NCARB Offers Fee Relief to Architects and Interns This Fall

1 October 2012

Washington, DC—For the second time this year, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is taking steps to provide its customers with some financial relief in this challenging economic climate. Architects and interns with lapsed NCARB Certificates and Records can save money when they reactivate their Records this fall.

“We know that now more than ever, architects need mobility to stay competitive, and the NCARB Certificate is a powerful credential and tool that can help them grow their businesses and careers,” said Michael J. Armstrong, NCARB CEO. “Because it expedites reciprocal registration, certification means architects can more quickly mobilize in pursuit of new business or meet expanding client needs across state lines.”

The Offer – Open from October 1-November 30, 2012:

  • For architects: NCARB is waiving all past renewal fees for architects who reactivate a lapsed Record or Certificate. Depending on how long the customer’s Record/Certificate has lapsed, this could equate to significant savings.
    • Architects who let their Records or Certificates go inactive while an architect will have all past renewal fees waived upon reactivation. The cost to reactivate is $475. [Certificate Offer] [Record Offer
    • Architects who let their Records go inactive while still an intern will have all past renewal fees waived upon reactivation, plus they will get certified for FREE as long as they qualify for NCARB certification. The cost to reactivate is $475. [Offer]
  • For interns: We are waiving all past renewal fees for interns who reactivate a lapsed Record. The cost to reactivate is $75, and going forward, if their Record remains active through licensure, they will get NCARB certified for FREE and will get half-price renewals of their Certificate for three years. [Offer

“The Council has held fees down for customers since 2010, and by offering additional fee relief this year, we hope to make it easier for members of the profession to regain the benefits of these career-building tools,” said Armstrong. “Even if you’re still an intern, once licensed, certification helps you maximize your career potential—plus you can get certified for free as long as you reactivate now and keep your Record active through licensure.”

Customers with lapsed Records/Certificates should visit for specific offer details, or they can simply visit to renew their Records. NCARB Customer Service is available at or 202/879-0520 to answer any questions customers may have about the offer or about how to renew their Records.


The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ membership is made up of the architectural registration boards of all 50 states as well as those of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NCARB assists its member registration boards in carrying out their duties and provides a certification program for individual architects.

NCARB protects the public health, safety, and welfare by leading the regulation of the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for licensure and credentialing of architects. In order to achieve these goals, the Council develops and recommends standards to be required of an applicant for architectural registration; develops and recommends standards regulating the practice of architecture; provides to Member Boards a process for certifying the qualifications of an architect for registration; and represents the interests of Member Boards before public and private agencies. NCARB has established reciprocal registration for architects in the United States and Canada.


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