NCARB Will Assist Record Holders, ARE Candidates in Areas Affected by the Recent Hurricanes

Washington, DC—NCARB is saddened and shaken by the tragic devastation left in the wake of the Recent Hurricanes. The Council urges its member boards to assist affected interns, ARE candidates, and registrants in any way possible. This may include assistance in replacement of lost or destroyed paperwork, such as IDP records, ARE eligibilities, licenses, and registration certificates in the states of Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

Further, NCARB will assist all record holders in their needs for replacement of lost documentation, work with our affected member boards on credential transmittals for reciprocity, and attempt to mitigate effects on other submissions. Working with our partners at Thomson Prometric we will assist all affected ARE candidates to return to a normal testing environment at the earliest possible time.

In order to most effectively assist our record holders and member boards the Council is putting the following guidelines into effect as of 1 September 2005, until further notice.

1. For a period of six (6) months, forgive Transmittal fees for those architect certificate holders who resided in the affected areas and who are seeking registration in other jurisdictions.

2. For a period of three (3) months, forgive fees for missed divisions and/or reschedule fees for candidates, in affected areas, in the ARE process unable to test due to closing of test centers in affected locations.

3. For a period of six (6) months, forgive fees due at the completion of IDP, for those in the process in the affected areas, prior to the free transmittal of the council record to a jurisdiction for ARE eligibility.

Arkansas State Board of Architects to Waive Licensure Fees in Wake of Hurricanes

The Arkansas State Board of Architects is waiving all initial licensure fees for individual architects and firms who have been displaced by the recent hurricanes on the gulf coast. The application fee for architects who are not associated with a firm is $350 and the application fee for a firm is $400; both fees are being waived for an indefinite period of time.

In order to obtain registration from the Arkansas State Board, however, architects must meet state requirements for licensure. Architects and firms that seek licensure in Arkansas must have their NCARB records transferred to Arkansas and demonstrate that they meet state requirements.

Our deepest sympathy is extended to all who have suffered losses due to the Recent Hurricanes.