ARE Coming to Hong Kong in April

Washington, DC—The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is delighted to announce that the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) will be available in Prometric test centers in Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China in early April. This is the second Asia-Pacific location available to take the ARE, after the U.S. territory of Guam.

The push to expand international delivery is part of an ongoing effort to facilitate the path to licensure for candidates living abroad. Over the summer, the Council began administering the exam in London, England and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The launch of the ARE in Hong Kong was a joint effort between NCARB and the AIA Hong Kong chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), with additional aid from Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, current AIA first vice president/president-elect. AIA Hong Kong was instrumental in working with local authorities to facilitate the approval process for the ARE to be available in Hong Kong.

“Our efforts to administer the ARE in Hong Kong are an excellent example of how NCARB collaborates with our partner organizations to support those seeking to become architects in the United States,” said NCARB CEO Michael J. Armstrong. “This test center will offer greater convenience to U.S. candidates living and working in Asia.”

The seven-division, computer-based examination is required by all 54 U.S. jurisdictions for architectural licensure and is administered in over 350 Prometric test centers across the United States and Canada. It is also available in the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In keeping with current exam eligibility requirements, candidates must be approved by one of the 54 U.S. jurisdictions to be made eligible to sit for the examination. The fee to take exams at international test centers outside North America and U.S. territories is $310 per division. Eligible candidates can begin scheduling exams March 28 in My Examination, and the first day the exam will be available in a test center is April 3.


The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ membership is made up of the architectural registration boards of all 50 states as well as those of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NCARB assists its member registration boards in carrying out their duties and provides a certification program for individual architects.

NCARB protects the public health, safety, and welfare by leading the regulation of the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for licensure and credentialing of architects. In order to achieve these goals, the Council develops and recommends standards to be required of an applicant for architectural registration; develops and recommends standards regulating the practice of architecture; provides to Member Boards a process for certifying the qualifications of an architect for registration; and represents the interests of Member Boards before public and private agencies. NCARB has established reciprocal registration for architects in the United States and Canada.