News - 2020

Essential versus Non-Essential Services

On March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20. This Executive Order provided a stay at home order for the citizens of California, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors. The Executive Order referred to the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, which provides guidance regarding the identification of essential critical infrastructure workers. Please utilize this document when determining whether your business provides essential or non-essential services and whether you should remain open. That document can be found here.


Coronavirus Update for Licensees

While California continues to navigate the uncertainty of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and limit its spread, the California Architects Board (Board) is committed to supporting our licensees, applicants, and consumers throughout the course of this pandemic and to provide continuity of service at all times. The Board is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, coordinating with the state and local governments, and working with our partners to protect the health of Californians.

The Board understands the ability to perform your jobs with a license is a priority. We appreciate your patience as we work on implementing new technologies to work remotely and adhere to social distancing guidelines. We apologize in advance for any delays in reaching our staff or potential delays in our processing times.

We have received inquiries from our licensees and are providing the below FAQ's in an effort to provide information.

The best general guidance will continue to come from the California Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Q. Will Continuing Education (CE) Requirements Be Postponed?
A. Currently, the law does not allow for a postponement of CE requirements.

2. Q. Are There Fee Waivers Available?
A. Currently, the law does not allow for a waiver of any fees.

3. Q. Should My Business or Practice Remain Open?
A. The Board does not have authority to close businesses or practices solely as a result of COVID-19. We strongly encourage you to assess whether your business is an essential job function as outlined by the Governor and follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Check with your local county health department to determine what activities are also considered essential and non-essential.

4. Q. My Exam Was Canceled. What Does that Mean?
A. The Board will be working to ensure that expedited exam processing will occur when they return and will be looking at ways to mitigate delays. We are actively working to reschedule exams and honoring any fees applied or providing refunds when necessary.

We encourage any other inquiries to be sent through email to as a response time may be faster.


Attention California Architects Board Candidates – Update on PSI Test Sites

The California Architects Board has been notified that PSI has made the difficult decision to close their owned and operated test centers to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please see the message from the PSI CEO related to these closures.

Effective immediately, candidates can reschedule up to and including the day of testing at no penalty and no documentation required. NOTE: In most cases, candidates can reschedule their examinations on-line and they are encouraged to do so. If a candidate chooses to reschedule through the PSI candidate support call center, hold times are expected to be extensive under the current circumstances. The PSI test sites in the United States will close starting the end of day, March 19 until April 13.

PSI will be calling all scheduled candidates that are not registered with an email address. A PSI staff person will be calling candidates starting today through Saturday. After that, an automated phone message will be used to contact candidates. The PSI toll-free line is averaging 4,000 calls per hour. Candidates should expect an unprecedented delay in reaching a live person. The online tool is available to candidates for rescheduling.

The closure of these PSI locations will impact board/bureau applicants eligible to take the following examinations:

  • California Supplemental Examination

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Retired License Update

At its December 11, 2019 meeting, the Board voted to set the retired license fee at $40 and proceed with the process to adopt regulations to establish that fee. Once those regulations are adopted and effective, the Board will resume issuing retired licenses. At this time, the Board is not issuing any retired licenses; retired licenses issued on or before January 3, 2020 are not affected by this change.

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