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The renewal process is equally as important as your initial certification requirements as it serves to ensure that credential holders remain current on industry trends and new developments in design-build and integrated delivery methods. 
All Designated Design-Build Professional™ credential holders must renew their certification every two years. On December 31 of your two-year anniversary year, you must have accrued 24 hours of approved continuing education credit (whether you received your certification in June 2012 or November 2012, your renewal is due on December 31, 2014).


Adherence to DBIA Code of Professional Conduct

Each renewal period, all DBIA or Assoc.DBIA credential holders must reaffirm their commitment to abide by and uphold the principles of the DBIA Code of Professional Conduct.
It is the credential holder's responsibility to maintain their continuing education hours. These hours must relate to design-build project delivery and must be a Certification Board approved activity.  Review the tab below, "How to Obtain Credit," for options. ​​

 Renewal Fee:          DBIA Members $50          Non-Members $150

 Renewal Form


All credential holders must submit a Certification Renewal Form.

Return the completed and signed renewal form to or mail to: 
DBIA - Attn: Certification  
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
4th Floor
Washington, DC 20004.

Questions?  Contact Valexia Hall, Managing Director, Certification, at 202-682-0110.

 How to Obtain Credit


Below is an overview of the types of programs/activities acceptable to meet the continuing education requirement. This list is not all inclusive. Other programs may qualify if they are deemed by the Design-Build Certification Board to provide direct value to your success as a design-build professional.

For a full listing of credit hours options, click here

Conferences, Courses, Workshops, Online learning and Webinars

Examples include:

  • DBIA conferences held at National, Regional and local levels
  • DBIA education programs (except core courses required to gain certification) held at the National, Regional and local levels.  View the Schedule-At-A-Glance.
  • Online Learning and Webinar options
  • Education obtained through related industry organizations that provide value to you as a design-build professional, including some offered by USGBC, AIA, AGC, ACEC, etc. (maximum allowed from this area is 12 credit hours).*
  • In-house training programs offered by companies with structured education offerings (maximum allowed from this area is 12 credit hours).*


Serving as an Instructor/Speaker (maximum allowed from this area is 12 credit hours)

One hour of continuing professional education will be awarded for each hour completed as an instructor or discussion leader to the extent that the particular activity contributes to the professional competence of the certified individual as determined by the Design-Build Certification Board. In addition credit may be received for actual preparation time on the basis of two hours preparation for each hour of teaching. Credit may not be obtained for repeat presentations.


Serving in a DBIA Leadership Capacity (maximum allowed from this area is 12 credit hours)

  • DBIA National Board of Directors or the Design-Build Certification Board (12 hours)
  • Region or Chapter Board (8 hours)
  • Primary author of a DBIA published document (6 hours)
  • DBIA Awards juror (6 hours)
  • DBIA National, Region or Chapter Committee Chair (4 hours)


* When submitting credit obtained from organizations other than DBIA, please attach brief, supplemental information about the program. This can include a copy of the agenda, speaker bios and/or a copy of the program description. This information is necessary to demonstrate the program’s applicability to design-build project delivery.

 Inactive Status


​The DBIA Inactive Status provides DBIAs™ and Assoc. DBIAs™ a one-year period in which to meet their recertification requirements. Inactive Status is available to credential holders who currently do not meet their renewal requirements but do not wish to lose their certification status. During the time of Inactive Status, the DBIA™ or Assoc. DBIA™ MAY NOT BE USED. The deadline to apply for this status is December 1 of the year in which your renewal is due.

Use this form to apply for Inactive Status.



If you are a DBIA -certified professional (DBIA™ and Assoc. DBIA™) who has retired from design-build work in a professional capacity, you may request that a “retired” status be designated on your certification records. Your certification(s) will then be left in good standing and will not lapse or be deleted from your certification records. Retired credential holders are not required to collect and submit 24 hours of CEUs.
Use this form to apply for Retired Status.
For information on Retired Membership, please click here.

 Lapsed Certification?

As of August 2015, all individuals who have lapsed certifications are eligible for one of the reinstatement procedures below, regardless of whether they received a reinstatement under the old policy or under Amnesty:
Reinstatement of Lapsed Credentials (1 to 3 Years)
If you wish to become recertified after your certificate has lapsed, you may be eligible for a reinstatement, which includes a reinstatement fee and successfully passing the certification examination.
If you apply to reinstate your credential between 1 to 3 years after your missed recertification date, you will be assessed a reinstatement fee ($200 DBIA members/$300 non-members). You would also be responsible for successfully passing the certification examination. Click here to download the Intent to Reinstate Credential Application.
Reinstatement of credentials lapsed more than 3 years ago
If your certification has lapsed for more than three years, your file will be closed and you will not be eligible to reinstate your credential. You will be required to re-apply for a new credential, meeting the current requirements for the credential and all associated certification fees. Upon approval from the Certification Board and completion of the program requirements, you will receive your certification and will be issued a new certification number.
Procedure for Reinstatement of Credential
  1. ​Submit an Intent to Reinstate Credential Application to the DBIA Certification Department (email to
  2. Pay the reinstatement fee with the application
  3. Submit Certification Exam Retake form for invoice, payment and Exam Code (you will be provided this form after your Intent to Reinstate Credential Application is processed). Upon receipt of the Certification Exam Retake form and payment, you will be issued a unique ID to schedule exam sitting at a local Prometric testing center.
  4. Upon passing the exam you will be assigned a new certification number and a new certificate will be mailed to you.
Return a completed and signed Intent to Reinstate Credential Application​ to or mail to:  

DBIA - Attn: Certification  
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW 
4th Floor 
Washington, DC 20004.

Questions?  Contact Valexia Hall, Managing Director, Certification, at 202-682-0110.

 Code of Conduct

Since DBIA’s inception in 1993 our members have been dedicated to the highest level of ethical conduct, professionalism and service. With the increased use of design-build project delivery and the increased recognition of DBIA™ certified professionals, the professional conduct of DBIA members has become more important than ever. Those holding the Designated Design-Build Professionals™ (DBIA™) and Designated Associate Design-Build Professionals™ (Assoc. DBIA™) have an even greater responsibility to adhere to the highest principles of ethical conduct in the performance of their professional duties.

As such, DBIA has adopted a Code of Professional Conduct (the “Code”) for all individuals that hold the DBIA™ and Assoc. DBIA™ credentials. The Code will become effective June 1, 2017, at which time all current and new credential holders will be held to the provisions set forth in the Code. All DBIA members are expected and encouraged to comply with the Code; however, only those holding the DBIA™ and Assoc. DBIA™ will be subject to the enforcement of the Code and possible disciplinary action resulting from violations.
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