New Data from NCARB Reveals Positive Trends About the Path to Licensure

NCARB by the Numbers

3 July 2013

Washington, DC—A new version of NCARB by the Numbers, the data publication of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), reveals positive trends about the path to licensure. Some key findings from this year’s edition include:

  • The median time to complete the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) since its computerized deployment in 1997 is 1.8 years.
  • In 2012, 39.9 percent of applications for an NCARB Record were by women.
  • The mean time to complete the Intern Development Program (IDP) continues to trend downward from 2010. Interns who completed the IDP in 2012 took 5.33 years. The median in 2012 was 4.8 years.

"We’re especially excited to share data regarding the ARE," said NCARB CEO Michael J. Armstrong. “Thanks to new vendor arrangements, NCARB now has access to comprehensive exam data and the ability to perform more substantial analysis related to this essential component of licensure.”

For more information about the increasing gender parity of NCARB Record applications, the timeline to acquire an architectural license, or ARE completion times for candidates with different architectural degrees, download NCARB by the Numbers [PDF].

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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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NCARB by the Numbers (2013)
NCARB By the Numbers offers an inside look at the data behind the architectural profession. Based on NCARB Record holder data, the 2013 publication provides an update to the analytics and trends in the 2012 edition and includes new data on the ARE.