More than 42,000 architects have an NCARB Certificate—a prestigious credential that facilities licensure across borders, provides access to free continuing education, and more.
How to Apply for NCARB Certification
Ready to get NCARB certified? First, you will need to establish or reactivate your NCARB Record. Next, you will need to document the following requirements.
Requirements for NCARB Certification
- Education: Hold a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) or the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB).
- Are you a U.S. architect without a degree from a NAAB-accredited program? Learn how to apply for certification through the education alternative.
- Experience: Complete the Architectural Experience Program (AXP).
- Examination: Pass the Architect Registration Examination (ARE).
- Registration: Receive a license to practice architecture from a U.S. registration board.
- Are you a foreign architect seeking NCARB certification? Learn how to apply through the foreign architect path.
Once 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.