REGISTRATION BOARD LICENSING REQUIREMENTS

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California Architects Board
Douglas R. McCauley

California Architects Board
2420 Del Paso Road, Suite 105
Sacramento, CA 95834
916-574-7220
cab@dca.ca.gov

Each jurisdiction sets its own requirements for initial registration, examination, and corporate practice. The information presented here was submitted to NCARB by each registration board in response to NCARB's 2013 Member Board Requirements survey. Because each jurisdiction may change its rules, statutes, and regulations at any time, it is always advisable to check with the individual board to verify registration and practice requirements.

NCARB does not set national requirements. However, you may view the NCARB position on each requirement, based on requirements specified in the Education Guidelines, Rules of Conduct, and Legislative Guidelines and Model Law/Model Regulations.

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Initial Registration

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1 Is there a residency requirement? No
1a Please supply the applicable statutory/regulatory provisions
2 Is an interview required for registration? No
2a What is the format and location?
3 Where can a candidate obtain an application? Applications are available on the Board's website http://cab.ca.gov) or may be requested by telephone.
4 Is a professional degree from a NAAB-accredited program required to satisfy your board's education requirement? No
4a Does your board accept experience as an alternative means to satisfying your education requirement? Yes
4b How many years of acceptable experience are required with a four-year, pre-professional degree in architecture? 4.5 years
4c How many years of acceptable experience are required with any other baccalaureate degree or higher? Contact Board
4d How many years of acceptable experience are required with a high school education only? 8 years
5 Does your board accept a professional degree in architecture from a CACB-accredited program or a professional degree in architecture, certified by the CACB, from a Canadian university as an alternative means to satisfy your education requirement? Yes
6 Does your board accept an EESA-NCARB Education Evaluation of a foreign education (as described in the NCARB Education Standard) as an alternative means of satisfying your education requirement? Yes
7 Is the NCARB AXP required to satisfy your board's experience requirement? Yes
8 Does your board require additional experiece beyond the 3,740 hours required to complete AXP for candidates with a NAAB degree? No
8a Please identify the additional experience required for initial licensure for candidates with a NAAB-degree
8b Will completion of the AXP e-portfolio satisfy your board’s experience requirement? Yes
9 Is the completion of the ARE required by your board? Yes
10 Does your board allow early eligibility for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE)? Yes
10a When can an Intern-Architect access the ARE? After earning five years of education or work experience equivalents
11 Does your board charge a fee for processing exam applications? Yes
11a What is the fee? $100
11b Is this a one-time fee or are additional fees required? Additional fees may be required
11c If additional fees are required, what are they? The $100 is one-time for those candidates who remain active in the examination process (taking at least one examination, pass or fail, every five years. There is an additional fee for the California Supplemental Examination.
12 Does your jurisdiction allow appeal of exam scores? No
13 Does your jurisdiction allow review of exam divisions? No
14 In addition to NCARB's 5 year Rolling Clock requirement, does your jurisdiction have any additional rules regarding time frames within which a candidate must complete the ARE? No
14a Please explain
15 In addition to the ARE, is there a jurisdiction specific exam(s)? Yes
15a What is the subject, format, and location? California Supplemental Examination. Computer-delivered at locations both in California and out-of-state.
16 What is the application fee for initial registration? $300
17 Does your board charge a processing fee to provide an official verification of registration status? No
17a How much is the processing fee and how does the architect submit the form for verification?

Reciprocal Registration

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18 What is your jurisdiction's application fee for reciprocal registration? $35 California Reciprocity Application fee; $100 California Supplemental Examination fee; $300 Application for Licensure fee.
19 Is an NCARB Certificate required for reciprocal registration? No
20 Are there any additional requirements for reciprocal registration for architects with the NCARB Certificate? No
20a Please list the additional requirements.
21 Does reciprocal registration based on an NCARB Certificate require a vote of your board? No
21a How often does your board meet to consider reciprocal registration applications?
22 Will your board accept a non-certified (Buff Cover) NCARB Record as documentation of an architect's qualifications for reciprocal registration? Yes
22a Comments
23 Does your board require retroactive documentation of experience for reciprocal licensure if the architect did not complete the AXP when initially licensed? Yes
23a If so, please note if any grandfathering provisions exist (Example: exempt if licensed before xx/xx/xxxx) If a reciprocal licensure candidate holds a license in a U.S. jurisdiction for three or more years, then they are exempt from completing AXP to receive a license.
23b Does your board accept the formal alternative to the AXP [5 years of licensed practice with attestation of meeting the intent of AXP] as outlined in section 2.3 in the Certification Guidelines? Yes
24 Does your board accept an NCARB Certificate that was granted upon satisfaction of the requirements of the Broadly Experienced Architect (BEA) program? Yes
25 Does your board accept an NCARB Certificate that was granted upon satisfaction of the requirements of the Alternative to Certification for Foreign Architects program? Yes
26 Does your board accept an NCARB Certificate that was granted to a Canadian architect under the provisions of the 2013 NCARB/ CALA Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA)? Yes
26a Comments

Registration Renewal

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27 What is the fee for renewing registration? $300
28 What is the frequency of renewal? Every 2 years
28a What is the renewal date? The last day of the birth month for a licensee.
29 Does your board require completion of CE/ PDH as a condition for registration renewal? Yes
29a Did your board adopt the NCARB CE standards for renewal? [12 HSW/ calendar year] No
29b What is your board's requirement in number of overall units/hours required? 5 hours
29c HSW units/hours required: Please identify the following:
29d SD units/hours required: Please identify the following:
29e ADA units/hours required: Please identify the following:
29f Other (please describe):Please identify the following: 5 hours - Disabled access requirements
30 What is the CE reporting period? Coincides with licensee renewal.
31 If a licensee meets the CE requirements in their state of residency, do you accept that as meeting your CE requirements? No
31a Comments

Practice Requirements

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32 Does your board require registration of firms? No
32a Where can the application be obtained?
32b How much are the fees?
32c What is the frequency of renewal?
33 Is firm registration required by another State entity (i.e., Dept. of Commerce, etc.)? No
33a What is the name of the agency?
33b Please provide a link to the agency's website listing the requirement.
34 May an NCARB Certificate holder offer to provide services in your jurisdiction without first being registered, contingent that they complete registration before any services are performed? No
34a What formal steps are required?
35 May an NCARB Certificate holder compete in a design competition in your jurisdiction without first being registered? No
35a What formal steps are required?
36 May an architect not registered in your jurisdiction consult with a locally registered architect who assumes responsible control for a project? Yes
36a What formal steps are required? Contact the Board.
37 May an architect not registered in the United States or Canada consult with a locally registered architect who assumes responsible control for a project? Yes
37a What formal steps are required? Contact the Board.

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