To further the work of the California Architects Board (Board) in protecting consumers and ensuring architects continue enhancing their competence in practice, mandatory continuing education (MCE) plays a key role. As President of the Board, I made addressing contemporary issues through MCE a priority this year.
As a member of the American Institute of Architects California’s (AIA CA) Committee on the Environment, I had the privilege to work with my colleagues on enhancing the current MCE requirements for California architectural license renewal. I invited the Committee Chair, Bill Leddy, Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), to present AIA CA’s proposal for adding Net Zero Energy Design as a new MCE subject requiring five additional learning hours.
It is a wonderful opportunity for the Board to work with AIA CA on this journey. I directed the Professional Qualifications Committee (PQC) to hear and review AIA CA’s proposal during its October meeting. I hope PQC’s work and recommendations to the Board will lead to an informed discussion at our December meeting. My expectation is the Board can take action to outline next steps in MCE modernization.