California Architects Board
The California Architects Board (Board) was created in 1901 by the California Legislature to fulfill the mission of protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public through the regulation of the practice of architecture in California. It is one of numerous boards, bureaus, commissions, and committees within the Department of Consumer Affairs responsible for consumer protection and the regulation of licensed professionals. The Board establishes regulations for examination and licensing of the profession of architecture in California, which today numbers approximately 21,000 licensed architects and approximately 11,000 candidates who are in the process of meeting examination and licensure requirements.
Architect Registration Examination (ARE) 5.0 Launches November 1, 2016
After ARE 5.0 launches on November 1, 2016, candidates can decide when to self-transition to the new exam and make an appointment to begin testing. NCARB will continue to administer ARE 4.0 until June 30, 2018. This period of dual delivery will enable candidates to finish the exam in a way that best suits their needs.
New candidates, who want to take ARE 4.0 after November 1, 2016, must submit a completed Application for Eligibility Evaluation (PDF, 239K) along with all required documentation to the Board and make an official request for testing eligibility via My NCARB by October 31, 2016.
After October 31, 2016, all new candidates who apply with the Board or request testing eligibility will be required to complete ARE 5.0.
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