- What is the difference between a My NCARB account and an NCARB Record?
A My NCARB account is a free account that provides access to several NCARB resources, such as the ARE 5.0 demonstration exam.
An NCARB Record is a paid, verified online account of your professional history—including your education, experience, and examination details. You will need an NCARB Record to complete the AXP, take the ARE, and become NCARB certified.
If you are an AXP supervisor or mentor, you only need a free account to access your candidate’s experience reports. Learn more about reviewing experience reports.
- What is the AXP Portfolio?
Through the AXP Portfolio, seasoned professionals can submit exhibits of work to fulfill the experience requirement for licensure. To be eligible for the portfolio, you must be able to document applicable experience that is older than five years. To see the full list of requirements, download the AXP Guidelines.
- What is the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®)?
The AXP provides a framework to guide you through earning and recording your professional experience. The program is accepted by most U.S. jurisdictions and is a key step on the path to earning an architecture license.
- What is the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®)?
The ARE is a multi-division exam used to assess your knowledge and skills regarding the practice of architecture. The exam is accepted by all U.S. jurisdictions, plus several Canadian associations, and is a key step on the path to earning a license.
- What is the Approved Test Prep Provider Program?
NCARB launched the Approved Test Prep Provider Program to help candidates better prepare for ARE 5.0. Through this initiative, test prep companies can submit study materials to an NCARB committee of volunteer architects for review.
- What is NCARB’s Continuum Education Program?
NCARB’s Continuum Education Program is a collection of self-study resources by experts in the profession. By reading our courses and taking an online quiz, you can earn continuing education hours in HSW from the comfort of your home. Continuum Education courses are always free for NCARB Certificate holders and licensure candidates with an active NCARB Record.
- What is NCARB?
NCARB is a nonprofit organization that is comprised of and collaborates with the architectural licensing boards of the 55 U.S. states and territories. We develop and administer the national programs for licensure candidates and architects that individual boards use to regulate architecture within their jurisdiction.
- What is NCARB doing to improve diversity within the organization?
NCARB has developed a strategy for encouraging appointing officials (such as governors) to place more diverse individuals on state or territorial licensing boards. We are committed to both providing and promoting opportunities for architects of all backgrounds to get involved in our organization.
NCARB is working with local AIA chapters and the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) to encourage people of color to serve on state licensing boards, as well as on our various committees (which allow for greater networking with the licensing board community).
We encourage everyone within our community to recommend or apply for licensing board appointments by exploring the open positions on licensing boards as featured on our website, which are updated as soon as they become available.
- What is my role as an AXP supervisor?
As an AXP supervisor, you manage the candidate on a daily basis and are ultimately responsible for their work. Your main tasks are to provide work assignments that give your employee the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required by the AXP and provide feedback to guide their professional development. You will also review your employee’s experience reports and verify that their work meets the expectations and requirements of the AXP. Learn more about your role as an AXP supervisor.
- What is health, safety, and welfare (HSW)?
Many U.S. licensing boards, as well as the AIA, require architects to earn continuing education hours (CEH) in topic areas of Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) every year. All NCARB Monographs meet HSW requirements. Find out if your board requires CEH in HSW through our Licensing Requirements Tool.