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Frequently asked Examination Questions

Q. What are the requirements to become eligible to take the Architect Registration Examination?

A. ARE EARLY ENTRY 

South Carolina law changed in June 2008 to allow interns to begin taking the ARE before completing IDP.   
The law now allows interns who have completed an accredited degree, who are enrolled in IDP and are actively participating in IDP, and who are employed by an architectural firm to begin taking the ARE. The law still requires completion of IDP prior to licensure.  Section 40-3-240 (C)

TO SIT FOR THE EXAMINATION, you must have:

  • Completed a professional architecture degree from a college or university accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) or the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB)
  • Established an NCARB Record and be actively participating in IDP or have completed IDP 
  • If you have met NCARB's and S.C.'s Education Requirement and have established a Council Record, you should go to the "Ready to take the ARE?" portion of NCARB's website http://www.ncarb.org/are/areready.html to start the testing process

NCARB WILL......

  • Notify the examination administrator (Prometric) that you are eligible to sit for the examination.
  • Send your exam score reports to you
  • Continue to evaluate and record your Training Units under IDP

PROMETRIC WILL..... 

  • Notify you about procedures for scheduling the examination.  Fees for the examination are paid directly to Prometric
  • Send your exam scores to NCARB
  • Accept address changes

ONCE YOU HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED ALL SECTIONS OF THE EXAMINATION AND IDP: 
YOU WILL…..

  • Authorize NCARB to transmit your Record to the South Carolina Board

NCARB WILL.....

  • Notify the Board office that you are eligible for registration.
  • Send your entire NCARB Record to the S.C. Board

THE BOARD WILL.....

  • Notify you of the forms and fees necessary to complete licensure here.
  • Review your application and Record at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting
  • If approved, issue your license

Exam candidates will no longer apply to the South Carolina Board to be admitted to the ARE. 

In October 2008, the South Carolina Board adopted NCARB's Direct Registration program which allows exam candidates who meet South Carolina requirements to apply directly to NCARB to begin taking the ARE.

NCARB Direct Registration:  You will work directly with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) during the Intern Development Program (IDP) training and completion of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE).  Your Council Record will be sent to the S.C. Board (or another Board of your choosing) upon your successful completion of all divisions of the ARE and the IDP.  Upon receipt, we will send you instructions about the forms and fees required to complete the process of becoming licensed here.

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