National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Establishes Program to Facilitate Certification of Foreign Architects in the United States

Washington, DC—Member boards of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) voted overwhelmingly in favor of establishing the Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) program at the 2005 NCARB Annual Meeting and Conference held recently in Miami Beach, Florida. This program marks a major step forward in facilitating architectural practice by foreign architects in the United States.

The BEFA program will be operational in early 2006 and is intended for foreign architects who have acquired a minimum of seven years experience in their country of licensure in responsible control of a comprehensive practice. Foreign architects who successfully demonstrate this required experience through review of a dossier and an interview by an NCARB committee will meet the BEFA requirements and will be eligible for NCARB certification.

As with any NCARB certificate, granting of the certificate will serve as NCARB's recommendation that the holder be granted licensure by a member board without further examination of credentials. The BEFA process is rigorous and will require demonstrated, comprehensive practical experience, as well as knowledge of U.S. codes and laws before an NCARB Certificate is granted. Foreign architects without such experience who have immigrated to the United States and are practicing here can become certified by satisfying the education requirement through an Education Evaluation Services for Architects (EESA) evaluation and passing the Architect Registration