Fees Reduced for Broadly Experienced Architect (BEA) Program

14 May 2013

Washington, DC—Applicants to the Broadly Experienced Architect (BEA) Program will now see a reduction in program fees, thanks to a revamped fee structure from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). In April 2013, the NCARB Board of Directors approved the new fee schedule, effective immediately, in order to provide some relief to BEA applicants. The BEA Program provides U.S. licensed architects who do not hold a professional degree from a National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited program an alternate path for satisfying the education requirement for NCARB certification. The NCARB Certificate facilitates reciprocal registration in other jurisdictions.

New BEA Fee Structure
Subject Area Fee
Design $3,500
Technical Systems $1,285
History and Theory $750
Practice $500
General Education $500
Maximum Total: $5,000

Under the new structure, the cumulative fee will be capped at the current rate of $5,000, to avoid increasing the fee for individuals with deficiencies in multiple subject areas; and fees will be assessed only for the area of education deficiency determined through an education evaluation by the NAAB.

The individual fee per subject area is based on the estimated level of effort expended in dossier review for that area.

“While the Council heavily subsidizes the BEA Program, it remains cost-prohibitive to an architect applying for certification through this path,” said NCARB CEO Michael J. Armstrong. “This change will especially benefit applicants who have been unsuccessful in meeting all program requirements upon dossier review.” Previously, applicants were required to pay the entire $5,000 BEA fee to resubmit any part of the dossier. In this new structure, the applicant will only be assessed the fee associated with the deficient subject area(s). 

Learn more about the BEA Program by visiting NCARB.org.


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 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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