State Licensing for Architects
Licensing in Virginia
Each State/jurisdiction sets its own requirements for the initial registration, examination and practice of architecture. In Virginia, the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) , a Commerce and Trade secretariat agency, is responsible for professional boards including the practice of architecture. It is advisable to always check with the individual board to verify registration and practice requirements.
Those interested in learning more about Virginia requirements should visit the DPOR Licensing Area. This site contains links to application forms and publications, important announcements and online services. Using the online License Lookup feature, you can look up information about individuals or businesses licensed to practice in the State of Virginia. There is also a link to renew state licenses online. For license renewal for Virginia architects, click here.
For information on architecture registration requirements for states other than Virginia, NCARB provides links to registration boards in all NCARB jurisdictions.
Mandatory Continuing Education (MCE) for Virginia Licensed Architects
The Virginia General Assembly passed a bill during the 2006 legislative session which mandates that the APELSCIDLA Board implement a mandatory continuing education program (16 hours of continuing education activities) for architects, professional engineers, and land surveyors (HB1054). The law became effective on July 1, 2006, and the Board initiated the process to promulgate the necessary regulations for the program on September 7, 2006, which will take approximately 18 to 24 months. Therefore, at this time, mandatory continuing education is not required and the regulations which will address the details have not yet been created. You may track the development of these regulations via the link for Pending Regulatory Action.
The Virginia Society AIA is working with the Virginia state licensing board to assist in the development of administrative rules that will guide fulfillment of this new education requirement. The AIA Hampton Roads Calendar of Events: Continuing Education Opportunities for Architects
For a list of current continuing education opportunities offered by AIA Hampton Roads, click on our Upcoming Events calendar. Look for the label HSW to indicate you will earn Health, Safety and Welfare learning units which in most cases will apply to both your AIA continuing education requirements and State MCE requirements.