Coming in 2016: Save With New IDP and ARE Fees

Effective late June 2016, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) will reduce and simplify its fee structure for the Intern Development Program (IDP) and the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). These fee changes, adopted by the Board of Directors and announced at NCARB’s Annual Business Meeting last month, will help save aspiring architects money on the path to licensure.

"We want to make it easier to understand our fee schedule,” said NCARB CEO Mike Armstrong. “We also want to incentivize aspiring architects to complete the path to licensure and reward them for completing ARE and IDP requirements in a timely fashion."

New IDP Fees
Effective: Late June 2016
Record Application Fee: $100 for one year of service
Annual Renewal Fee: $85

The new Record Application fee (previously $350) and Annual Renewal Fee (previously $75) will go into effect with the roll out of the new overhauled IDP in late June 2016. The new fee structure represents a savings of at least $30 over the typical lifespan of IDP and ARE, which currently averages eight years. An even larger cost savings is likely as participants enroll in the simplified and overhauled IDP program, which is anticipated to take less time to complete.

For Record holders who paid the full $350 application fee prior to the implementation of the new fees, the new renewal fee will not be applied until expiration of the initial three years of service. If only the first installment of $100 available to recent graduates was paid, the remaining $250 balance will be waived and the renewal fee will be applied on a yearly basis.

New ARE 5.0 Fees
Effective: Late 2016 through June 30, 2018
Cost of the ARE (six divisions): $1,260
Individual divisions: $210

When ARE 5.0 launches in late 2016, the cost for the six-division exam will be $1,260, payable as-you-go at the same per division rate of $210 per division. In July 2018*, the six-division examination fee will total $1,410, at a per-division rate of $235. This future rate remains $60 below the current cumulative ARE 4.0 fee of $1,470.

Editor's Note: The page was updated on December 19, 2017.

*The new ARE division fees will go into effect October 2018 rather than July 2018 as originally stated.