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NCARB Certificate

What is the NCARB Certificate?

Available to architects, the NCARB Certificate is a prestigious credential that facilitates licensure across borders, provides access to free continuing education, and more. Explore the benefits of NCARB certification.

What is the difference between applying for licensure as a foreign-educated applicant and applying for certification through the foreign architect path?

As a foreign-educated applicant, you will need an EESA evaluation of your education (the NAAB charges a fee for this process) if required by the architectural registration board in the jurisdiction where you seek licensure. If the EESA identifies any deficiencies in your education, you may need to complete additional coursework. You will also need to complete the AXP and the ARE. Once you complete these requirements, you can be licensed in a U.S. jurisdiction.

As a foreign architect applying for NCARB certification, you will likely not need an EESA evaluation, and you can complete the AXP without meeting the five-year reporting requirement for AXP experience. You will still need to pass the ARE. Once you are certified, you can use your NCARB Certificate to apply for licensure in a jurisdiction that accepts the foreign architect path. 

What are the requirements for NCARB certification?

Architects interested in earning a Certificate will need to meet NCARB’s education, experience, examination, and registration requirements. Details about these requirements can be found in the Certification Guidelines.

How much does the NCARB Certificate cost?

Applying for an NCARB Certificate costs $1,100. Licensure candidates who maintain an active NCARB Record will receive their first year of certification for free, plus half off the second year. Learn more on our fees page.

How do I use the NCARB credential?

Having an NCARB Certificate shows clients and employers that you meet national standards. Only architects with an active NCARB Certificate number can use the “NCARB” credential. For example: Your Name, NCARB.

Architects without an NCARB Certificate, licensure candidates, firms, and organizations are not permitted to use the NCARB credential. The NCARB logo is reserved solely for use by NCARB.

How do I start the foreign architect path to certification?

Review the requirements and ensure that you have the necessary credential and transcripts, and confirm that the U.S. jurisdiction where you seek licensure accepts the NCARB Certificate earned via this foreign architect path. Then, establish an NCARB Record if you do not already have one. Complete the Transcript Request Form and the Credential Verification Form, and have your completed forms and transcript(s) sent directly to NCARB by the corresponding authorities or the translation service. After NCARB receives and reviews the required documents, you will be notified concerning your eligibility for this path.

How do I renew my NCARB Certificate?

To renew your NCARB Certificate, simply login to your NCARB Record and click “Renew Now” under the quick links sidebar.

How do I apply for licensure in another jurisdiction?

Certified architects can easily apply for licensure in another jurisdiction through their NCARB Record. Simply select the "Request Transmittal of NCARB Record" button and follow the instructions on your screen. Learn more about applying for a reciprocal license.

How do I apply for an NCARB Certificate?

You can apply for an NCARB Certificate by calling our Customer Relations team at 202-879-0520. 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. Learn more about applying for an NCARB Certificate.

Do I need an NCARB Certificate to apply for licensure in another jurisdiction?

While it’s possible to gain a reciprocal license without being certified, all 55 jurisdictions accept the Certificate and 24 require it. To find out if your jurisdiction requires the Certificate for reciprocal licensure, explore the licensing requirements tool.