Continuing Education Requirements

All registrants must complete at least twelve Continuing Education Program Hours (CEPH) per calendar year. All 12 CEPH must include the study of subjects related to your profession and be pertinent to the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

  • At least one of the twelve hours must be related to sustainable or energy-efficient design
  • At least one of the twelve hours must be related to barrier-free design.
  • At least eight of the twelve hours must be structured activities, (classroom/classroom equivalent)
  • A maximum of four hours may be self-directed.

Continuing education resources are available (see links to the left), though TBAE does not currently sponsor or endorse courses.  Supporting documentation is required for all activities. See "Activities Not Approved" for additional information.

If your registration must be renewed and you have not completed your continuing education you may not renew until it has been completed. If your registration is expired you may not practice your profession and you must pay all late fees when you renew. To avoid this situation you may wish to consider online study which can be accomplished immediately. Consult our page entitled CEPH Resources.

Definitions Associated with Continuing Education

CEPH: is a Continuing Education Program Hour.  One CEPH equals a minimum of fifty (50) minutes of actual course time.  When calculating your CEPH total please remember TBAE does not award credit for introductory remarks, breaks, business or administrative matters related to courses of study.

Health/Safety/Welfare: Health may include aspects of design that have beneficial effects among users of buildings or sites and address health and environmental issues.  Safety may include aspects of design intended to limit or prevent accidental injury or death among users of buildings or sites.  Welfare may include aspects of design that engender positive emotional responses among or enable equal access by users of buildings or sites.

Barrier-free design: is the design of a building or a facility or the design of an alteration of a building or a facility, which complies with the Texas Accessibility Standards, the American with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines, or similarly accepted standards for accessible design.

Energy-Efficient Design: is the design of a project and the specification of materials that minimize the consumption of energy in the use of the project. The term includes energy efficiency strategies by design as well as the incorporation of alternative energy systems.

Sustainable Design: is an integrative approach to the process of design which seeks to avoid depletion of energy, water, and raw material resources; prevent environmental degradation caused by facility and infrastructure developments during their implementation and over their life cycle; and create environments that are livable and promote health, safety and well-being.  Sustainability is the concept of meeting present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Structured course study:refers to activity that is in a classroom or classroom equivalent setting.  An online or monograph course may be considered classroom equivalent activity if the course contains an independently graded exam. Structured course study must include the study of relevant technical and professional subjects related to your profession and be pertinent to the health, safety and welfare of the public.

Self-directed study: is equivalent to self-study (4 CEPH maximum).  Reading from books or professional magazines may be used as self-directed study. Touring and visiting buildings, historic sites or landmarks that incorporate elements of your design profession fall under the category of self-directed study. Self-directed study must include the study of relevant technical and professional subjects that are related to your profession and be pertinent to the health, safety and welfare of the public.

Contact: Continuing Education Coordinator (ce@tbae.state.tx.us)

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