NCARB & Licensure

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National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is a nonprofit organization that facilitates the licensure and credentialing of architects. Listed below is the complete three-step process required to become a licensed architect.

Education – Graduate from one of U-SoA’s NAAB accredited degree programs; B.Arch, M.Arch I and M.Arch II

Experience – The Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®) provides a framework to guide students through gaining and recording their professional experience. Developed by NCARB, the program is required by most U.S. jurisdictions. Students can earn AXP hours while completing their U-SoA degree.

Examination – The Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) is a multi-division exam used to assess your knowledge and skills regarding the practice of architecture. Developed by NCARB, the exams are accepted by all U.S. jurisdictions and is a key step on the path to earning a license.

For further questions and information, please contact:

Ana M. Regalado
Associate Dean and Director, Office of Academic Services