Foreign architects can pursue an NCARB Certificate by completing two programs required for licensure in the United States: the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) and the Architect Registration Examination (ARE).

Ready to get NCARB certified? First, you will need an active NCARB Record that lists your foreign registration. Next, you will need to document the following requirements.

Foreign Architect Requirements for Certification

  • Education: Have a recognized degree or education credential in an architecture program that leads to registration/credential to practice architecture in a foreign country. 
  • Foreign Registration: Hold an active registration/licensure credential to practice architecture in a foreign country that has a formal record-keeping mechanism for disciplinary actions in the practice of architecture.
  • Experience: Complete the AXP.
  • Examination: Pass the ARE.

After you have met all of the requirements for certification and NCARB has received supporting documentation, we will evaluate your Record. If you meet the requirements for certification, you will be issued a Certificate number and asked to pay any remaining fee(s). The cost associated with establishing and maintaining an NCARB Certificate can be found on our fees page.

To learn more about applying for the NCARB Certificate, download the Certification Guidelines.

If you have questions about earning a license to practice in the United States, email

Please note: Some jurisdictions do not accept NCARB Certificates earned through this path. To find out if your jurisdiction accepts a Certificate through this path, visit the licensing requirements tool page and contact your board.