NCARB Invites Architecture Programs to Respond to RFI&I for Licensure at Graduation

September 9, 2014

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is pleased to announce the release of a Request for Interest and Information (RFI&I) regarding its continued exploration of a model framework facilitating an integrated path to licensure resulting in a license at the time of graduation. The RFI&I is a product of over a year's deliberation by the Council's Licensure Task Force (LTF), composed of representatives from our Member Boards, our Board of Directors, the emerging professionals community including interns and recently licensed architects, educators, and the collateral organizations (ACSA, AIA, AIAS, NAAB).

With this RFI&I, NCARB is exploring the opportunity to develop an additional path to licensure that integrates the three NCARB components of licensure—education, experience, and examination—into an enhanced academic setting that will allow for licensure at the point of graduation.

The LTF conducted interviews with graduates and representatives of several academic programs that currently incorporate professional experience and portions of the Intern Development Program (IDP) into their curriculum. We are hoping that a number of programs may wish to take the next step to allow students the ability to complete the entire IDP process as well as the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) over the course of their studies. This proposed integrated pathway to licensure is not designed to disregard the profession’s commitment to education, experience, and examination or replace the traditional path to licensure. It is being explored to provide an integrated, structured path for those students that are committed to licensure early in their career.

All institutions offering a NAAB‐accredited program will receive both the RFI&I and the RFP. Those programs that are in candidacy status are also welcome to participate. There is no limit to the number of successful institutions qualified during the initial round.

Your response to the RFI&I is due in the Council office by the close of business on October 31, 2014. While your response to the RFI&I is not mandatory, it will help us better gauge the level of interest in the program and will be advantageous to the success of your future proposal. Your input will also help us produce and release a more responsive RFP. Following review of the responses to the RFI&I, a formal RFP will be released in early January, 2015. The RFP will remain open through June 1, 2015.

The Council is committed to the continuous review and improvement of our programs and our mission to facilitate licensure. This integrated path offers exciting prospects to do just that while advancing the student, the faculty, the institution, the practitioner, and ultimately the profession.

View the RFI&I for an Integrated Path to Licensure at Graduation.