Rule Changes for Architects in Colorado

Intern architects are not the only ones who will be seeing changes to the rules this January. Registered architects also have a couple things to be aware.

As of January 1st, 2011 a license holder will be required to inform the board of any address, phone or email changes within 30 days. This is covered in rule 4.11

With the passage of HB10-1148 the requirement of continued competency has been dropped for architects. Additionally, all references to continued competency will be deleted from the DORA board rules starting in January. Keep in mind that if you are an architect you will still be required to complete 16 hours of continuing education if you want to renew your license.

This continuing education consists of Health, Safety and Welfare. An approved course will be at least 50 minutes long and also have a component where the architect can demonstrate retention of the material. The education does not need to be acquired in Colorado.  Board rule has more information on continuing education.

Lastly, the practice of architecture will now include “…observation of construction pursuant to an agreement between an architect and any other person…” Board rule 7.3 goes on to define some of the setting where this is applicable.

This change has huge repercussions for those who are unlicensed. Licensed architects are professionals who have many years of education and have also proven themselves competent in order to protect the public for which they design buildings. Protect yourself by always hiring a licensed architect.


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