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To further the profession, the AIA requires its members to complete 18 Continuing Education Services Learning Units (CES LUs) per year. Of these, at least 12 hours must qualify as Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW).

AIA|LA, community partners, and AIA|LA Committees organize conferences, seminars, presentations, and tours that offer over 120 CES LUs a year.

Looking for courses to fulfill CES requirements?
Search our Events Calendar for “Learning Units” to see what we have coming up.

Need to check on your CES transcripts?
Visit and “Login” with your AIA member credentials to view your completed courses and unit count.

2019 ADA Seminars

Every other year, AIA|LA partners with Certified Access Specialists to lead 5 hour seminars, that provide architect attendees with the mandatory continuing education requirements for CA license renewal.

The Existing Building - Accessible Environments As We Age
An overview of design considerations which can easily be addressed now to not only allow us to age in place later but also have others visit us whether they have issues concerning accessibility or aging.
Interior Elements & Access
An overview of different interior elements and their requirements typically encountered once you step thru the door, that can either create or interfere with an accessible environment.
The Existing Building - Access Within & Without
An in-depth review for implementing ADAS on existing projects whether or not construction is actually scheduled – in- cluding alteration requirements for public facilities and places of public accommodation from Program Accessibility to Barrier Removal
Making "Impossible" Alterations Possible
Many alterations have elements that cannot be made to comply with current accessibility requirements without substantial or even impossible changes to the existing element(s), or without encroachment into adjacent improvements or spaces.
The ADA "Readily Achievable" Barrier Removal Obligation
The ADA requirement for businesses to remove “architectural and communication barriers” in their existing facilities was intended to be a modest and straightforward requirement that created an entire industry of litigation and compliance consulting, including California’s “CASp” program.
Accessibility Requirements for Mixed-Use Projects
Different and sometimes conflicting accessibility requirements in mixed-use projects have proven to be significantly confusing for not only the architects that design them but also the plan checkers and inspectors responsible for reviewing them.

The Accessible Restroom
Through three separate components: a planning guide, design charrette, and code-compliancy discussion, attendees will be be challenged throughout this interactive session to re-think functional, creative, universal, accessible restroom designs that enhance the market value of properties.


How many CES LUs do I need each year?
Architect members are required to complete a minimum of 18 total Learning Units, 12 of which must fall under the Health Safety Welfare (HSW) category. Associate and Allied members are encouraged to complete LU courses, but it is not required. Emeritus members must complete 1 LU.

Who reports my credits?
AIA members receive the benefit of having the Chapter report all LU credits for AIA|LA events. Non-members should request certificates of completion, and self-report their credits.

I don’t see credit reflected for a CES event I attended – what do I do?
AIA members can check their CES transcripts by visiting and clicking “Login” in the upper righthand corner. If you do not see credit for an event you have attended within 30 days of the event, please contact the Chapter office to confirm.

I attended a non-AIA event and want to report credit. How do I self-report?
Self-reporting LUs should be reserved only for events that you attended that were not administered by an AIA chapter or an AIA-approved CES Provider. Please note that you cannot self report credits for an event that is already an AIA-certified LU event. 

AIA members can self-report LUs by visiting and clicking “Login”. Option to self-report will be offered under the Continuing Education portion of your profile.

  • Members who participate in only part of a program cannot claim any credit for the program.
  • If you repeat a course, no additional credit will be granted or recorded.
  • No partial credit will be offered for CES-approved courses, unless the course is pre-approved to contain multiple, stand-alone sessions.
  • LU credits above the required 18 will roll over to the following year ONLY IF there is a deficiency in credits that year.

View the full AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs

AIAU - Online Courses
Short on time? AIAU is the AIA's online CES course library. Find everything from instructor-led courses to ADA courses that can be completed from your computer.
Continuing Education Dashboard
Search for all AIA chapter CES courses.
AIA California Online Courses
Practice Delivery Methods & other learning opportunities for online coursework.

AIA CES Provider Statement

AIA Los Angeles is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number A053. All registered AIA CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider or this learning program may be sent to AIA CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).
All learning programs offered by the AIA Los Angeles are registered with AIA CES for continuing professional education. As such, they do not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product. AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

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