NCARB Board of Directors Approves Changes to the NCARB Education Standard

Effective 1 January 2010

Washington, DC—The National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s (NCARB) Board of Directors voted to approve changes to the NCARB Education Standard. The NCARB Education Standard was developed to approximate a degree program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). It outlines the requirements that applicants who do not hold a degree from a NAAB- or CACB-accredited program are required to satisfy as an alternative to the education requirement for NCARB certification.

The approved changes will go into effect on 1 January 2010. The changes are:

Revision of General Education requirements from 40 to 45 semester
credit hours

Revision of the NCARB Education Standard's General Education Requirement from 40 to 45 semester credit hours was necessary to make it consistent with the current requirements for professional degree programs. Adjustment of the corresponding General Education subject area semester credit hour requirement in areas other than English from 37 to 42 and the balance of semester credit hours in Elective Subjects from 24 to 19 was necessary to maintain the total 160 semester credit hours.

Sustainability
The NAAB Conditions for Accreditation requires that graduates possess knowledge and skills defined by criterion of understanding and ability in sustainability as it applies to specific Student Performance Criteria. Revision of the definition of the requirements of several subject areas in the NCARB Education Standard was necessary to make it consistent with the current requirements for professional degree programs. Issues of sustainability were incorporated into the subject area of Environment in the History, Human Behavior, and Environment Requirement; the subject area of Environmental Control Systems in the Technical Systems Requirement; and Level IV of the Design Requirement.

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