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.

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Now Available - Latest Issue of the Board’s Newsletter

The latest issue of California Architects is available online.

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.

Visit NCARB’s resources (ARE 5.0 FAQ and ARE) for more information.

Request for Proposal - Architect Consultant Services

The California Architects Board is seeking proposals from architects who are interested in providing consultant services for the Board’s Enforcement Program. The services are provided from the Board’s office. For more information, please visit Cal eProcure and search for Event ID: 3205 or Event Name: Architect Consultant Services.

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