New Video Series Helps Aspiring Architects Navigate Path to Licensure

5 December 2012

Washington, DC—A new video series, Destination: Architect, from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) aims to demystify the licensure process for emerging professionals. Each video maps out a key licensure requirement and highlights what to know before getting started.

Now available to the general public through the NCARB YouTube channel, Destination: Architect serves as an educational resource for organizations and individuals who provide guidance to future architects, such as school counselors, educators, administrators, and components of professional organizations like the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Destination: Architect is intended to help aspiring architects proactively plan and prepare for meeting licensure requirements. Architects are responsible for the health, safety, and welfare of the people who occupy the buildings they create, so the path to licensure is designed to help those seeking licensure meet that important responsibility. This fast-paced video series maps out the rules of the road to minimize detours along the way.

The series includes five short videos:

  • Overview: Earning a license means you can call yourself an architect. This video provides an overview of the path to licensure and how to get started.
(length: 02:15) [Watch]
  • Education: Before choosing a degree program, prospective students will want to understand the education requirement for licensure.
(length: 01:20) [Watch]
  • Experience: Earning experience is an essential step to becoming an architect. This video explains the experience requirement for licensure. (length: 01:40) [Watch]
  • Examination: All aspiring architects need to pass the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). This video explains the examination requirement for licensure. (length: 01:45) [Watch]
  • Licensure and Certification: This video provides an overview of the final steps—applying for licensure and making the most of your career through certification. (length: 02:00) [Watch]

The Destination: Architect video series can be found on the NCARB YouTube channel and on Additionally, if you are interested in having an NCARB representative speak to your school, firm, or event on licensure-related topics—please contact Martin Smith for more information.


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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