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 entities 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 over 21,000 licensed architects and approximately 10,000 candidates who are in the process of meeting examination and licensure requirements.
Subject Matter Expert Recruitment for CSE Development
The California Architects Board (CAB) is seeking licensees interested in giving back to the profession by serving as subject matter experts (SMEs) and participating in California Supplemental Examination (CSE) development.
Workshops are held throughout the year in Sacramento and typically conducted on Friday and Saturday. Occasionally, three-day workshops are held from Thursday through Saturday. SMEs receive a $200 stipend each day they attend the workshop. Those who travel more than 50 miles one-way will receive reimbursement for travel expenses, in accordance with state guidelines.
To serve as an SME, a licensee must:
- Hold a current California architect license in good standing; have no prior or pending disciplinary or enforcement actions.
- Agree not to participate in any CSE coaching or preparation activities.
Licensees interested in serving as an SME must complete a brief survey.
For more information about becoming an SME please contact Rikki Parks by email at email@example.com or by phone at (916) 575-7219.
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Subject Matter Expert Announcement for the Enforcement Program
The California Architects Board (Board) is accepting applications for their Subject Matter Expert (SME) program, to provide case review, technical evaluation, and courtroom testimony as needed for the Board’s Enforcement Program. Existing Board staff and departmental investigators require technical assistance to handle the complexity and number of some complaints and inquiries. Several SMEs are needed to respond to technical inquiries from Board staff, evaluate consumer complaints, provide guidance to the Division of Investigation and Attorney General in technical matters, act as an expert witness, and testify at disciplinary hearings and criminal cases regarding matters within the jurisdiction of the Architects Practice Act. The SME will need to have or acquire knowledge and understanding of the Board’s laws, rules, and regulations.
It is anticipated that up to 180 hours of work will be required per year under a three-year contract. The SME hourly rate will be fixed at $90 per hour for case review and $110 per hour for courtroom testimony. A total of $49,999 has been appropriated for each three-year SME contract.
Failure to meet the Minimum Qualifications will result in an application not being considered. The proposer must:
- Reside in California;
- Possess an active license to practice architecture in California and have no history of enforcement and/or administrative actions;
- Have been in practice, as defined in BPC section 5500.1, within California for the last five years;
- Have experience preparing expert analysis for, or testifying in a minimum of three architecture-related civil or administrative law matters; and
- Be available to respond to technical inquiries from Board staff approximately one hour per week and perform a timely review (typically within 30 days) of at least three cases per year.
If awarded a contract, the SME shall agree not to:
- Use their status as a Board expert in any advertising or sales promotion;
- Solicit for completion of any work that they investigate as a Board expert;
- Falsify any official documents;
- Give false or incomplete testimony;
- Release confidential Board information; or
- Accept employment with another state agency.
For additional information about the Board SME program, or to request an application, please contact the Enforcement Analyst Michael Sganga at (916) 575-7203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Online Credit/Debit Card Payment System for License Renewal
The California Architects Board is now accepting online credit/debit card payments for license renewals.
This new payment option will decrease the time to renew a license, while providing a secure online payment option. This new secure online payment option provides a quick and easy license renewal experience. All other forms of payment will continue to be accepted.
A licensee may not renew online if they:
- Renew a license more than 90 days prior to its expiration date
- Owe a fine
- Request a Military Waiver (no fee)
- Are Military Inactive status (no fee)
Or if the license status is:
- Delinquent beyond two renewal cycles (two years delinquent and two renewal fees due)
For questions on the license renewal process, please email email@example.com or call (916) 574-7220.
2018 Sunset Review Report
Waiting Period for California Supplemental Examination Retakes Reduced
California’s requirements for becoming a licensed architect.
The minimum education and/or experience required to take the examinations.
Information and resources for individuals with military experience, including expedited processing for spouses and renewal waiver for licensees called to active duty.
Information regarding the next steps a candidate needs to take after they complete the Architect Registration Examination (ARE).
Forms and information for candidates and licensees to change their address or name.
Renewal information including continuing education (CE), application, and fee requirements.
The statutes and regulations that affect the practice of architecture in California.
Information on how the public can participate in the proposed regulation process.