The NCARB certification often expedites reciprocity—the process through which one can offer his or her professional services in different jurisdictions after earning an initial license.
Certification OverviewNCARB 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.
Value of an NCARB CertificateAn NCARB Certificate means you have met the highest professional standards established by the registration boards responsible for protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
Standard Path The most straight forward path to certification involves earning a NAAB- or CACB-accredited degree, completing the Intern Development Program (IDP), passing the Architect Registration Examination (ARE), and receiving an initial license from a state registration board.
Alternate PathsIf you didn’t complete one of the standard steps to certification before you received your initial license, you may be able earn the NCARB Certificate through your experience.
Reciprocity OverviewIn terms of architectural registration, reciprocity is when a registered architect in one jurisdiction applies for registration in another jurisdiction by presenting documentation that he or she meets that jurisdiction's registration requirements.
International PracticeNCARB has established reciprocal registration for architects in the United States and Canada, and is engaged in similar discussions with additional countries including Mexico. We are also the administrator of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Architects (APEC) program in the United States.
EESAA NAAB or CACB-accredited professional degree is a standard requirement for most U.S. registration boards. If you do not have a degree from an accredited program, you may have your degree evaluated by EESA.
Find out the fees associated with earning and maintaining an NCARB Certificate.
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