License Requirements

General | Fees | Partial Refunds | Education Requirements | Experience Requirements | Examination Requirements | Documentation Required for Licensure or Limited Permit (Based on Approach)

Advisory Notice:
As of May 31, 2011, the New York State Board for Architecture will not be setting (Intern Development Program) IDP Eligibility Dates for those candidates who do not have a degree from an NAAB accredited program. If you have questions related to your IDP Eligibility Date, please see NCARB's Web site in order to determine whether or not you are eligible to participate in the IDP. If you do not yet have a IDP eligibility date, and if your supervisor has approved your time tracked towards IDP requirements with NCARB, please contact the New York State Board for Architecture at archbd@mail.nysed.gov for further instructions.

General Requirements

Any use of the title "Architect" within New York State requires licensure. To use that license to practice, you must also be registered in New York State.

To be licensed as an architect in New York State you must:

  • be of good moral character
  • be at least 21 years of age;
  • meet education requirements;
  • meet experience requirements; and
  • meet examination requirements.

You must submit an Application for Licensure (Form 1) along with the appropriate fee for licensure and first registration to the Office of the Professions at the address specified. You must also have any other indicated forms submitted to the Office of the Professions at the address specified on each form. It is your responsibility to follow up with anyone you have asked to send us material.

The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Title 8, Article 147, Section 7304 of New York's Education Law and Part 69 of the Commissioner's Regulations.

You should also read the general licensing information applicable for all professions.


Fees

The fee depends on which approach you select:

Approach Licensure Fee
Licensure via NCARB licensing examination; Endorsement of a license in another jurisdiction or NCARB certification $377
Ten years of lawful practice as Principal in your own architecture firm, without having attempted an NCARB examination $587
Limited permit to work on a specific project in New York if you do not have an established business or are not a resident of the state $347

Fees are subject to change. The fee due is the one in law when your application is received (unless fees are increased retroactively). You will be billed for the difference if fees have been increased.

  • Do not send cash.
  • Make your personal check or money order payable to the New York State Education Department. Your cancelled check is your receipt.
  • Mail your application and fee to:

    NYS Education Department
    Office of the Professions
    PO Box 22063
    Albany, New York 12201

NOTE: Payment submitted from outside the United States should be made by check or draft on a United States bank and in United States currency; payments submitted in any other form will not be accepted and will be returned.

Partial Refunds

Individuals who withdraw their licensure application may be entitled to a partial refund.

  • For the procedure to withdraw your application, contact the Architecture Unit by e-mailing opunit1@mail.nysed.gov or by calling 518-474-3817 ext. 250 or by faxing 518-402-5354.
  • The State Education Department is not responsible for any fees paid to an outside testing or credentials verification agency.

If you withdraw your application, obtain a refund, and then decide to seek New York State licensure at a later date, you will be considered a new applicant, and you will be required to pay the licensure and registration fees and meet the licensure requirements in place at the time you reapply.


Education Requirements

Eligibility for licensure is based on a combination of education and experience for which units of credit are awarded. The credit awarded for education determines the required number of units of experience, where one unit of experience is equal to one year. Your combination of education and experience must total at least 12 units, as determined by the Department.

Units assigned to each educational category below are the maximum which the Department may grant. After evaluating the degree or courses successfully completed, the Department may grant fewer units. With the exception of Categories E and F, credit in the different categories may not be combined; the highest professional education level attained determines the credit. Category E may be combined with categories other than A if determined applicable by the Department; Category F may only be combined with Category A if an applicant has both a Bachelor of Architecture from an NAAB-accredited program and a Master of Architecture degree.

Category A:
First professional degree from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
Maximum credit granted: 9 units
Category B:
First professional degree from a program not NAAB-accredited
Maximum credit granted: 8 units
Category C:
Partial completion of an NAAB-accredited program: 2 units of credit for each year completed (up to a maximum of 7 credits)

A four year preprofessional degree in architecture (note: not all programs qualify; the program must meet certain criteria as determined by the Department) or the foreign equivalent
Maximum credits granted: 7 units

If full curriculum of an NAAB-accredited program was completed but no degree was granted, a maximum of 8 units may be allowed.

Note: In this and following categories, "one year" means the equivalent of one academic year's full-time attendance.
 
Category D:
A degree or postsecondary coursework in an architecturally-related profession
Maximum credit granted: 5 units
 
Category E:
Master's degree in an architecturally-related profession following the award of a degree from a non-NAAB-accredited program, depending on the category of the first degree
Maximum Credit Granted: 1 unit
 
Category F:
Second professional degree in architecture
Maximum credit granted: 1 unit
 
Category G:
A degree or postsecondary coursework in a subject unrelated to architecture
Maximum credit granted: 2 units
 
Category H:
A degree or postsecondary coursework in an architecturally-related technical program
Maximum credit granted: 4 units
 

Please Note: The State Education Department and State Board for Architecture do not award any credit for educational programs leading to a degree in "Interior Architecture".


Experience Requirements

Please Note: New York State has certain experience requirements that differ from NCARB. It is your responsibility to read and understand New York's experience requirements.

Documentation of completion of the Intern Development Program (IDP) is required as part of the experience component. The professional degree is NOT required. Please note that if you have not graduated from an NAAB accredited program, the State Board is no longer setting IDP eligibility dates as of May 31, 2011. You must apply directly to NCARB in order to begin your NCARB Council Record.

Applicants seeking licensure in New York State through endorsement must also complete the IDP training criteria if the date of initial licensure is on or after September 1, 1999.

Experience obtained concurrent with full-time education, including vacation time, nights, and weekends, will not be considered for credit. However, some credit may be awarded if the time taken to complete the program was extended because you were working at a job which meets the descriptions in categories I and J below.

All experience must be of a scope and nature satisfactory to the Board. The Board determines the amount of credit to be awarded. In determining credit for experience gained in Category J, the quality and nature of experience will be compared to that gained in an architectural office engaged in diversified practice and any experience gained must be lawful. The Board will award prorated credit for part-time work.

Please Note: Experience obtained in any work setting as a consultant or contract worker is generally not given any credit towards the experience requirement for licensure in New York State. If you have experience as a consultant or contract worker, please have your supervisor submit a letter to the State Board for Architecture outlining your role and responsibilities on projects and how the experience gained was lawful in nature.

Category I:
One unit of credit for each year of diversified experience in appropriate architectural work under the direct supervision of a lawfully practicing architect

Maximum credit granted: 12 units. If your experience to be considered in Category I occurred while working for an architectural firm located in New York or for an out of state entity offering architectural services in New York, please be advised that only certain entities that have current filings may lawfully offer architectural services in New York. These include:

  • Sole proprietorship, where the sole proprietor is a registered architect in New York
  • Professional partnership, where all Partners are registered architects in New York
  • Professional Service Corporation (PC)
  • Design Professional Service Corporation (DPC)
  • Professional Service Limited Liability Company (PLLC)
  • Registered Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
  • Grandfathered Corporation

With few exceptions, these are the only entities authorized to provide, or offer to provide, architectural services in New York. General Business Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Professional Associations (PA), and Limited Companies (LTD) are not permitted to offer architectural services in New York. Please see this document for more detail on permissible corporate entities.

Notes:

  • For applicants in Category A, a total of at least eight years of education and experience is required in order to obtain 12 units of credit.
  • Applicants with credit in Categories A and F must document at least two units of experience in Category I.
  • Applicants in Category C must have at least four units of experience in Category I.
  • Applicants in Categories D, G, and H must have the majority of experience in Category I.

Category J:
One unit of credit for each year of diversified experience in appropriate work related to architecture
Maximum credit granted: 5 units

This may include work in the following:

  • an engineer's office
  • a government agency related to architectural practice
  • a contractor's office (or field)
  • a related design discipline, e.g., landscape architecture
  • teaching required courses in an NAAB-accredited architectural program (credit is based on the proportion of a full teaching load).
  • conducting or participating in structured research on architectural problems, culminating in a report, subject to Board approval. Supplementary documentation required.

Examination Requirements

Changes to Part 69.2
The New York State Board of Regents approved regulatory changes to Part 69.2 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, effective November 10, 2010, regarding the retention of credit for Architect Registration Examination (ARE) divisions passed prior to January 1, 2006. Those applicants who have passed a division of the ARE prior to January 1, 2006 retain credit for that examination division up to and including June 30, 2014. After June 30, 2014, candidates will lose credit for examination divisions passed prior to January 1, 2006. This portion of the regulatory change does not impact the current five year rolling clock for ARE divisions passed on or after January 1, 2006. Click here to view the amended Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, Part 69.2.

Architectural interns may begin taking the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) if an intern has received a degree (Bachelor of Architecture or Master of Architecture) from a National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited program, OR has a combination of education and experience equaling a degree from a NAAB accredited program totaling 9 of the 12 required units for licensure.

Please note that the documentation supplied to the State Education Department for the purpose of early admission to the ARE may be unofficial or in summary form. The Department will make final determinations related to the granting of an architectural license upon submission of official documentation, including, but not limited to, education, experience, and examination documentation.

NCARB also requires that a candidate has begun a Council Record prior to being admitted to the ARE.

For candidates WITH a degree from an NAAB accredited program (BArch or MArch only)

Candidates must submit a New York State Application for Licensure (Form 1) and the appropriate fee for licensure and first registration to the New York State Education Department. Please indicate on your Form 1 that you wish to take the ARE concurrent with IDP.

Additionally, candidates must have begun a Council Record with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and request that NCARB transmit a Record Summary Report to the New York State Board for Architecture. To begin a Council Record, visit NCARBs' Web site at www.ncarb.org/ External Link Icon.

For candidates WITHOUT a degree from an NAAB accredited program, AND who have attended a US college/university

  • If you graduated, please see the following:

    If an intern does not have a degree from a NAAB accredited program, graduated from a US college/university, and would like to begin taking the ARE concurrent with the IDP, submit a Application for Licensure (Form 1) and the appropriate fee for licensure and first registration to the New York State Education Department. Please indicate on your Form 1 that you wish to take the ARE concurrent with IDP.

    Additionally, candidates must have begun a Council Record with NCARB and request that NCARB transmit a Record Summary Report to the New York State Board for Architecture. To begin a Council Record, visit NCARBs' Web site at www.ncarb.org/ External Link Icon.

    Finally, candidates will have to document acceptable supervised experience following their education. The amount of experience required is dependent upon the nature of the education. Candidates should have their supervisor submit a fully executed Applicant Experience Form (Form 4) for each period of experience they wish the Board to consider. Please note that a certain proportion of the overall experience required must have been obtained under the direct supervision of a lawfully practicing architect in a diversified setting.

  • If you DID NOT graduate, please see the following:

    If an intern does not have a degree from a NAAB accredited program, ATTENDED BUT DID NOT graduate from a US college/university, and would like to begin taking the ARE concurrent with the IDP, submit an Application for Licensure (Form 1) and the appropriate fee for licensure and first registration to the New York State Education Department. Please indicate on your Form 1 that you wish to take the ARE concurrent with IDP.

    Additionally, candidates must have begun a Council Record with NCARB and request that NCARB transmit a Record Summary Report to the New York State Board for Architecture. To begin a Council Record, visit NCARBs' Web site at www.ncarb.org/ External Link Icon.

    Candidates must submit a transcript for an informal and preliminary review of their educational credentials in order to determine their eligibility for the ARE. Please note that this review is not official, and is only to establish a candidate's entry to the ARE.

    Finally, candidates will have to document acceptable supervised experience following their education. The amount of experience required is dependent upon the nature of the education. Candidates should have their supervisor submit a fully executed Applicant Experience Form (Form 4) for each period of experience they wish the Board to consider. Please note that a certain proportion of the overall experience required must have been obtained under the direct supervision of a lawfully practicing architect in a diversified setting.

For candidates WITHOUT a degree from an NAAB accredited program, AND who have graduated from a FOREIGN college/university

Please Note: New York State performs its own evaluation of foreign educated candidates through its Bureau of Comparative Education. New York State does not require, nor does it accept, an EESA Evaluation.

If an intern does not have a degree from a NAAB accredited program, graduated from a foreign college/university, and would like to begin taking the ARE concurrent with the IDP, submit an Application for Licensure (Form 1) and the appropriate fee for licensure and first registration to the New York State Education Department. Please indicate on your Form 1 that you wish to take the ARE concurrent with IDP.

Additionally, candidates must have begun a Council Record with NCARB and request that NCARB transmit a Record Summary Report to the New York State Board for Architecture. To begin a Council Record, visit NCARBs' Web site at www.ncarb.org/External Link Icon.

Non-US candidates must submit a transcript, diploma, and translated copies of both for an informal and preliminary review of their educational credentials in order to determine their eligibility for the ARE. Please note that this review is not official, and is only to establish a candidate's entry to the ARE. Foreign candidates will undergo a formal review by the Department's Bureau of Comparative Education at a later date. All foreign candidates are encouraged to begin the process of education review with our Bureau of Comparative Education as soon as possible.

Finally, candidates will have to document acceptable supervised experience following their education. The amount of experience required is dependent upon the nature of the education. Candidates should have their supervisor submit a fully executed Applicant Experience Form (Form 4) for each period of experience they wish the Board to consider. Please note that a certain proportion of the overall experience required must have been obtained under the direct supervision of a lawfully practicing architect in a diversified setting.

The New York State Education Department determines your eligibility based on the education and experience guidelines listed above. You will be notified in writing of your eligibility by the State Board for Architecture. If eligible, the company that administers the examination will be notified and you should receive a package of information from them which will enable you to schedule the various divisions of the examination. If not eligible, you will be notified as to the outstanding requirements.

You do not have to schedule all divisions of the examination at the same time. You will pay for the divisions you wish to attempt at the time you schedule them.

For information on current examination fees contact NCARB at:

NCARB
Suite 700K
1801 K. Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
Phone 202-783-6500
Fax 202-783-0290
E-Mail customerservice@ncarb.org
Web www.ncarb.org External Link Icon

The State Board will notify you of the exam results. If you fail a division, you must wait six months before attempting it again. NCARB will automatically notify you when you are again eligible to take that division.

Reasonable Testing Accommodations

If you have a disability and may require reasonable testing accommodations for the examination, mark the appropriate box in item 16 of the Application for Licensure Form (Form 1) to indicate whether you:

  • need the Request for Reasonable Testing Accommodations form
  • have already received a Request for Reasonable Testing Accommodations form from the Office of the Professions
  • have already sent in your Request for Reasonable Testing Accommodations form and required supporting documentation to the Office of the Professions

Approval of your request for reasonable testing accommodations is a joint process between the Office of the Professions and NCARB, and the timely submission of your supporting documentation will help to avoid delays in the review of your request.

If you have the Request for Reasonable Testing Accommodations form and the appropriate supporting documentation, send it directly to:

The Office of the Professions
Bureau of Professional Examinations
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000.

Documentation for reasonable accommodations usually includes a letter from an appropriate health care provider who has diagnosed and/or treated you, indicating the nature and extent of the disability, the proposed accommodations, the rationale behind the reasonable accommodations, and, if applicable, the types of accommodations made for you in the past. For more information regarding reasonable accommodations, contact the Bureau of Professional Examinations at opexams@mail.nysed.gov or call 518-474-3817 ext. 290 or fax 518-473-8577.


Documentation Required for Licensure or Limited Permit (Based on Approach)

All applicants must submit Form 1 - Application for Licensure (Form 1) and the appropriate fee for licensure and first registration.

The following forms must also be submitted if:

  1. You are not licensed and have taken the ARE:
    • Upon successful completion of the IDP, have NCARB submit your IDP Council Record for evaluation by the New York State Board for Architecture.
    Additionally, the following forms may be required:
    • Form 2 - Certification of Professional Education -required for all foreign education and may be required for others
    • Form 3 - Verification of Out-of-State Licensure, Registration and/or Examination - ONLY if any divisions of the exam were passed in some other jurisdiction
    • Form 4 - Applicant Experience Record, so that a determination can be made if the education/experience requirements for licensure have been met

    OR

  2. You are licensed in another jurisdiction and meet the endorsement requirements:
    • Form 2 - Certification of Professional Education
    • Form 3 - Verification of Out-of-State Licensure, Registration and/or Examination
    • Form 4 - Applicant Experience Record (if an NCARB Council Record will not be submitted)
    • IDP Council Record (if licensed initially on or after 9/1/99)
    • 3 letters of reference, 1 each from 3 currently licensed and registered architects, attesting to the fact that you've been lawfully practicing as an architect for at least 5 of the past 7 years - ONLY if you passed just the Professional Examination in use before 1983. Please make sure that the 3 architects specify this language in their letter.

    OR

  3. You have NCARB Certification (licensed in another jurisdiction):
    • Contact NCARB directly at 202-783-6500 or www.ncarb.org and request that your Council Record be sent to the New York State Board for Architecture
    • Form 2 - Certification of Professional Education (only if you are foreign educated without a professional degree from an NAAB accredited program)

    OR

  4. You have 10 Years of Lawful Practice:
    • 3 letters of reference - one each from 3 architects substantiating lawful practice outside of New York for the required minimum of 10 years as a Principal of your own firm
    • Form 3 - Verification of Out-of-State Licensure, Registration and/or Examination - For certification from the initial licensing authority
    If eligible, a practical examination is required.

    OR

  5. You are applying for a Limited Permit:
    • 3 letters of reference - one each from 3 architects substantiating lawful practice
    • Form 3 - Verification of Out-of-State Licensure, Registration and/or Examination - For certification from the licensing authority
    • Specific description of the project including:
      • scope
      • approximate size
      • location, including address
      • name and address of client
Last Updated: July 1, 2014