When I first was appointed to the South Carolina Board of Architectural Examiners in early 2009, I did not fully understand the relationship between NCARB, our State Boards and our Profession. Maybe I was lazy but I just never took the time to “connect the dots”. I always thought of NCARB as a necessary evil toward achieving reciprocity between our States, and still remember the long, laborious process I endured pursuing certification in the late 80’s.
Let me try and “connect the dots” for you. NCARB, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, was formed around 1920. This clearing house was the result of our predecessors searching for a solution to the dilemma faced every time a registered architect wanted to become registered in another state. It seemed that it was more and more difficult for each state to evaluate the requirements of every other state and it was difficult to assess whether each state was welcoming architects from other states. NCARB was formed as a non-profit organization, with membership comprised of Registration Boards of our 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The only members of NCARB are the legally constituted registration boards. Only the member boards formulate the rules and policies of NCARB and elect the officers.
- Developing educational standards which may be adopted by the Member Boards as the standards to be required of registration candidates
- Development of an Intern Development Program (IDP) which has been adopted by Member Boards as the Internship Standard of candidates for registration. South Carolina currently has 435 active records in an intern status
- Development of the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE) used by all Member Boards to test architectural interns to practice architecture independently
- Recommending standards for professional conduct for registered architects which are widely adopted by the Member Boards and often find their way into our registration statutes
- Developing legislative guidelines for use by Member Boards in revising their statutes to strengthen the protection of the public interest through better laws