Energy-efficient design is the design of a CEPH RESOURCES
project and the specification of materials to Architecture
minimize the consumption of energy in the American Institute of Architects (AIA)
use of the project. The term includes energy www.aia.org
efficiency strategies by design as well the (800) AIA-3837
incorporation of alternative energy systems. National Council of Architectural Registration
What are health, safety, and welfare? Boards
Health may include aspects of design www.ncarb.org
that have salutary effects among users of (202) 783-6500
buildings or sites and address health and Texas Society of Architects (TSA)
environmental issues. Safety may include www.texasarchitect.org
aspects of design intended to limit or prevent (512) 478-7386
accidental injury or death among users
of buildings or sites. Welfare may include e
aspects of design that engender positive National Council of Interior Design Qualification
emotional responses among or enable equal (NCIDQ)
access by users of buildings or sites. www.ncidq.org
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continuing education requirements? International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
No. Your license may not be renewed until (888) 799-4432
all continuing education requirements are American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
completed, and late fees will apply.
When am I required to have my continuing
education completed? Is it by calendar
year? Landscape Architecture
Council of Landscape Architectural Registration
No. Your registration period runs from your Boards (CLARB)
expiration date from year to year. All CEPH www.clarb.org
credits must be completed within your (571) 432-0332
registration period, unless you are using American Society of Landscape Architects
carryover credits from the previous period (ASLA)
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CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS renewal form certifying your fulfillment of the requirements. You may download the
continuing education requirements. You must exemption application from our Web site.
All registrants with an active registration with complete the CEPH Log, but you need not send If granted an exemption, you will not be
the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners it to the board unless we request it. required to complete continuing education
(TBAE) must complete 8 Continuing Education for Texas and you may certify that you
Program Hour (CEPH) credits each registration How long should I keep my CEPH Log?
are in compliance when you renew your
period. Keep your CEPH Log and supporting Texas license. However, if audited you will
All continuing education activities must documentation for at least five years after the be asked to submit a letter signed by your
include relevant subjects pertinent to the end of the registration period for which credit is home state’s Board to verify that you have
health, safety, and welfare of the public. claimed. completed the mandatory continuing
If I earn more than 8 CEPH in one year, can I education requirements in your home state
At least 1 of the 8 CEPH credits must be
carry them over to the next year? for the period under audit in Texas.
related to barrier-free design, and at least
1 must be related to sustainable or energy- Up to 8 excess CEPH earned in one registration Can I send in my AIA, NCIDQ, or ASLA
efficient design. period may be carried forward and applied to transcript instead of completing the TBAE
the next registration period only. Excess credits CEPH Log?
A minimum of 5 CEPH credits must be in
structured (classroom) activities. may not be carried forward more than one You may attach your transcript as supporting
registration period. documentation, but you are still required to
A maximum of 3 CEPH credits may be self-
Where can I find a list of approved continuing list those courses you wish to claim for credit
education programs? on your CEPH Log. Please circle or highlight
Acceptable supporting documentation is the activities on your professional transcript
required for all CEPH credits. TBAE does not pre-approve any course for CEPH that you wish to apply for credit, and label
credit, and there is no direct reporting between with the corresponding item letter from the
Each registrant is encouraged to visit our Web TBAE and any continuing education provider.
site (www.tbae.state.tx.us) to read the full text CEPH Log.
To determine if a course is acceptable,
of the continuing education rules for his or her carefully consider the content of the course to What is barrier-free design?
profession: determine whether it addresses technical and Barrier-free design is the design of a building
Architects – Rule 1.69 professional subjects that are directly related or a facility, or the design of an alteration
Interior Designers – Rule 5.79 to your profession and that are pertinent to the of a building or a facility, which complies
Landscape Architects – Rule 3.69 health, safety, and welfare of the public. A list of with the Texas Accessibility Standards,
resources for continuing education activities is the American with Disabilities Act, the Fair
included in this brochure. Housing Accessibility Guidelines, or similarly
What is a CEPH (Continuing Education Program accepted standards for accessible design.
I am registered in more than one profession.
Do I have to complete 8 CEPH credits for each What are sustainable and energy efficient
The rule defines 1 CEPH as a minimum of 50 profession? design?
minutes of actual course time. Different terms
You are required to maintain a separate log Sustainable design is an integrative
are used by different organizations, such as
for each profession, but if you take a course approach to the process of design which
Continuing Education Unit (CEU), Learning Unit
that applies to both professions, you may claim seeks to avoid depletion of energy, water,
(LU), or Professional Development Unit (PDU).
credit and record that course on both CEPH and raw material resources; prevent
The TBAE system is very simple. For a program
logs. environmental degradation caused by
providing 3 hours of instruction, not including
meals, breaks or introductory remarks, you I maintain registration in my home state, facility and infrastructure development
should record 3 CEPH credits on your TBAE log. which has mandatory continuing education during their implementation and over
requirements. Must I also complete the Texas their life cycle; and create environments
How do I report my continuing education that are livable and promote health,
continuing education requirements?
activities to the board? Should I send TBAE safety and well-being. Sustainability is
proof of every program I complete? If you complete the mandatory continuing the concept of meeting present needs
education requirements in your home state, without compromising the ability of future
You must sign the statement on the annual
you may apply for exemption from Texas generations to meet their own needs.