Information Regarding the Continuing Educational Requirement
Continuing Education Update: Vermont State Board of Architects (02/20/2001)
In response to questions on how to meet the new continuing education requirements for architects we offer the following:
The Vermont State Board of Architects regulates the practice of the profession of architecture in Vermont primarily for the protection of the health, safety and welfare of building occupants and users.
Vermont Architects are now required to: Complete 24 hours of study during the two (2) years between license renewals, in topics defined as health, safety and welfare related. This equals an average of one hour per month of self directed or formal learning. Many states have now adopted similar requirements for architects and other professions.
All AIA learning hours in HSW topics are accepted as are a wide variety of self-directed and formal educational settings. Classes, professional seminars, workshops, technical training, trade show seminars, magazine articles, and video tapes are all acceptable means of study.
Since a period eighteen (18) months elapsed between the passage of the new law requiring continuing education for architects, and the first renewal period in January of 2001, the Board will accept 18 credits to fulfil the continuing education requirements for the first renewal period. To simplify reporting, you may attach your AIA continuing education form or other learning reports to the renewal form. You may be asked to provide further documentation is some cases.
HEALTH SAFETY AND WELFARE DEFINED
HSW in architecture is anything that relates to the structure, safety or soundness of buildings and sites: and promotes the general welfare of building occupants and users. Appropriate topics for study in HSW are generally defined as issues addressed by the Architecture Registration Examination (ARE).
HEALTH - Aspects of architecture that have wholesome, beneficial and healthful effects among the users of buildings or sites and address environmental issues, and health concerns in design and building.
Examples include: building climate, HVAC, humidity control, natural day-lighting, indoor air quality and nontoxic materials and finishes, green building and landscaping.
SAFETY - Aspects of architecture intended to limit or prevent accidental injury or death among users of buildings or sites, and promote public safety.
Examples include fire safety provisions, automatic sprinkler systems, structural and seismic design, wind forces, job-site safety procedures. Also included are provisions that enable equal access by users of buildings or sites. Universal Accessibility, ADA, pedestrian design.
WELFARE - Aspects of architecture that create pleasing and satisfactory building conditions, and positive emotional responses, and experiences among users.
Examples include: Building design, scale, proportions, materials, and color, spaces with special lighting, views of nature, special design features or unique responses to human needs. Also included are historic preservation, community and downtown development, land preservation and conservation, public transit, and topics such as professional ethics and legal liability.
Sources that meet the HSW requirements: AIA monographs, NCARB monographs, L & I Code College, Vermont Star Homes workshops, Build Boston workshops, NESEA workshops, CSI workshops, historic preservation workshops, design workshops, architecture magazine articles, Environmental Building News, US Green Building council, almost anything related to the architectural practice fits into HSW.
Subjects that are solely for increasing profitability or personal enjoyment would not be included.
Chris Liddle, AIA, NCARB
Chair, Vermont Board of Architects
Peggy Atkins, Staff Secretary
Universal Accessibility, ADA
Automatic Sprinkler Systems
Fire Safety Provisions
Structural & Seismic Design
Severe Climate Design
LEED Rating System
Indoor Air Quality
Alternative Energy Sources
Interior Design-Interior Lighting
Lead Paint - Toxic Abatement
Soil & Water Conservation
Special Design-Human Needs
Signage & Way-Finding
Business Management & Administration
Community Service (meetings, hearings)
Travel (unless part of a structured course)
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Continuing Education Credits for Architects
Question: Can continuing education credits obtained in one two year period be carried over to the next renewal period if one has more than 24 credits in one renewal period?
Answer: Up to 12 hours of excess HSW credits maybe carried over to the next 24 hour period only. (Determined at 2/21/2001 meeting)
Question: Does all continuing education credits need to be in health, safety and welfare? If not, how many need to be?
Answer: Yes, as stated, all 24 credits must be HSW. (Determined at 2/21/2001 meeting)
Question: Can all credit be obtained in one year or does it have to be so many each year?
Answer: Yes. The only stipulation is that by the end of the 24 month period, you have 24 hours of HSW credit. (Determined at 2/21/2001 meeting)
What ever continuing education activities are selected, it is expected that the licensee will maintain records documenting them which can be presented in the event of being selected at random for audit of compliance.