How to get your architect’s license by exam
If you haven’t started IDP or had any activity for over 5 years, you must:
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Have an accredited architectural degree and have successfully completed IDP.
Have a high school diploma or equivalent and at least 9 years of practical architectural work experience, which includes completion of IDP.
- Before enrolling in IDP, you must have had at least 6 years of work experience, with at least 3 years of experience under the direct supervision of an architect.
- Unaccredited and related degrees can receive partial credit toward experience requirements. See WAC 308-12-025 for details.
For details about these requirements, please see RCW 18.08.350.
How to apply
If you have a non-accredited bachelor’s or master’s degree in architecture from a university not recognized by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) or are applying with work experience only:
- Work directly with NCARB during Intern Development Program (IDP) training.
- After you’ve successfully completed IDP:
- Have NCARB transmit your record to us.
- Have your college or university send us any official transcripts not included in your IDP record.
- Have your verifiers send us completed employment and experience summary forms to document your work experience outside of IDP.
- Send us your completed Architect Registration Initial Application and a check or money order for the non-refundable fee (payable to the Department of Licensing).
- When your application is complete, we’ll register you to take the Architect Registration Exams (ARE).
- Starting July 1, 2013, there will be an estimated 8-week blackout for ARE candidates. To learn more, see 2013 New ARE Systems on the NCARB website.
- When you’ve passed the entire ARE and, if necessary, the oral exam, submit:
- A check or money order for the $75 initial 2-year registration fee (payable to the Department of Licensing).
- A written summary of Washington laws and rules. The summary must:
Note: You don’t need to summarize redacted sections or subsections of the laws and rules. Footnotes aren’t required.
- Be written in sufficient detail to show a thorough understanding of the laws and rules (approximately 20–30 pages total).
- Not be a verbatim copy of the law.
- Be typed and double-spaced, and include: