Architecture

Get Licensed in Minnesota

Seeking initial licensure as an architect?
Find below information on the education, examination, experience requirements, as well as application details and forms.

Already licensed in another state?
See the sidebar "Licensure by Comity (Reciprocal Licensure)."

For general application information relevant to all professions, see Get Licensed.

Initial Licensure

Education Overview

Applicants must be graduates of an architectural curriculum accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Find an NAAB Accredited Degree Program

If your degree is a) not NAAB-accredited or b) from a foreign institution, you must have Education Evaluation Services for Architects (EESA), a fee-based service available from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), evalute your education to determine if it meets licensure requirements.

For details on all the above, see the application for the exam (below) or MN Rule 1800.1000 Subp. 5.

 

Experience Overview

Applicants must successfully complete the experience defined in NCARB's Architectural Experience Program (AXP) before they can be licensed. The program consists of 3,740 hours spread over six experience areas. You will need to create an NCARB Record and specify Minnesota as your jurisdiction.

About Creating an NCARB Record

 

Examination Overview

Applicants must pass all required divisions of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). The exam is administered by the NCARB; but before you can register with NCARB, you must first be approved by the Board to sit for the exam.

A single application to the Board allows you to sit once for each division of the exam. If you fail one or more divisions, you will need to apply again to the Board to sit for the failed division(s).

Examination Application Form

The application packet provides a wealth of information regarding the application process, including links to Minnesota Rules and relevant associated websites (such as NCARB). We encourage you to thoroughly review the instructions and the forms.

Architect Registration Examination (ARE®) Application

 

Application Deadlines

NCARB offers the ARE year-round and so there is no deadline for your application to the Board.

Note, however, that applications are reviewed at Board meetings, which occur approximately eight times per year (see calendar). Also, testing reservations through NCARB are on a first-come, first-served basis and are restricted by seat availability at each test center. You must schedule your appointment a minimum of three business days in advance of the test date.

 

Examination Costs

In addition to an application fee, which is listed on the application form, applicants must pay an examination fee to NCARB.

Exam Board Appli­cation Fee Exam Fee
ARE $75 Paid to/set by NCARB

 

Next Steps After the Exam

Need to Retake One or More Divisions of the Exam?

See the application form for how to reapply.

 

Passed the ARE?

The Board will officially notify you by mail once you pass all sections of the ARE. You will be instructed how to apply for your license. The license fee is $120.

Note: You are not licensed and cannot practice or hold out as licensed until the Board processes your license.

Regardless of when obtained, your license will expire on June 30th of the next even-numbered year (for example, June 30, 2018).

 

Additional Resources

 

Professional News

NCARB Publishes 2016 Annual Report
Architect Registration Examination (ARE) 5.0 Launched November 1, 2016

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