How to get your architect’s license by direct registration with NCARB
If you have an accredited bachelor’s or master’s degree in architecture from a university recognized by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB):
- Work directly with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) to complete your:
- Intern Development Program (IDP) training.
- Architect Registration Examination (ARE).
Note: 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.
- After successfully completing the IDP and ARE, have NCARB transmit your record to our office.
- Send us all of the following
- A completed Architect Registration Initial Application.
- A check or money order, payable to the Department of Licensing, for the $125 fee ($50 non-refundable application fee plus $75 initial 2-year registration fee).
- A written summary of Washington State law and rules. The summary must:
- 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:
Note: You don’t need to summarize redacted sections or subsections of the laws and rules. Footnotes aren’t required.