California Occupational License
Department of Consumer Affairs
Architects (Architectural Practice)
California Architects Board
Licensing Agency Contact Information:
License Requirements, Fees, and Examination Information:
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Sacramento, CA 95834
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Fees: Application for Eligibility Evaluation: $100; National Architect Registration Examination (ARE): $210 per division - seven divisions; California Supplemental Exam (CSE): $100; License: $300 every two years.
Occupations To Which This License Applies:
Examination Frequency: ARE: by computer, Monday-Saturday at most locations;
CSE: by computer, Monday-Saturday.
Exam Locations: ARE: approximately 20 locations throughout California, as well as locations across the U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico, and in Canada; CSE: 13 locations throughout California and 10 locations across the U.S.
Experience Requirements: ARE: five years of educational and/or work experience equivalents. Work experience must be under the direct supervision of architect;
CSE: eight years of educational and work experience equivalents, completion of the ARE, completion of a structured internship requirement.
Licensure: successful completion of the CSE and its preceding requirements.
Average Time to Process Application: One 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.
Exceptions for license are listed in BPC section 5537 which summarized are: 1) single family woodframe construction not more than two stories and basement in height; 2) multiple dwellings containing not more than four dwelling units of woodframe construction not more than two stories and basement in height. No more than four dwelling units per lot; 3) garages or other structures appurtenant to single-family dwelling, of woodframe construction not more than two stories and basement in height; 4) agricultural and ranch buildings of woodframe construction, etc.
Authority: Business and Professions Code (BPC), Sections 5500-5610.7.
California Code of Regulations, Title 16, Chapter 2, Sections 100-160.
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|Architects, Except Landscape and Naval ||171011 |