Each year, NCARB by the Numbers  highlights data from the previous calendar year. The 2020 edition of this publication features data frozen at the end of 2019. However, one of NCARB's goals has been to provide up-to-date, live data showing current trends on the path to licensure. 

The charts in this section reflect live data from the 2020 calendar year. Each 2020 entry provides data gathered from January 1, 2020, to the present date, and will update monthly. This data may shift throughout the year based on ongoing current events—such as the COVID-19 pandemic—and other trends. Numbers from previous years (for instance, 2019's data) may also shift slightly, as candidates backdate experience reports or other program information.

For charts that display the number of candidates or program completions, numbers closer to the start of the year are expected to be much smaller than the final, year-end total. For charts based on averages, it is important to remember that the number of data points from which the average is calculated will be much larger toward the end of the calendar year. 

Please note: Program completions have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. NCARB is monitoring this impact and working to ensure candidates can continue to progress through the licensure path as smoothly as possible.

Number of Licensure Candidates

This chart shows the total number of candidates actively working toward licensure during the year by reporting experience toward the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®), taking a division of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), or both.

Number of Experience Completions

This chart shows the total number of candidates who completed the experience program each year. Note: This data can shift as candidates can report experience up to five years in the past. For example, if someone today submitted a final experience report from 2017, their AXP completion date would be 2017.

Average Time to Complete Experience

This chart shows the average time it takes to complete the experience program, based on the year the candidate completed the AXP. The duration is determined by an assessment of the date they first submitted experience and the date they submitted their final report. Note: This data can shift as candidates can report experience up to five years in the past. For example, if someone today submitted a final experience report from 2017, their AXP completion date would be 2017.

Number of Exam Completions

This chart shows the total number of candidates who completed the ARE each year. In 2020, this number was significantly impacted by the spring closure of test centers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Average Time to Complete the Exam

This chart shows the average time it takes to complete the exam, based on the year the candidate passed their final ARE division. The duration is determined by an assessment of the date of their first test and the date they passed their final division. In 2020, this data has been impacted by the spring closure of test centers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ARE Pass Rates by Division

This chart shows the average pass rate of each division of the ARE in the 2020 calendar year. A pass rate is the percent of candidates who successfully pass a division compared to the total number of candidates who attempted that division.

Number of Candidates Completing Core Requirements

This chart shows the total number of candidates who completed their final core requirement for licensure each year, a key measure of NCARB’s mission to facilitate licensure. The core requirements for licensure in the United States include gaining an education (typically a degree from a NAAB-accredited program), completing the AXP, and passing the ARE. Some jurisdictions have additional requirements that fall outside this “core,” such as additional experience.

Gender Representation Across Career Stages

This chart shows the proportion of men and women at various stages in their architecture career. Note: Each bar represents a different cohort of individuals, based on their current status in the 2020 calendar year.

Racial and Ethnic Representation Across Career Stages

This chart shows the proportion of individuals who identify as each race or ethnicity at various stages in their architecture career. Note: Each bar represents a different cohort of individuals, based on their current status in the 2020 calendar year.

Number of New Record Holders

This chart shows the total number of individuals who created an NCARB Record each year. Creating an NCARB Record is often the first step toward completing the experience and examination components of the licensure process.