Path to Licensure

Before you can call yourself an architect, you have to earn a license by completing your state’s specific requirements. Each of the 54 U.S. licensing boards sets requirements for licensure in their jurisdiction, but they all include three core components: education, experience, and examination.*


Earn an architecture degree from a NAAN-accredited program. A Master of Architecture from Kent State University* satisfies this requirement.


Experience is obtained by working under a registered architect. The Architectural Experience Program (AxP)* is used to document your hours. Experience can be documented prior to graduation. Contact your Architect Licencing Advisor* for assistance.


Completion of the Architecture Registration Exam (ARE) is required prior to receiving an Architecture License. State-specific licensing requirements can be found here.


Your NCARB Record is a detailed, verified account of your education, experience, and examination history. You’ll need a Record to report AXP experience, start the ARE, or apply for an NCARB Certificate.*

Visit Start the AxP for experience requirements and support in establishing an NCARB Record.  Once the record is established, you are required to maintain it for a yearly fee. The State of Ohio will reimburse for the first year. The State of Ohio reimbursement form can be found here and can be submitted at the time immediately upon establishing an NCARB record.

You must be working under a licensed architect to get credit for your hours. You should confirm with your employer that they are willing and capable of signing off on experience hours.

Complete AXP guidelines can be found here.