Mandatory Courses

Mandatory Courses

The AAA has developed two online courses to further support the knowledge and skills of members, and foster the completion of their Professional Development (PD) requirements.

Building Envelope 

This mandatory online course will provide a review of building science principles and best practices for successful building envelope design. The course features presentations by Dr. John Straube, Mark Chambers and Sathya Ramachandran.

Course Learning Objectives:

  • Improve the ability of architects to competently and effectively design appropriate building envelopes.

  • Improve the ability of architects to understand their responsibilities and limitations regarding the provision of design, detailing, specification and field review services for building envelopes.

  • Improve the ability of architects to utilize good building envelope practices and recognize sources for ongoing technical support.

  • Understand the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) 2017 as it relates the building envelope.

Key Points:

  • This course is mandatory for all of the AAA’s Registered Architects (RAs) and Restricted Practitioners (RPs), including members with a Primary Jurisdiction outside Alberta. Licensed Interior Designers are not required to complete this course.

  • The course is comprised of 11 modules, which include videos and corresponding quizzes.

  • Included with the course are supplemental PDFs containing additional reference material (also available for purchase as a physical book).

  • A minimum pass rate of 80% is required on all modules.

  • Members will earn 7.0 Structured LHs upon successful completion of the course. The Building Envelope course is approved for 7.0 AIA LUs/HSW.

  • Members will have 90 days from the date they purchased the online course to access the online course material.


  • Member rate: $275.00 + GST.

  • Non-member rate: $350.00 + GST (non-members are required to create an account on our login page).

  • An optional Building Envelope Course book containing supplemental reference material is also available to purchase for $55 + GST.

Cancellation and refund policy:

Questions? View our BEC FAQ.
Purchase Building Envelope Course
Once you have purchased the course, you can access the course material on the AAA website's My Profile page. The course link is located under the 'PD Courses' tab.

Architects Act, General Regulation & Bylaws Course

The purpose of this course is to permit members an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the major topics of the legislation which governs the activities of all Registered Architects, Licensed Interior Designers and Restricted Practitioners in Alberta. While this course is not meant to be a replacement for a thorough reading of the Act, General Regulations and Bylaws, it is meant to provide an overview of the fundamental parts of the legislation.  

Key Points: 

  • New members joining the AAA during the first year of the two-year PD reporting period are required to complete this course by June 30 of the first year of that reporting period.

  • New members joining the AAA during the second year of the two-year reporting period are required to complete this course by June 30 of that reporting period.

  • Members are required to complete the online course material and questions accompanying each chapter.  A copy of the answers to the course questions must be retained for a period of 2 years in the event that the member’s PD file is audited. The Electronic Architects Act Declaration Form must be submitted following successful completion of the Architects Act Course. The AAA will update your transcript and record 8 structured LHs.
  • Cost: $150.00 + GST