More than 45,000 architects have an NCARB Certificate—a professional credential that facilitates licensure across borders, provides access to free continuing education, and more.
How to Apply for the NCARB Certificate
Ready to get NCARB certified? First, you will need to establish or reactivate your NCARB Record. Next, you will need to document the following requirements.
Requirements for NCARB Certification
There are four pre-requisites for Certification.
- Education: Hold a degree in architecture from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) or the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB).
- Are you a U.S. architect without a degree from a NAAB-accredited program? Learn how to apply for certification through the Education Alternative.
- Experience: Complete the Architectural Experience Program (AXP).
- Did you get licensed before the experience program was required? Learn how to report hours as an architect.
- Examination: Pass the Architect Registration Examination (ARE).
- Registration: Hold a license to practice architecture from a U.S. registration board.
- Are you a foreign-licensed architect seeking NCARB certification? Learn how to apply through the Foreign Architect Path.
Once NCARB has received proof of registration from your board and you have met the requirements for certification, we will evaluate your Record. The evaluation response time is approximately 30 business days. Once the evaluation is complete, you will receive an email confirming you have met the requirements for certification and be issued a Certificate number. The cost associated with establishing and maintaining an NCARB Certificate can be found on our fees page. For complete detailed information on applying for the NCARB Certificate, download the Certification Guidelines.
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