Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing


Continuing Professional Compentency Requirements - Maryland Board of Architects



Enabling legislation became effective October 1, 2012 giving the Board the authority to adopt regulations to require continuing professional competency for a licensee as a condition of renewal of a license. The regulations are effective beginning August 19, 2013.

  • Licensees are required to complete 12 Learning Units (LUs) - 50 minutes of instruction per 60-minute hour in health, safety and welfare subjects - during each of the 2 calendar years preceding the calendar year in which the license expires.
  • In the event a licensee is unable to complete the 12-per-year requirement, but still completes 24 LUs during the licensing term, the Board will accept such completion as fulfilling the renewal requirements. However, not adhering to the 12-per-year requirement may affect reciprocity in other states.
  • All of the LUs earned must be from professional development activities in health, safety and welfare subjects.
  • No LUs earned in excess of the 12 annual units required for a license renewal may be carried forward.
  • LUs are to be earned as part of professional development activities approved by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), or the Board. The activities must contain clear outcome measures, such as quizzes or projects, and may be delivered in classroom instruction, online, or other approved formats.
  • Licensees renewing for the first time after receiving their initial license are exempt.

Download a copy of the regulations (PDF document, 24KB, download Adobe Acrobat for free).

Renewing architects should download the CPC Reporting Form (Word document, 66KB, download Word viewer for free) for use in maintaining your records. The records must be maintained for at least 2 years from the date of completion of the qualifying program. Licensees are subject to a random audit of LUs completed during each license term. The reporting requirements are described in Section .07 of the regulations.


You may qualify for an emeritus status license if you:

  1. are currently licensed in Maryland;
  2. have been licensed architect for at least 25 years - 5 years of which were in Maryland; and
    are not the subject of a pending disciplinary action related to the practice of surveying in this or another state.

The fee for an emeritus status license is $68. If granted, this license does not have to be renewed. Download the application (Word document, 267KB, download Word viewer for free). Architects Emeriti are exempt from State CPC requirements, but if they choose to reinstate their licenses in the future, the Board has the discretion to require completion of missed CPC requirements up to a total of 24 LUs.


Any course or activity approved by the American Institute of Architects, or the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, is considered to be a pre-approved course or activity. A course or activity not approved by AIA or NCARB may be given approval by the Board if the licensee seeking approval of the course or activity submits a written request to the Board. Download a copy of the CPC Submittal Directions (Word document, 38KB, download Word viewer for free) for a checklist of documentation to submit.