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Professional Development

AIA Iowa is here to provide the resources you need as you progress in your career.
We provide dozens of hours of Continuing Education each year. 

2019 Professional Development Series

AIA Iowa Professional Development Seminar attendance is not restricted just to architects, others associated to the profession of architecture are invited to attend. AIA Iowa’s goal for member professional development is to produce high quality, affordable programs offered regularly throughout the year and throughout the state, making it accessible to all our members. Topics are selected and developed by our member architects to address timely issues and to meet the diverse needs of each member. Our continuing education programming enables you to learn about new technology, be aware of current trends, be competent with building code requirements, and gain inspiration that will help you and your employees maintain a competitive edge.

2019 Tentative Schedule:

  • Business of Architecture, January 22- Ames
  • Design Professionals Day on the Hill, February 26- Des Moines
  • Disaster Assistance Training, March 14- Des Moines
  • AIA Iowa Spring Conference, April 18- Des Moines
  • Building Technologies, May 9- Waterloo
  • Procrastinators Ball, June 25- Ames
  • Technology, August 15- Sioux City
  • AIA Iowa Annual Convention, September 26-27- Des Moines
  • ADA, October 24- Cedar Rapids
  • Legislative Round Table- November 14- Des Moines

Please visit the Calendar of Events to check out upcoming seminars. For more information contact the AIA Iowa office at 515.244.7502 or info@aiaiowa.org. 

Program Proposals

AIA Iowa welcomes your programming ideas and speaker recommendations for professional development seminars. If you have a program already developed for delivery and would like to submit a proposal, please send your suggestions and/or proposals to Amy Spike, Marketing & Programming Director for AIA Iowa at aspike@aiaiowa.org. She will then bring your ideas to our Professional Development Committee for review. 


Consider partnering with AIA Iowa, an AIA CES Approved Provider, we are organized to serve the needs of over 1,000 member interns and architects at the state and local level. As an AIA Component we support our members through many activities that offer AIA CES credit and provide excellent opportunities to collaborate with Allied Members, Educators, and other CES Providers. For more information on partnerships related to continuing education see our collaborations agreement

Series Partnership

In 2018, we launched our first Professional Development Series. We invited firms to join us as partners and as a benefit of their partnership, they would be able to send 3 employees to each of our Professional Development Series Lectures and Tours for free. We'd like to say a huge thank you to each of our four 2019 Series Partners:


A total of 18 Continuing Education Hours (LUs) required annually, 12 LUs must address Health, Safety, and Welfare (
LU|HSW) annually.

AIA Transcripts and MyCES

AIA Iowa member transcripts can be found by visiting AIA.org, log-on with your email address and password. Questions about your transcript? Contact AIA CES Member Care at 1-800-242-3837, Option 3 or cessupport@aia.org.

A self-report form should be submitted for the following reasons:

  • Earn credit for attendance of a non-AIA provider course
  • Complete studies (including for the LEED exam), write a book or perform research/teaching related to the profession
  • Volunteer in the related profession
  • Participate in a self-guided walking tour 

One may submit this form online.

  1. 1) Begin at www.aia.org 
  2. 2) ‘Login’ at the top right of the page
  3. 3) Hover your mouse over ‘Career’ in the gray toolbar
  4. 4) Click, ‘Course Self-Report’
  5. 5) Click, ‘Yes’ to continue
  6. 6) Fill out the entire online self-report form
  7. 7) Click, ‘Submit’

Note: As of January 1, 2012, HSW credit can no longer be self-reported. All HSW credits must be reported by an AIA CES Provider. You may still continue to self-report 'General' Learning Units. Only AIA Providers may report HSW credits in your behalf.
Once submitted, each self-report will be reviewed within 10 business days. If approved, the activity will be added onto your AIA transcript.


State of Iowa Requirements

The State of Iowa has Mandatory Continuing Education (MCE) requirements in conjunction with the biennial (every two years) license renewal cycle. Visit theIowa Architectural Examining Board websiteto read Iowa's complete MCE rules. For more information contact the Iowa Architectural Examining Board, Lori SchraderBachar, Professional Licensing Bureau, 515.725.9030, lori.schraderbachar@iowa.gov

Learn more about Architecture Licensure in Iowa and State Requirements in this Easy to Read PDF.

Report Date Total Hours Annually LU|HSW Hours Annually Distance Learning Teaching Credit Committee Credit Self Study
June 30 24 hrs/2 yrs 24 hrs/2 yrs Accepted
Accepted Not Accepted

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