Alert! Candidates must complete all divisions of the ARE before eligibility for the CSE.

California Supplemental Examination (CSE)


Examination results will be given to a candidate at the testing site after completing the examination.

Retaking the CSE

Candidates who are unsuccessful receive a score report and a CSE application so they can reapply. If a candidate does not receive their results after completing the examination, they should immediately contact the Board’s office.

Candidates must submit a new application and payment to the Board for each CSE attempt. As of December 1, 2018, candidates may reschedule an examination 90 or more days after an unsuccessful attempt. Applications may be submitted during the wait-period. However, authorization to test will not be granted until it has been concluded.

After Passing the Examination

Candidates are eligible to apply for licensure as an architect in California after passing the CSE. To apply, candidates must submit an Application for Licensure and the required fee to the Board. An Application for Licensure is only provided to a candidate when they passes the CSE. Allow 30 days for processing of an Application for Licensure and fee and approximately six to eight weeks for issuance of the license.