When researching the necessary requirements to become a registered (licensed) architect, it is important that you contact your state’s architectural registration board to determine the requirements in that jurisdiction. Learning these requirements will help you determine the path to licensure that is best for you.
The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is responsible for establishing the national requirements for architectural licensure. NCARB develops and manages the Architect Registration Exam (ARE) and determines how the exam is structured and administered. The exam was established to measure the knowledge and skills necessary to practice architecture. The main purpose for requiring an exam like the ARE is to protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare.
NCARB also develops and manages the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®). Whether you are a student nearing completion of your architectural degree, or an emerging professional beginning your AXP, it is important that you register with NCARB and create an NCARB Record. This is the only way to record the work you are doing as an intern. Learn more about the AXP requirements and download NCARB’s AXP Guidelines.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is also a great resource for students and emerging professionals in the architectural field. Learn more about your profession and the licensure process by downloading the AIA Emerging Professional's Companion. Get in touch with your local chapter to learn more about the services they offer. Find your local AIA Chapter.
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