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2017 NCEES Exam Specifications Now Available

Updated design specifications and design standards have been posted on the NCEES web site. Please note that if you are taking either the PE Civil or PE Mechanical exam, you will be asked to select an afternoon module when you apply.


CLARB to Update LARE Exam in April 2017

The Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) has announced revisions to the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE) effective April 2017. Among the changes to the exam will be new content focusing on maintenance, historical preservation, performance metrics and specialty plans. These updates will align the exam with current practice.

This update will have no negative impact on candidates who have already successfully completed sections of the exam. All exam sections, through the December 2016 administration, will remain equivalent to the exam sections that will be administered in April 2017.

LARE Change FAQs

April 2017 Exam Blueprints (PDF)


Online Renewals Are Closed

The online renewal system has closed. If you still need to renew or have questions regarding reinstatement, see the link below.



NCARB Launches ARE® 5.0

The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) version 5.0 launched November 1. NCARB has created several resources to explain the new version and how the transition from 4.0 to 5.0 will work:

ARE 5.0 Overview (PDF)

ARE 5.0 Handbook (PDF)

ARE 5.0 Guidelines (PDF)

ARE 5.0 Information on NCARB Website


New Test Center Security Measures for ARE Examinees

Starting immediately, Prometric test centers in the U.S. are instituting additional test security measures that include the inspection of eyeglasses, jewelry, and other accessories. Here's what examinees arriving to take the Architect Registration Examination can expect:

  • All candidates will be required to remove their eyeglasses for visual inspection by a Test Center Administrator (TCA). These brief inspections will occur during initial check-in and upon return from breaks.
  • Most types of jewelry are prohibited, with the exception of wedding or engagement rings. Candidates should avoid bringing watches, necklaces, bracelets, or earrings to the test center.
  • Other accessories are subject to inspection, such as headbands, hair clips, ties, cufflinks, or scarves. Please note: religious and medical head coverings are permitted.
Anyone with questions regarding the types of accessories subject to inspection, should contact Prometric directly:

Contact Prometric


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