Architects play a critical role in shaping and sustaining the built environment—which is why it should come as no surprise that there are several steps architects must complete before earning a license.  

While each jurisdiction’s state licensing board is responsible for regulating the practice of architecture within its borders, NCARB develops and oversees the national programs—i.e., the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) and Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®)—for candidates pursuing a license. To become an architect, candidates typically need to 1) Earn a degree 2) Gain and document professional experience, and 3) Pass the national licensing exam.  

No matter where you are on the path to licensure, the Destination Architect website clearly breaks down each step and has helpful tips and resources to get you one step closer to officially calling yourself an architect. On the website, you’ll find:

  • A simplified overview of the path to licensure 
  • Trusted tips to help you get the most out of your experience and shorten your time to licensure 
  • And engaging and informational videos (many architects are visual learners, after all!) 

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