Washington, D.C. — The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) today announced it has been approved as a Registered Provider of learning unit (LU) hours to architects and design professionals seeking certification or state–mandated continuing education requirements.

"By offering LUs through its many education programs, AGC further meets the critical member and industry needs by offering relevant training that also delivers valuable credits," said Stephen E. Sandherr, chief executive officer of AGC.

Approximately 35 states and ten Canadian Provinces require Mandatory Continuing Education (MCE) to retain licensure. Most of these states accept AIA/CES LUs as continuing education credit toward MCE requirements.

As an American Institute of Architects/continuing education system (AIA/CES) Registered Provider, AGC joins more than 2500 education providers made up of AIA Chapters, affiliate organizations and government agencies. AGC also is an IACET Authorized Provider, offering Continuing Education Units (CEU) for its professional development and training programs. LU hours are equal to one contact hour or one–tenth of a continuing education credit (CEU).

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is the largest and oldest national construction trade association in the United States. AGC represents 33,000 firms, including 7,500 of America's leading general contractors and 12,500 specialty–contracting firms. More than 13,000 service providers and suppliers are associated with AGC through a nationwide network of chapters. Visit the AGC Web site at AGC members are "Building Your Quality of Life."