NCARB certification requires satisfaction of education, training, and examination requirements outlined in the Certification Guidelines:
BROADLY EXPERIENCED ARCHITECT (BEA) PROGRAM
The BEA Program provides an opportunity for eligible architects to demonstrate that they have gained learning through experience as a registered architect to meet the requirements of the NCARB Education Standard
as an alternative to the education requirement for NCARB certification. BEA Program eligibility requires satisfaction of all certification requirements except the education requirement. All requirements must be satisfied before an NCARB Certificate may be issued.
Architects who do not hold a professional architecture degree from a NAAB-accredited program are eligible to apply for an NCARB Certificate through the BEA Program if they:
- Hold current registration from an NCARB Member Board
- Have comprehensive practice experience as a registered architect over a prescribed number of years:
- Six years if you hold a pre-professional degree in architecture awarded by a U.S. regionally accredited institution or the Canadian equivalent; or
- Eight years if you hold any other baccalaureate or higher degree; or
- Ten years if you do not hold a post-secondary baccalaureate or higher degree.
Many architects apply for an NCARB Certificate to seek reciprocal registration in other U.S. jurisdictions. Reciprocal registration requirements vary and not all jurisdictions accept an NCARB Certificate issued upon completion of the BEA Program. The NCARB website has links to each jurisdiction’s web site and a summary of registration requirements. Because requirements may change, it is important to confirm requirements, including reciprocity requirements, with the jurisdiction in which you are seeking registration.