NCARB’s community continues to grow, with nearly 41,000 certified architects, more than 62,700 non-licensed Record holders, and hundreds of volunteers. These volunteers, which include licensure candidates, architects, and educators, dedicate thousands of hours to serve on various committees and task forces—from writing exam questions to evaluating experience requirements, and everything in between. 

Number of NCARB Certified Architects Reaches All-Time High

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In 2015, nearly 41,000 architects held an NCARB Certificate—the highest number on record and a 4 percent increase from the previous year. This credential facilitates reciprocal licensure across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Plus, certified architects now have access to free continuing education opportunities through NCARB’s Monograph Series

Number of New NCARB Records Dips Slightly

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About 8,950 individuals started a Record in 2015, a 10 percent drop from the previous year. Despite this shift, the number of new Records in 2015 remains above the 10-year average of 8,694. The spike in 2009 is the result of a new policy that required licensure candidates to hold an NCARB Record. 

Most Non-Licensed Record Holders in Late 20s

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In 2015, more than 62,700 non-licensed professionals had an NCARB Record, the majority of whom were in their late 20s. For comparison, NCARB Certificate holders were evenly distributed across career stages. 

Note: “Non-licensed professionals” are Record holders without a license. 

Thousands of Architects Guide Licensure Candidates

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In 2015, more than 22,700 architect supervisors helped guide the next generation of practitioners by reviewing experience reports. Of those supervisors, 9,438 have an NCARB Certificate.