The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has launched the first phase of its revised certification path for architects without a degree from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board.

Through this alternative, architects licensed in a U.S. jurisdiction who hold an architecture-related degree can satisfy the Certificate’s education requirement by documenting two times the Architectural Experience Program’s TM requirements (7,480 hours). A separate certification option for U.S. architects without an architecture-related degree will launch in spring.

These education alternatives replace the Broadly Experienced Architect Program, which cost $5,000 plus transcript review fees. These revised paths will lead to a shorter evaluation process, and will be offered at no additional charge to active NCARB Record holders.

U.S. architects interested in earning an NCARB Certificate through this path must meet have at least three years of continuous licensure in any U.S. jurisdiction without disciplinary action and hold a bachelor’s degree in an architecture-related program.

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