REGISTRATION BOARD LICENSING REQUIREMENTS

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Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation: Board of Architecture and Interior Design
Krista Woodard

Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0751
850-717-1982
callcenter@dbpr.state.fl.us

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? http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/arch/documents/AR1_Licensure_by_Exam.pdf
4 Is a professional degree from a NAAB-accredited program required to satisfy your board's education requirement? Yes
4a Does your board accept experience as an alternative means to satisfying your education requirement?
4b How many years of acceptable experience are required with a four-year, pre-professional degree in architecture?
4c How many years of acceptable experience are required with any other baccalaureate degree or higher?
4d How many years of acceptable experience are required with a high school education only?
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 completion of Board's education requirements
11 Does your board charge a fee for processing exam applications? No, Direct Registration
11a What is the fee? $60
11b Is this a one-time fee or are additional fees required?
11c If additional fees are required, what are they?
12 Does your jurisdiction allow appeal of exam scores? Yes
13 Does your jurisdiction allow review of exam divisions? Yes
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)? No
15a What is the subject, format, and location?
16 What is the application fee for initial registration? $60
17 Does your board charge a processing fee to provide an official verification of registration status? Yes
17a How much is the processing fee and how does the architect submit the form for verification? $25

Reciprocal Registration

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18 What is your jurisdiction's application fee for reciprocal registration? $90
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? Yes
20a Please list the additional requirements. Passage of ARE and licensure in another US state or jurisdiction. No exemptions.
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? No
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? No
23a If so, please note if any grandfathering provisions exist (Example: exempt if licensed before xx/xx/xxxx)
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; with passage of ARE and licensure in another US state or jurisdiction. No exemptions.
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)? No
26a Comments Passage of ARE is required.

Registration Renewal

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27 What is the fee for renewing registration? $125
28 What is the frequency of renewal? Biennial
28a What is the renewal date? February 28 on odd number years
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] Yes
29b What is your board's requirement in number of overall units/hours required? 24 hours
29c HSW units/hours required: Please identify the following: 24
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: 2 Florida Building Code Advanced Course
30 What is the CE reporting period? Two prior calendar years
31 If a licensee meets the CE requirements in their state of residency, do you accept that as meeting your CE requirements? Yes
31a Comments As long as it meets or exceeds the Florida requirement and they also must complete the two hours in the Florida Building Code Advanced Course.

Practice Requirements

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32 Does your board require registration of firms? Yes
32a Where can the application be obtained? http://www.MyFloridaLicense.com
32b How much are the fees? $100 initial license
32c What is the frequency of renewal? Biennial
33 Is firm registration required by another State entity (i.e., Dept. of Commerce, etc.)? Yes
33a What is the name of the agency? Department of State, Division of Corporations
33b Please provide a link to the agency's website listing the requirement. http://www.Sunbiz.org
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?
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?

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