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AIASF offers a wide variety of year-round professional development opportunities to members. Stay abreast of practice trends, design innovations and building regulations with our continuing education offerings.

AIASF's programs range from workshops and seminars to panel discussions and the popular Procrastinators' Health, Saftey, and Welfare (HSW) Series. These programs are both a member benefit—offering invaluable Continuing Education System (CES) Learning Unit credits (LUs)—and a way of fostering community for all Bay Area design professionals.

Each month, members have many ways to meet their CES requirements. Our year-round Continuing Education Series (CES) draws upon the expertise of highly respected industry leaders for seminars focused on practice management, emerging technology, and design. Furthermore, our many committees regularly discuss topics ranging from small-firm management and major urban design projects to how to keep the design in public architecture.

View different education options below, or visit our calendar for a complete listing of architecture and design programs taking place this month at AIASF and around the city.

Architect Registration Examination (ARE)

The Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) assesses candidates for their knowledge, skills, and ability to provide the various services required in the practice of architecture.

ARE Pact

AIASF’s ARE Pact program offers the perfect incentive to get licensed: take all exams required by NCARB for licensure within 12 months and you will receive a full refund of your $1,000 enrollment fee. Enrollment in the program includes a peer study group assigned by AIASF, a team leader and mentor assigned to your group, free admission to monthly study sessions, and much more to assist you in your attempt to successfully pass all the required exams.


California Supplemental Examination (CSE)

In addition to the Architect Registration Examination (ARE), the California Architects Board (Board) requires the California Supplemental Examination (CSE) for licensure. The CSE ensures that candidates are able to demonstrate minimum standards of competency and necessary architectural knowledge and skills to respond to the unique requirements and conditions in California.

Architectural Experience Program (AXP)

All of NCARB’s 54 U.S. jurisdictions have an experience requirement that must be documented and completed before one becomes licensed. This time between fulfilling the education requirement and getting licensed is referred to as the Architectural Experience Program (AXP). Formerly called the Intern Development Program (IDP), the Architectural Experience Program guides licensure candidates through this process and is the standard accepted means of completing the experience requirement in almost all U.S. jurisdictions. On July 1, 2015, NCARB streamlined the program by no longer requiring elective hours.


Mandatory Continuing Education (MCE)

In September 2008, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 1608 into law. SB 1608 creates a mandatory continuing education (MCE) requirement on disability access for California architects as a condition of license renewal. The bill also requires licensees to provide documentation from the course provider to the California Architects Board (Board) with the renewal application. AIASF provides courses to help you comply with this requirement.


Our industry changes every day. New ideas, technology, materials, business opportunities, and more are constantly emerging. AIAU makes it easy to keep up—offering learning units (LUs) on the topics you need to stay current, the tactics and trending issues that affect your practice, and the ideas you crave for inspiration. AIAU features rigorously-curated content for architects, designers, builders, and others working in our diverse and evolving field. These online courses supplement events in your community, giving you learning you can access any time of day, from any place in the world with an Internet connection.