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As a foreign architect applying through the foreign architect path to NCARB certification, does the AXP reporting requirement apply to me?

No. Registered certification applicants, foreign or domestic, are not limited by the reporting requirement. You may submit any previous experience pre- or post-licensure for fulfillment of AXP.  Learn more about the foreign architect path to certification.

Are online-proctored exams the same as the exams administered at the test center?

Yes, candidates testing online will experience the same exam as candidates testing in person, with the same tools, number of items, testing length, and exam content.

Will I lose hours if my supervisor takes a long time to review reports?

You will not lose hours for delays in processing caused by your supervisor or if they return a report for edits.

Why should I participate in an IPAL program?

IPAL-accepted programs provide the opportunity to earn your license in less time by incorporating experience and examination into your education.

Who develops NCARB’s programs?

NCARB works with hundreds of volunteer architects, licensure candidates, and the public to develop and administer our programs.

Where can I find detailed information about completing the AXP?

The  AXP Guidelines  is essential reading for licensure candidates and their supervisors. The document includes steps to completing the program, reporting procedures, experience requirements, and more.

What is NCARB by the Numbers?

NCARB by the Numbers offers an inside look at the data behind the architecture profession—including the timeline to licensure, demographics of architects and licensure candidates, and more.

What is experience setting A?

Setting A covers the experience you gain while employed by an organization engaged in the lawful practice of architecture, working under an AXP supervisor who is licensed to practice architecture in the United States or Canada. To meet the AXP’s requirements, you’ll need to earn a minimum of 1,860 hours in experience setting A. 

What is a NAAB-accredited program?

The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) evaluates and accredits architecture programs. A NAAB-accredited program offers a professional degree in architecture that meets the education requirement for licensure in all 55 U.S. jurisdictions.

What countries does NCARB have mutual recognition arrangements with?

NCARB currently has agreements to facilitate reciprocal licensure with Australia, Canada, Mexico, and New Zealand. Learn more about our mutual recognition arrangements.