Becoming An Architect

Becoming a licensed architect is a long journey consisting of several professional milestones:

  • Formal education from an institution accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board
  • Several years of professional experience under the direct supervision of a licensed architect.
  • Successful completion of all seven divisions of Architectural Registration Examinations as well as any
    other jurisdiction-specific requirements (additional testing & experience).
  • Obtaining initial licensure in one of the United States 54 jurisdictions.
  • Maintaining one’s license thru continued education.

Once licensed, professional architects may choose to seek additional accreditation with the National
Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). NCARB certification signifies that an individual has met
the highest professional standards established by the registration boards responsible for protecting the
health, safety and welfare of the public.

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