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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


NCARB to Launch ARE® 5.0 November 1

The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) version 5.0 will launch 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 Guide (PDF)

ARE 5.0 Handbook (PDF)

ARE 5.0 Information on NCARB Website


License Renewals Were Due June 30

Renewal information (including late fee information) is available on the website under "Licensees."

Licensees (Renewals)

You can also consult the links below for additional information.

Who-What-How Renew (PDF)

Selecting Ethics PDH Courses (PDF)

Carryover & Other PDH Questions

Online Renewal & Other Renewal FAQs


Restructured Architectural Experience Program (AXP) Launched June 29

On June 29, 2016, the Intern Development Program (IDP) was updated to reflect six broad areas of current architectural practice and renamed the Architectural Experience Program (AXP). NCARB has developed tools and information to help those already gaining experience as they navigate the transition to the new program:

Experience Area Map

IDP Experience Calculator

Blog Posts on AXP

If you didn't complete the IDP by June 29, you’ll be automatically transitioned into the new AXP. All the required hours you’ve already reported will be allocated to one of the six new areas.


Spring Edition of The Communicator Newsletter Now Available

download the spring issue of The Communicator

The Board's newsletter has been mailed to all licensees/certificate holders at the address on file with the Board. A copy is also available for download as a PDF from the Board website.

The Communicator Newsletter Spring Edition


NCEES Creates Video on Engineering Competency Model

NCEES, through a grant from the United Engineering Foundation, has created the following video to promote the recently developed US Department of Labor Engineering Competency Model (see button below).

You can also find more about the model at the US Department of Labor's "Career One Stop" website: http://bit.ly/1mTA0pj.



ARE 4.0 to 5.0 Conversion Calculator Available

NCARB has developed a calculator tool to help those in process with their testing under ARE 4.0 see how those credits will transfer once ARE 5.0 is implemented in 2016.

ARE Calculator


Updates from the National Councils