NCARB’s services span the many phases of your career—from student to practicing architect and beyond. 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 U.S. licensing boards, who then issue licenses to applicants who meet their specific registration requirements.

Our services include:

In most of U.S. jurisdictions, candidates pursuing an architecture license must have a degree from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) or otherwise meet the NCARB Education Standard.

The Architectural Experience Program 
The AXP provides the framework that guides you through earning and recording your professional experience. As you progress through the program, you’ll build up competency in the tasks needed to practice architecture safely.

The Architect Registration Examination
The ARE is a multi-part test made up of six divisions that mirror the current practice of architecture and the progression of a typical project. By passing the ARE, you’ll show that you have the necessary knowledge and skills in areas of health, safety, and welfare.

The NCARB Certificate
Following initial licensure, obtaining an NCARB Certificate helps you get the most out of your career in architecture. It simplifies the process of applying for a license in additional states—and some international locations—and signifies that you have met national standards.

In addition to these key programs, NCARB also assists our members and customers with initiatives related to:

  • Future-focused research
  • Data sharing
  • Promoting awareness of the licensure process
  • Advocating for reasonable regulation of the architecture profession
  • Developing tools and resources to aid the work of licensing boards
  • And more