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

NCARB is currently reviewing potential adjustments to the leadership path to help support equity, diversity, and inclusion within our organization. The process to implement these adjustments may take time, but we hope they 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.

Who can serve on the NCARB Board of Directors?

Individuals who have served or are serving on U.S. state or territorial licensing boards are eligible to serve on the NCARB Board of Directors. Licensing board delegates vote annually to elect candidates for the Board positions.

What is the difference between my NCARB Record number and my NCARB Certificate number?

Your NCARB Record number is issued to you when you establish an NCARB Record. The Certificate number is issued to you when you have met the requirements for the NCARB Certificate. If you an NCARB Certificate, you will have both an NCARB Record and Certificate number.

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 or the AXP supervisor portal. An NCARB Record is a paid service that documents 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.

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 is working with local AIA and NOMA chapters 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). Explore current open positions on licensing boards.

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. For questions about the exam, you can also 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.