We want to make earning a license to practice architecture as streamlined as possible, which is why we’ve spearheaded the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) initiative.

IPAL options provides students the opportunity to complete requirements for licensure while earning their degree. The initiative encourages NAAB-accredited programs to incorporate the Architectural Experience Program(AXP) and the opportunity to take the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) while completing academic curricula. The IPAL option does not replace the NAAB-accredited program, but adds an additional path within an already existing program.

NCARB oversees the IPAL initiative, but individual schools are responsible for managing their own curricula. We are now accepting proposals for IPAL options at any time. See the full list of IPAL programs, or learn how to apply for an IPAL option

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Please note: Not all jurisdictions accept licensure requirements met through IPAL options. Learn more about your jurisdiction's requirements.