9 September 2013
Washington, DC—The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is delighted to announce that Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) candidates can now sit for exams in Prometric test centers in London, England and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The push to expand international delivery is part of an ongoing effort to facilitate the path to licensure for candidates living abroad. The Council continues to navigate the approval process to make the exam available in Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China—an update will be available in the future.
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.
In keeping with current exam eligibility requirements, candidates must be approved by one of the 54 U.S. jurisdictions to be made eligible to sit for the examination. The fee to take exams at international test centers outside North America is $310 per division. Eligible candidates with an NCARB Record can begin scheduling appointments immediately through My Examination.
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.