1 August 2012
For almost 20 years, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has supported the inclusion of references to Canadian documents, standards, codes, and terms in all divisions of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). Due to the recent creation and administration of the Examination for Architects in Canada (ExAC), the number of Canadian candidates taking the ARE has significantly declined. After analyzing this shift in administrations, the NCARB Board of Directors has determined that effective July 2013 the ARE will no longer include the references to Canadian content. The ARE will, however, continue to be delivered in Canada by our testing partner, Prometric, to those Canadian candidates that wish to write the ARE.
If you wish to complete the ARE to satisfy the examination requirement for initial licensure and NCARB certification and prefer to test based on the current examination content (which includes the Canadian references), you still have the opportunity to do so through June 2013. In the event that you fail a division of the ARE, you must still wait a minimum of six months to retest the same division. We recommend that you develop a plan to complete any remaining divisions of the ARE as soon as possible and schedule your testing appointments early in order to allow time for any potential retest waiting periods. This notice provides you ample time—up to two attempts per division—to complete the ARE prior to the removal of Canadian content.
If you have any additional questions about this change or how it may impact your licensure process, please contact your provincial or territorial association directly. For a list of contact information, please visit the Canadian Provincial Associations page.