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Hours 12 18
License period September - August January - December
HSW (Health, Safety, Welfare) topics 8 hours 12 hours
Other topics n/a n/a
Extra hours Do not carry forward Carry forward
Grace period None 9 months
Credit tracking Maintain your own CE records Credits are tracked for you
Online transcript No Yes, view it here
CE events’ credits Sign in and request a certificate of attendance every time you attend a CE-qualifying event. Sign in with your AIA number at all CE events to be sure credits are recorded.
Audits Send your certificates of attendance from any BSA events to the BSA. We will verify and return them so you can forward your completed records to the state licensing board. If you are audited, print and send your transcript to the state licensing board with a copy of your AIA membership card.

Architects who are not AIA members must meet state continuing-education credit requirements. AIA architects must meet AIA/CES requirements. If these credits are completed between September and August, members can fulfill MA requirements as well.

Additional resources for the MA state requirements

Additional resources for the AIA requirements

2015 NCARB requirements update

NCARB announced it would be launching an effort to streamline IPD in fall 2014, with an intent to enact the changes in June of 2015. Recently,  the organization announced that progress has been made, however not every state jurisdiction is prepared to follow—Massachusetts is among the states that will not alter IDP requirements immediately.

A freeze on regulation changes imposed by the Governor's office spanning 90 days of early 2015 has inhibited the architectural licensure board from enacting changes to bring Massachusetts regulation into harmony with NCARB proposals. John Miller FAIA, Massachusetts Board of Regulations of Architects chair, shares that the board is ideologically supportive of the streamlining effort, and is pursuing regulatory adjustment to bring Massachusetts regulations in line with current NCARB standards in the near future. For more on the NCARB streamlining, visit