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Will NCARB consider altering its leadership structure to allow for greater diversity?

To address the NCARB volunteer leadership culture, NCARB’s volunteer-led Diversity Collaborative Task Force is in the process of drafting suggestions for adjustments to the leadership path that will help further support equity, diversity, and inclusion within our volunteer and leadership structure. We hope these efforts will result in increased diversity in our Board and larger volunteer community not only in terms of race, but also in age, gender, background, education, experience, and more.

While appreciative that we have more work to do, we're excited to share that our next incoming president, Alfred Vidaurri, will be the first Latino president in NCARB’s history. In addition, four of our six regional chairs are now filled by women which will lead to increased gender diversity in the short term.

Who can serve on the NCARB Board of Directors?

Service on the NCARB Board of Directors is available to individuals who have served or are serving on U.S. state or territorial licensing boards, who are typically appointed by governors or other local leadership. Licensing board delegates vote annually to elect candidates for the Board positions. The pool of potential board members, and their electors, is therefore limited to and reliant upon appointments made by governors and other appointing authorities.

What is the difference between a My NCARB account and an NCARB Record?

A My NCARB account is a free account that provides access to several NCARB resources, such as the ARE 5.0 demonstration exam.

An NCARB Record is a paid, verified online account of your professional history—including your education, experience, and examination details. You will need an NCARB Record to complete the AXP, take the ARE, and become NCARB certified.

If you are an AXP supervisor or mentor, you only need a free account to access your candidate’s experience reports. Learn more about reviewing experience reports.

What is NCARB?

NCARB is a nonprofit organization that is comprised of and collaborates with the architectural licensing boards of the 55 U.S. states and territories. We develop and administer the national programs for licensure candidates and architects that individual boards use to regulate architecture within their jurisdiction.

What is NCARB doing to improve diversity within the organization?

NCARB has developed a strategy for encouraging appointing officials (such as governors) to place more diverse individuals on state or territorial licensing boards. We are committed to both providing and promoting opportunities for architects of all backgrounds to get involved in our organization.

NCARB is working with local AIA chapters and the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) to encourage people of color to serve on state licensing boards, as well as on our various committees (which allow for greater networking with the licensing board community).

We encourage everyone within our community to recommend or apply for licensing board appointments by exploring the open positions on licensing boards as featured on our website, which are updated as soon as they become available.

What is an NCARB Record?

An NCARB Record is a paid, verified online account of your professional history—including your education, experience, and examination details.

You will need an NCARB Record to complete the AXP, take the ARE, and become NCARB certified. At your request, NCARB can also transmit your Record to a jurisdiction to facilitate reciprocal licensure.

What are NCARB’s operating hours?

NCARB’s office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET, except federal holidays.

I have a question/concern. Who should I contact?

Please contact our Customer Relations team online  or at 202-879-0520 for help. Have an exam question? Reach out to our experts on the ARE 5.0 Community.

How much does an NCARB Record cost?

Please visit our fees page to learn more about the costs associated with your NCARB Record.

How do I report misconduct?

If you’d like to report misconduct that violates NCARB’s policies or Model Rules of Conduct, please email whistleblower@ncarb.org.