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What is the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL)?

The Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) is an option within a NAAB-accredited program that gives students the opportunity to complete the requirements for licensure while earning a degree.  Learn more about IPAL.

What is the duration requirement?

Some jurisdictions have a minimum employment duration requirement for initial licensure. For example, if your jurisdiction has a three-year duration requirement, you’ll need to document three years of qualifying experience, with the AXP counting toward this requirement. Find out if your board has a duration requirement through our  Licensing Requirements tool.

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 likely need to have your education evaluated by the NAAB (note: 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 that accepts foreign-educated applicants.

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. Details about these requirements can be found in the Certification Guidelines.

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 the AXP Portfolio?

Through the  AXP Portfolio, seasoned professionals can submit exhibits of work to fulfill the experience requirement for licensure. To be eligible for the portfolio, you must be able to document applicable experience that is older than five years. To see the full list of requirements, download the  AXP Guidelines.

What is the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®)?

The AXP provides a framework to guide you through earning and recording your professional experience. The program is accepted by most U.S. jurisdictions and is a key step on the path to earning an architecture license.

What is the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®)?

The ARE is a multi-division exam used to assess your knowledge and skills regarding the practice of architecture. The exam is accepted by all U.S. jurisdictions, plus several Canadian associations, and is a key step on the path to earning a license.

What is the Approved Test Prep Provider Program?

NCARB launched the  Approved Test Prep Provider Program  to help candidates better prepare for ARE 5.0. Through this initiative, test prep companies can submit study materials to an NCARB committee of volunteer architects for review.

What is NCARB’s Monograph Series?

NCARB’s Monograph Series is a collection of self-study resources by experts in the profession. By reading our monographs and taking an online quiz, you can earn continuing education hours in HSW from the comfort of your home. The monographs are always free for NCARB Certificate holders and licensure candidates with an active NCARB Record.

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.