Welcome to NCARB

Helping licensure candidates
and architects reach their
career goals.

Free Practice Exams

To ensure that all candidates have access to affordable, high quality study materials, NCARB has created a full-length, fully scored practice exam for each division of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®).

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Licensure Requirements

Use our interactive tool to explore licensing requirements in your home state or any of NCARB’s 55 jurisdictions.

Start NCARB Record

By creating an NCARB Record, you can keep track of your education, career progress, exam history, and licensing information.

Data & Resources

ARE 5.0 Guidelines

ARE 5.0 Guidelines

Includes exam policies, scheduling instructions, and more for candidates testing with PSI. Updated September 2022. 

AXP Guidelines

AXP Guidelines

This document includes steps to completing the AXP, reporting procedures, experience requirements, and more. Last updated May 2020.

Certification Guidelines

Certification Guidelines

This document outlines the requirements for NCARB certification for U.S., Canadian, and foreign architects. Last updated July 2022.

Earn an NCARB Certificate

With this credential, architects can easily apply for out-of-state licenses, plus access to free continuing education courses.