Architect Registration Examination (ARE) to Expand International Delivery

3 May 2013

Washington, DC—ARE® candidates will soon have the option of sitting for the exam in major commercial markets outside of the United States and Canada. The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is finalizing negotiations to make the exam available through Prometric test centers located in London, England; Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China (PRC); and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates beginning in early fall 2013. The seven-division, computer-based examination is required by all 54 U.S. jurisdictions for architectural licensure and is currently administered in over 350 Prometric test centers across the United States and Canada.

“We’re thrilled to offer candidates more flexibility and convenience in where they can sit for the ARE,” said NCARB CEO Michael J. Armstrong. “The technology and proper security measures are now in place for the Council to be able to offer the exam outside of North America and meet the needs of the growing number of U.S. interns employed abroad.”

In keeping with current exam eligibility requirements, candidates must be approved by one of the 54 U.S. Boards to be made eligible to sit for the examination. The per-division fee to take the exam at international test centers outside North America is $310. Eligible candidates with an NCARB Record can begin scheduling appointments at international test centers in early fall, following the Council’s launch of the new My Examination service in late August 2013.

Additional details about international delivery of the ARE will be shared in the coming months. Learn more about the ARE by visiting  


About NCARB 

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.