NCARB Recommends Early Access to the ARE for IPAL Students

When most architects think of NCARB, programs like the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) and Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®) come to mind. But you may be surprised to learn that we also make recommendations on how state licensing boards can facilitate licensure by adopting regulations consistent with national practices. All of these recommendations are outlined in NCARB’s Model Law and other official documents.

At our 97th Annual Business Meeting in Seattle, delegates representing the 54 licensing boards voted on several updates to these documents—from providing an honorary title to retired architects to enabling students participating in the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) to take the ARE before graduation.

Since each board sets its own requirements for licensure, not every state will implement these changes. However, NCARB’s Model Law will serve as a helpful guide for states looking to update their laws and regulations.

Taking the ARE Before Graduation

Seventeen accredited architecture programs have been accepted to NCARB’s IPAL initiative, which encourages schools to incorporate the AXP and ARE into curricula. Currently, exam candidates have to wait until they’ve graduated to sit for the exam, so NCARB recommends IPAL students have access to the ARE while in school.

Emeritus Status for Retired Architects

NCARB recommends granting retired practitioners with an honorary title of “Emeritus Architect.” To be eligible for this status, professionals must be at least 65 years of age or have been registered for at least 10 years.

Recognizing Military Experience

Inspired by national initiatives to help returning servicemen and women enter the workforce, NCARB recommends that boards accept applicable military training toward fulfilling experience requirements. Military personnel seeking licensure will still need to complete the AXP and pass the ARE.

Learn more about the 2016 Resolutions.

About the Author

Before joining the NCARB team, I worked in journalism, marketing, and public relations. After making my way to DC for graduate school, I pursued a career that merged my two passions—writing and interior design. That’s when I landed freelance positions at the Washingtonian and Rue Magazine, interviewing some of today’s biggest designers, including Robert and Cortney Novogratz, David Stark, and Waldo Fernandez. Today, I manage press NCARB's outreach and editorial content, sharing industry news with licensure candidates and architects across the country. Find me on Twitter at @samanthabmiller