Experience


Additional Experience for CSE Eligibility

Following fulfillment of the five year educational requirement, candidates must complete an additional three years of education and/or work experience equivalents and successfully complete the ARE in order to be eligible to take the California Supplemental Examination (CSE). This requirement will apply to most candidates in one of two ways:

  • Candidates who are required to complete the AXP requirement: Candidates will be granted a maximum of five years of experience upon completion of the AXP. Verification of completion of the AXP must be provided by NCARB directly to the Board.
  • Candidates who are not required to complete the AXP requirement: These candidates must still obtain three additional years of education and/or work experience credit (following fulfillment of the educational requirement) prior to being eligible to take the CSE, including at least one year of work experience under the direct supervision of an architect licensed in a US jurisdiction or two years of work experience under the direct supervision of an architect registered in a Canadian province. Such candidates should use the Employment Verification Form (PDF, 57K) to provide evidence of work experience.