- Be at least 18 years of age or the equivalent of a graduate from high school;
- Five years of architectural educational experience or the equivalent as specified in the Board’s regulations;
- Architectural Experience Program (AXP) or the Canadian Provincial Internship in Architecture Program (IAP);
- All divisions of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) and California Supplemental Examination (CSE).
The Architect Registration Examination (ARE), developed by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), is the national computerized architectural licensing examination that consists of multiple divisions. The ARE assesses a candidate’s knowledge and skills to provide various services required in the practice of architecture. No single examination can test for competency in all aspects of architectural practice; the ARE is not intended for that purpose. The ARE concentrates on the professional services that affect the public's health, safety, and welfare. The ARE 5.0 consists of the following five exams: Practice Management, Project Management Programming & Analysis, Project Planning & Design, Project Development & Documentation, and Construction & Evaluation.
Annual AIASF ARE Pact Program
"Now I'm a full licensed architect! Thanks to the ARE Pact and the AIA."
- 2017 ARE Pact participant
"It got me started on the path."
“Compared to my friend in other cities that have taken up to five years to pass them all, this had given me amazing momentum.”
– 2017 ARE Pact participant
AIASF’s ARE Pact program offers the perfect incentive to get licensed: take all exams required by NCARB for licensure within 12 months and you will receive a full refund of your $1,000 enrollment fee.
Enrollment in the Program Includes
- A peer study group assigned by AIASF;
- A team leader and coach assigned to your group;
- Free admission to monthly class sessions;
- Study materials for the group and more to assist you in successfully passing the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®).
In addition to the Architect Registration Examination (ARE), the California Architects Board (CAB) requires the California Supplemental Examination (CSE) for licensure. The CSE ensures that candidates are able to demonstrate minimum standards of competency and necessary architectural knowledge and skills to respond to the unique requirements and conditions in California.
Candidates are required to demonstrate entry-level competence in the areas outlined in the CSE Test Plan. A competent entry-level architect is able to perform the responsibilities incumbent upon themselves in providing professional architectural services to the public. Additionally, a competent entry-level architect must understand the integration of architectural practice and the architect’s responsibilities as they relate to practice in California.
Upcoming AIASF CSE Review Classes
When AIA San Francisco has scheduled upcoming CSE review class sessions, details will be posted here.