Information for the License:

Licensed Architect

Licensing Agency:

Agency or Department Name:  Department of Consumer Affairs
Board or Council Name:  California Architects Board
Division Name:
Telephone:  (916) 574-7220
Agency Web Address:

License Description:
     (Always confirm this information with the licensing agency.)

Application for Eligibility Evaluation: $100;
National Council of Registration Boards' (NCARB) Architect Registration Examination (ARE): $210–$310 per division - 7 divisions;
NCARB ARE Rescheduling: $60–$80;
California Supplemental Examination (CSE): $100;
License: $300 every 2 years.

Examination Frequency—
ARE: By computer, Monday–Saturday at most locations
CSE: By computer, Monday–Saturday, excluding holidays

Exam Locations—
ARE: Approximately 20 locations throughout California, as well as locations across U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico, and Canada
CSE: 17 locations in California and 22 locations across U.S.

Experience Requirements—
ARE: 5 years of education equivalents and/or work experience. Work experience must be under the direct supervision of architect.
CSE: 5 years of education equivalents and 3 years architectural practice experience equivalents for 8 years total experience equivalents as evaluated by Board. Completion of NCARB ARE and Intern Development Program required.

Successful completion of CSE and its preceding requirements

Average Time to Process Application: 1 month for Application for Eligibility Evaluation

Renewal Period: Biennial-odd years

Special License Requirements: Compliance with local license requirements and U.S. and state tax requirements. SSN or ITIN is required.