Architect Registration Examination (ARE)
The Architect Registration Exam (ARE) assesses candidates for their knowledge, skills, and ability to provide the various services required in the practice of architecture. The ARE is the only examination prepared by NCARB and has been adopted for use by all 54 U.S. member boards and the Canadian architectural assocations as the registration examination required of all candidates for architectural registration.
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Important ARE News
The South Carolina Legislature approved changes to the architecture statute in June 2008 that will allow candidates to begin taking the ARE prior to completion of IDP. There are two requirements: (1) you must have completed an accredited degree in architecture and (2) you must be enrolled in IDP. For the Board to approve you to start the ARE, they will need a transcript showing the completion of the degree, written documentation from NCARB that you are enrolled in IDP, and an application from you for licensure by exam. For more information regarding sitting for the ARE, please contact the South Carolina State Board of Architectural Examiners.
ARE 4.0 was launched in July 2008. However, to ease transitioning, there will be a one-year period where both ARE 3.1 and ARE 4.0 will be administered.
Candidates currently taking the ARE should take advantage of this extra year to complete the ARE 3.1 and avoid converting to ARE 4.0 Doing so may eliminate the need to repeat previously passed portions of the exam.