Architect Registration Exam (ARE)
The 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 examines candidates' knowledge, skills, and ability to provide the various services required in the design and construction of buildings. The exam consists of 7 divisions (click on each division for more detailed information):
For sample questions on each division, click here.
California Supplemental Exam (CSE)
The CAB requires an oral supplemental examination to become licensed as an architect and to ensure that candidates have the necessary architectural knowledge and skills to respond to the unique conditions present in California. Before taking the CSE, candidates must provide verification of the following:
- 8 years of post-secondary education and/or work experience as evaluated by the CAB; including at least 1 year of work experience under the direct supervision of an architect licensed in the U.S., or at least 2 years of experience under the direct supervision of an architect registered in a Canadian province
- Completion of the CAB's Comprehensive Intern Development Program (CIDP) and the NCARB's Intern Development Program (IDP) (if applicable)
- Successful completion of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE)
The CSE is a structured oral exam that lasts approximately 1.5 hours. The exam is based on a hypothetical project and includes graphic and written documents that candidates have the opportunity to review prior to - and have access to during - the CSE. The project description and graphics provide a focus for the examination questions and establish a context for candidate responses. For more information regarding the exam, its requirements, and signing up, click here.
Please note that the CSE is expected to change in 2011 to a multiple choice format.
AIASCV ARE Workshops
The AIA Santa Clara Valley invites you to attend the next in a series of preparation workshops for the Architect Registration Exam (ARE).
Sponsored by the Emerging Professionals Committee, these compressed information sessions are designed to complement additional preparation through individual or group studying. For further information contact email@example.com
ARE Study Groups
ARE Study Groups are meeting regularly and are always looking for additional members.
For more information, please refer to the ARE Study Google Group, http://groups.google.com/group/studyARE or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, check out our calendar for upcoming ARE events.
For more details on licensure, download the Path to Licensure.
Candidates for the ARE may apply for eligibility evaluation at any time they believe they have met the requirements. See the requirements below:
Study Library - A study center is available at the AIASCV office. The library includes a new donated set of Kaplan ARE 4.0 study materials (courtesy of Kaplan) as well as many other ARE study materials. Our books and resources can be used free of charge and AIASCV members can check out materials for one week at a time. Feel free to stop by the AIASCV office, located in downtown San Jose, between 9 and 4pm.
For more study material and aids, take a look at the following links: