered
truthfully and that all requested information is submitted with the application.
PREAMBLE
The Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design recognizes continuing education for the sole
purpose of building upon the basic knowledge of architecture, thereby increasing protection of public
health, safety and welfare. Section 481.215(3), Florida Statutes (F.S.) requires architects licensed by the
state to complete 24 hours of continuing education within a given renewal cycle in order to renew a
license. Courses taken to fulfill this requirement must be approved by the board or department. This
handbook is generated to familiarize those interested in becoming a provider with established
requirements and afford licensees an in-depth understanding of the criteria necessary to maintain this
mission. Courses taken to fulfill the required number of hours in specialized or advanced topics of the
Florida Building Code, must be approved as such by the Florida Building Commission.
For further information, you may contact the department at 850.487.1395 or write to the Department of
Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Professions – Bureau of Education and Testing, 2601
Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0791.
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ARCHITECTURE CONTINUING EDUCATION HANDBOOK
INSTRUCTIONS, APPLICATIONS AND GENERAL INFORMATION
FOR ARCHITECTURE CONTINUING EDUCATION
Application Checklist begins on page 11
If you have any questions or need assistance completing this application, please contact the Department
of Business and Professional Regulation, Customer Contact Center, at 850.487.1395.
Applicants are cautioned to read questions thoroughly. Be certain that all questions are answered
truthfully and that all requested information is submitted with the application.
PREAMBLE
The Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design recognizes continuing education for the sole
purpose of building upon the basic knowledge of architecture, thereby increasing protection of public
health, safety and welfare. Section 481.215(3), Florida Statutes (F.S.) requires architects licensed by the
state to complete 24 hours of continuing education within a given renewal cycle in order to renew a
license. Courses taken to fulfill this requirement must be approved by the board or department. This
handbook is generated to familiarize those interested in becoming a provider with established
requirements and afford licensees an in-depth understanding of the criteria necessary to maintain this
mission. Courses taken to fulfill the required number of hours in specialized or advanced topics of the
Florida Building Code, must be approved as such by the Florida Building Commission.
For further information, you may contact the department at 850.487.1395 or write to the Department of
Business and Professional Regulation, Division of Professions – Bureau of Education and Testing, 2601
Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0791.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page Number
Definitions......................................................................................................................................... 3
Continuing Education Requirement Overview ................................................................................. 4
Course Information ........................................................................................................................... 6
Provider Information ......................................................................................................................... 7
Licensee Responsibilities ................................................................................................................. 9
Licensees Seeking Individual Credit ................................................................................................ 9
Board Responsibilities ...................................................................................................................... 9
Department Responsibilities .......................................................................................................... 10
Provider and Course Fees and Checklist ...................................................................................... 11
Provider and Course Application………………………………………………………………………...12
Forms for Provider Use
Continuing Education Evaluation Summary Form ............................................................ 15
Provider Course Evaluation Summary Form .................................................................... 16
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DEFINITIONS
Automatic Provider
and Course:
Organizations recognized by the board and department whose courses are
automatically accepted for architecture continuing education without pre-review
or approval including: The American Institute of Architects (AIA) (national level
only) as reflected in their Continuing Education System (CES), the National
Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), the Interior Design
Continuing Education Council (IDCEC), the National Council of Interior Design
Qualifications (NCIDQ), Construction Industry Licensing Board, Building Code
Administrators and Inspectors Board, and providers and courses that have been
approved for interior design continuing education. The automatically accepted
courses must have been designated as public health, safety, and welfare
courses by the approving organization.
Board:
The Board of Architecture and Interior Design establishes rules for the effective
implementation of Chapter 481, Part I, F.S.
CEH:
Continuing education hour. One CEH is equal to 50 minutes.
Non-classroom hours will be reviewed on an hour-for-hour basis.
Continuing Education: Programs of learning which contribute directly to professional competency
following licensure in areas of knowledge related to health, safety, and welfare of
the public in the practice of architecture.
Department:
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).
Florida Building Code
Advanced Course:
Advanced instruction in the Florida Building Code curriculum as established or
accredited by the Florida Building Commission. The course is a renewal
requirement for February 28, 2007 and subsequent renewals.
Provider:
A person or entity approved by the board or department who is directly
responsible for making continuing education courses available to licensees.
Qualified Course:
A course that meets the board’s standard in the topics of study and has been
approved by the board or department.
Qualified Instructor:
An individual or group, who by virtue of education, training or experience;
possess knowledge on a topic of study.
Renewal Cycle:
A period of time consisting of two, 12-month years at the end of which the
architect renews his/her license. The renewal cycle for architecture license
begins each odd-numbered year on March 1 and continues for two consecutive
years until February 28 of the next odd-numbered year.
Reporting Cycle:
A period of time consisting of the two calendar years immediately prior to an
architect’s licensure renewal during which an architect will complete the 24 hours
st
of each
of continuing education. The reporting cycle shall begin on January 1
st
odd numbered year and end on December 31
of the next even numbered year.
At the time of licensure renewal, an architect will certify completion of 24 hours
for the prior reporting cycle.
Reporting Certificates: Forms which verify licensee attendance during continuing education courses.
Topics of Study:
Technical and professional architectural subjects relative to safeguarding the
public health, safety, and welfare.
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CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENT OVERVIEW
Requirements
Each registered architect must complete 24 CEHs of educational instruction or training of study approved
by the board or department prior to licensure renewal. The licensee must acquire the necessary hours
within the reporting cycle ending prior to licensure renewal. Thus, when an architect renews on February
28, odd numbered year, he/she will certify completion of 24 hours for the previous two calendar years, for
a total of 24 CEHs upon renewal.
Example:
Architect renews on February 28, 2013. He/she must certify completion of HSW CEHs in the 2011 -2012
(Jan – Dec).
Board or department approved programs are intended to:
Enhance the quality of the existing technical knowledge;
Fill voids that may exist in the professional education and internship training;
Provide knowledge of new technical areas; and/or
Programs intended to focus on the practical applications that impact the public health, safety and
welfare. Refer to Section 455.201(2), Florida Statutes.
A person initially licensed for less than 24 months prior to the end of a renewal cycle need not complete
any continuing education as a condition of the first renewal.
All subsequent renewals require 24 hours of continuing education.
All continuing education hours are required in health, safety, and welfare topics of study.
Each licensee shall complete two (2) hours of specialized or advanced study on the Florida Building
Code. The two (2) hours shall count toward the 24 hours of continuing education required and is
considered public health, safety, and welfare topic of study. You are not required to take this course each
calendar year. You must take the course once during each reporting cycle.
Disallowances
If the board or department determines that continuing education credits are to be disallowed, licensees
shall have 60 calendar days after notification to substantiate the original claim or earn other continuing
education hours to meet the minimum requirements.
Fraud or misrepresentation in certification of course attendance or any other aspect of fulfilling continuing
education requirements will be disciplined in accordance with Section 481.225(1)(e), F.S.
Exemptions or Deferrals
A licensee’s continuing education requirement may be deferred if one of the following conditions apply:
1) Placement of a license into an inactive status. However, in order to reactivate a license, the licensee
must provide evidence of completing 24 hours of continuing education based on the requirements
that would have been in place in order to maintain the license in an active status.
2) A request for deferral based on personal hardship shall be made prior to an applicant submitting an
application for licensure renewal. Personal hardship is limited to illness, death within an immediate
family or acts of God, and will be considered on an individual basis provided that appropriate
evidence substantiating the hardship is submitted.
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Record Keeping
The licensee is responsible for retaining proof of participation in continuing education activities. Such
verification includes the following as applicable:
1) A transcript or list showing activity claimed, sponsoring organization, location, and duration;
2) Attendance certificates;
3) Signed attendance receipts; or
4) Sponsor’s list of attendees (signed by a person in responsible charge of the activity).
Records must be retained for a period of two (2) years following the last day of the applicable renewal
cycle. Copies must be furnished to the board for monitoring compliance with the continuing education
requirements if requested.
Reporting
Payment of fees associated with the timely renewal of a license will signify successful completion of
continuing education requirements. Reporting or course completion certificates should be maintained by
each licensee.
Architect and Interior Design continuing education course providers are exempt from reporting attendance
rosters. However, course providers who have department-assigned provider and course numbers have
the option to report continuing education credit hours. If reported, such hours will be posted to an
individual’s license record and will be reflected on the department’s online services at
www.MyFloridaLicense.com.
Courses that are automatically accepted for continuing education credit but not specifically assigned a
course number by the department (i.e. AIA, IDCEC, NCARB, etc.) cannot be reported or manually
entered into the department’s computer system.
Please be advised that your online account will only reflect the hours voluntarily reported by course
providers and may not be an actual reflection of the hours you have completed. This will not affect your
ability to renew your license. In accordance with this continuing education handbook, you are required to
maintain course completion certificates for two (2) years following the last day of the applicable renewal
cycle.
If you are selected by the department for monitoring of compliance with continuing education
requirements you will be required to produce documents as provided above under Record Keeping. If you
are an out of state licensee, you will also be required to submit a copy of your resident state statutes and
rules as they pertain to continuing education. Please refer to the Out of State Licensee Information
section.
Failure to Fulfill Required Hours
Failure to fulfill continuing education requirements may result in disciplinary action as outlined in Section
481.215(3), F.S. and Rule 61G1-12, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C).
1) If a license is placed into inactive status, licensees will be required to verify completion of all
continuing education requirements as established for each renewal cycle the license remained
inactive, not to exceed 24 hours. Licensees are prohibited from the practice of architecture during
periods of inactive licensure status.
2) If a license is placed into a delinquent status, licensees will be required to immediately cease the
practice of architecture in the state of Florida until such time as the license is fully renewed and
activated. Licensees who continue to practice architecture during the time of license delinquency are
subject to being fined in accordance with Rule 61G1-12.004(2)(i), F.A.C.
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