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Do I need an NCARB Certificate to apply for licensure in another jurisdiction?

While it’s possible to gain a reciprocal license without being certified, all 55 U.S. jurisdictions accept the NCARB Certificate and 24 jurisdictions require it. To find out if your desired jurisdiction requires the Certificate for reciprocal licensure, explore the  licensing requirements tool.

Do I need an AXP mentor?

Having an experienced architect to offer instruction, encouragement, and advice can be extremely beneficial as you navigate the path to licensure. While your mentor won’t typically monitor your experience reports, there are  certain opportunities where they can act as an AXP supervisor.

Do I need an active license to maintain my NCARB Certificate?

Yes—an active license is required to maintain your NCARB certification.

Did the changes necessary to enable online proctoring make the exam easier or harder?

Neither. The content you will be assessed on when you take an ARE division, as well as the proportion of items each content area takes up on the exam, did not change. Note: Because the exam length changed, NCARB will set a new cut score after the online proctoring option launches. Learn more

Can I wear headphones or a headset during my online ARE appointment?

No, you cannot wear headphones during your online proctoring appointment. Before you launch your appointment, be sure to adjust your computer volume to a comfortable setting, as you will be unable to adjust it once you launch the ProProctor application. 

Can I use my NCARB Certificate to apply for licensure in other countries?

Certified architects can apply for reciprocal licenses in Canada, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand. NCARB can also send a letter on your behalf to foreign economies participating in the  Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation  (APEC) Architect Project. Learn more about  international practice.

Can I use my laptop’s webcam to take the ARE online?

No, your laptop’s integrated webcam will NOT be accepted. You must have an external webcam that you can move to provide a 360-degree view of your testing environment, and the webcam should have an autofocus capability.

Can I use multiple monitors to take the ARE online?

No, you will not be allowed to have multiple screens and/or monitors during the exam. While you may choose to connect a laptop to one external monitor, your laptop lid will need to be closed during your appointment.

Can I talk aloud to myself while testing online?

We recommend NOT talking to yourself or looking around the room, as this will prompt your online proctor to pause your exam and ask what you are doing.

Can I take the ARE while completing the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®)?

Of the 55 jurisdictions, 50 licensing boards allow candidates to take the ARE while completing their experience—this is known as early eligibility. Find out if your board allows early eligibility through our  licensing requirements tool.