NCARB exists to help you advance from student to practicing architect, so our services span the many phases of your career—think of us as your professional guide. Whether you're navigating the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®), completing the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), or earning your NCARB Certificate, NCARB is here to help.

We recommend and encourage national requirements for architectural licensure by developing standards for the 55 licensing boards, who then issue licenses to applicants who meet their specific registration requirements.

Our services include:

The recommended first step to becoming an architect is earning a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) or otherwise meeting the NCARB Education Standard.

The Architectural Experience Program
The AXP provides the framework that guides you through earning and recording your professional experience—covering everything from site design to project management.

The Architect Registration Examination
With exam divisions that are designed to reflect the current profession, the ARE ensures that you’re ready to practice architecture independently.

The NCARB Certificate
Following initial licensure, obtaining an NCARB Certificate ensures you can get the most out of your career in architecture. It provides mobility and signifies that you have met the national standards that guide the 55 licensing boards.