State Architectural Licensing
Guide to Architectural Licensure in the State of California
All information provided within is for reference only – please see official sources for definitive and up-to-date guidelines.
Want to become a licensed as an architect in the State of California? Make sure to have a few years of free time and be well versed in alphabet soup. The process is actually not that hard to complete – it’s far more difficult to explain it start to finish than fill out the paperwork. The following is a summary of the agencies, programs and accompanying acronyms you’ll need for the journey. Again all information provided is for reference only – please see official sources for definitive and up-to-date guidelines.
First one must register with the following two organizations to establish records for the purposes of completing the required programs.
- One of the five architectural organizations (collaterals) that oversee the profession
- Specifically oversees the training and registration and architects, sets national policy and administers Intern Development Program (IDP) and oversees the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE).
- Interns must start a council record in order to submit IDP hours/reports. - You get a NCARB Council Record ID #
- Mediating body that can help grant licensure reciprocity from state to state.
CAB - California Architects Board
For IDP/CIDP: http://www.cab.ca.gov/candidates/cidp_idp.shtml
CSE – California Supplementary Exam
For ARE/CSE: http://www.cab.ca.gov/candidates/cse.shtml