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Licensure Requirements
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The path to licensure is a process that involves the completion of multiple levels of requirements. From receiving a NAAB-accredited architecture degree or meeting the jurisdiction experience requirement, to gaining and documenting required experience through hourly reporting or the portfolio method (AXP), to passing the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) and the California Supplemental Examination, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), in partnership with the California Architects Board, provide guidelines to reach this important licensure milestone in the State of California.

  • Provide verification of NAAB-accredited education equivalents and 3,740 hours of architectural practice experience to demonstrate completion of the experience requirement as evaluated by the Board;
  • Of the 3,740 hours required for California, a minimum of 1,860 hours of experience must be gained under the direct supervision of an architect licensed in a US jurisdiction while employed by the architecture firm;
  • Successful completion of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE)
  • Completion of the Architectural Experience Program (AXP)
  • Successful completion of the California Supplemental Examination (CSE)