publications & resources

ARE 5.0 Handbook
Updated November 2016! The ARE 5.0 Handbook includes a breakdown of each division, sample questions, suggested study resources, and more.

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Your Guide to the AXP
Everything you need to know about the Architectural Experience Program (AXP)—including the six new experience areas, how to report hours, and working with an AXP supervisor.

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Want To Be An Architect Poster
The road to becoming an architect is less complicated than you think. Here are the basics to help you jumpstart your career.

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Certification Guidelines
Updated November 2016! The Certification Guidelines outlines the requirements for NCARB certification for U.S., Canadian, and foreign architects.

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ARE Guidelines
Updated November 2016! The ARE 4.0 Guidelines is essential reading for anyone preparing for the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). The document includes an overview of the exam divisions as well as the exam program, the rolling clock, exam eligibility, and five steps to taking and completing the ARE.

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ARE 5.0 Guidelines
Updated November 2016! The ARE 5.0 Guidelines include an introduction to the exam, an overview of appointment times, plus five steps to completing the exam.

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AXP Guidelines
Updated June 2016! The AXP Guidelines is essential reading for licensure candidates, supervisors, and mentors participating in the AXP. The document includes steps to completing the program, reporting procedures, experience requirements, and more!

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Education Guidelines
Updated July 2016! The Education Guidelines provide a general overview of the education requirement for NCARB certification, and explains how architects who do not hold a professional degree in architecture from a NAAB-accredited program can satisfy this requirement.

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Continuing Education Requirements
Most jurisdictions require that architects complete some form of continuing education to update their skills to renew their license. Learn each state's requirements.

Exam Security
NCARB takes upholding the integrity of the ARE very seriously—for the integrity of the profession and in order to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public.