Certification Overview

NCARB Certificate

NCARB certification facilitates reciprocal registration among all 54 NCARB Member Boards, 11 Canadian jurisdictions, and can be used to support an application for registration in other countries. Although certification does not qualify a person to practice architecture in a jurisdiction, it does signify that you have met the highest professional standards established by the registration boards responsible for protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public.

The NCARB Certificate:

  • Gives you a competitive edge.
  • Provides discounts on continuing education.
  • Gives you the mobility you need to take advantage of business opportunities in several jurisdictions.
  • Allows you to use "NCARB" after your name.

Having NCARB after your name doesn't mean you're a member of an organization—it means you have earned the NCARB Certificate and met the highest professional standards established by the registration boards responsible for protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public. This is an individual credential and not available for firms.

Is Your Architect Certified?
Find an NCARB certified architect near you.

Architect License Verification
Verify that your architect is licensed in one of NCARB's 54 U.S. member jurisdictions. Includes links to the individual jurisdiction licensee databases.

Certification Requirements 
Find out what qualifications you need to be NCARB certified.

Application Process
Learn how to apply for an NCARB Certificate.

Certification Fees 

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Mobile You
Be ready for opportunities in every economy—find out the benefits of NCARB certification.

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Architects With the Certification Edge
Architects who have an NCARB Certificate have paved their way for faster reciprocity and greater mobility. No longer confined to their own jurisdictions, they can more quickly obtain licenses in other states to strategically market their services and pursue opportunities on a national level.

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