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Board policies direct activities in the following areas:
If a licensing applicant fails to complete the licensing process and his/her records show no activity for 5 consecutive years, the board will consider the application abandoned. No activity includes, but is not limited to:
If the application is considered abandoned, it may be archived or destroyed, and the applicant will be required to reapply for licensure and comply with the licensing requirements in effect at the time of reapplication.
POL350-6, Board, 6/2012.
The Architect licensing law in Washington requires that applicants have at least 3 years practical work experience in a structured intern development program approved by the Washington Board for Architects. The Board requires interns to be enrolled in NCARB's Intern Development Program for a minimum of 5,600 hours. Interns who complete their IDP core hours in less than 3 years must continue to work under the supervision of an IDP Supervisor until they have completed a total of 5,600 supervised IDP hours.
Washington State Board for Architects, 4/2015
Out-of-state architects entering Washington State to do work under disaster relief must be licensed in Washington. If the architect is a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Certificate holder, the Washington State Board for Architects will expedite the licensing process and issue a license within 7 working days.
If an architect is not licensed in Washington State and is not an NCARB certificate holder, the architect must align with a local, licensed architect.
POL400-3, Board, 3/2007.
Life safety is affected if the work contemplated includes, but is not limited to:
POL410-2, Board, 2/2012.
The board will evaluate applicants with military training or experience on a case by case basis to determine if the experience/training meets the licensing requirements.
POL500-1, Board, 2/2012.
Architects are required to sign and seal technical submissions prepared by them, and allowed to sign works created by others under certain limited conditions found in RCW 18.08.370 (3). Additionally the Board recognizes the possibility unforeseen events (i.e. closing a business, termination of a contract for architectural services with or without cause, delay of a project, disputes, death, or similar situations) which result in a situation where the initial architect is unavailable to sign and seal as architect-of-record.
In this event you may be a subsequent architect engaged to provide ongoing architectural services for a project. In order to be consistent with the other allowed conditions in RCW 18.08.370(3) some form of a written dissolution agreement or granting of permission with the original architect and/or the legal owner of the documents must have been executed. Verification of such agreement (s) is your responsibility and if there is any doubt you are advised to contact your legal counsel. After satisfaction of this condition you become architect-of-record with stamp and seal authority. Your professional duties, obligations and responsibilities as subsequent architect are the same as if you were the original architect.
POL370-1, Board, 11/2011