NCARB Fees

Note: All fees are subject to change, and are non-refundable unless otherwise noted.

Intern Development Program (IDP)

Intern Application Fee: $350
This fee keeps your Record active for the first three years and includes one free transmittal of your Record for initial registration.

Student or Recent Graduate (within 6 months): $100 to start + $250 later
If you are a student or have graduated within six months of when you establish an NCARB Record, you may split the application fee into two payments. You may pay $100 when you establish your Record. The balance of $250 will be due when you are ready to have your Record transmitted to a jurisdiction or when you request an Authorization to Test for the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®).

Intern Annual Renewal Fee: $75
There is an annual renewal fee assessed after the first three years. It costs $75 each year to maintain an active Record until you become registered.

Please note: If your Record remains continuously active until you receive your initial license, NCARB will waive the Certificate Application Fee of $1,500 (below). In addition, your Certificate Renewal Fee will be half price for the first three years.Learn the benefits of keeping your Record active.

If you have let your Record lapse for any amount of time as an intern and wish to reactivate your Record as an intern, you will be subject to the $75 annual renewal fee for each year or fraction of a year from the date your Record expired, up to a maximum of $425 (equivalent to the $350 Intern Application Fee + a $75 Intern Annual Renewal Fee).

Architect Registration Examination (ARE)

Attention Candidates: My Examination launched in September 2013. [Learn More]

Each Division:
United States and Canada: $210
International Test Centers (London, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong): $310

Rescheduling Fee: $60-80
In the event that you need to reschedule an exam division, a $60-80 rescheduling fee will apply. Rescheduling an existing appointment must take place no later than 12:00 noon ET (Eastern Time) on the third business day prior to the candidate's scheduled appointment. Please note that Saturday and Sunday are not considered business days.

  • 0-3 business days before appointment: Rescheduling not permitted
  • 4-15 business days (by 12 Noon ET) before appointment: $80
  • 16 or more business days (by 12 Noon ET) before the appointment: $60

Cloud-based ARE Practice Programs: $10
The Council has launced a cloud-based service in My NCARB that will allow those with 64-bit Windows operating systems and Macs to access the practice programs. The service offers easy, affordable, and unlimited online access to the practice programs for one year. In addition to the paid service, the practice programs remain available for FREE download—see the Preparing for the ARE section for more information.

NCARB Certification

Certificate Application Fee: $1,500
This fee covers one year of NCARB services to compile your NCARB Record and verify your credentials in pursuit of NCARB certification. Once you are approved for certification, this fee also maintains your Certificate in active status for one year.

Please note: All fees assessed by third parties in support of your application are your responsibility (ex. official transcripts fees, license verification fees, etc.).

Discounted Certificate Application Fee: $0 to $1,500
Registered architects who established an NCARB Record as an intern may be eligible for a discount on the $1,500 Certificate Application Fee.

If your Record remains continuously active until you receive your initial license, NCARB will waive the entire Certificate Application Fee of $1,500. In addition your Certificate Renewal Fee will be half price for the first three years.

If your NCARB Record lapsed for any amount of time before or after licensure, the Certificate Application Fee will be $300 for each year or fraction of a year up to a maximum of $1,500.

Certificate Annual Renewal Fee: $225
This fee must be paid each year by registered architects to keep the NCARB Certificate and/or Record in active status.

Reactivation Fee: $250 + all outstanding annual renewal fees up to the maximum of $1,500
If your NCARB Record lapsed for any amount of time, you must pay a $250 reactivation fee plus all annual renewal fees assessed during the period of inactivity up to a maximum reactivation fee of $1,500.

Transmittal: $400
This fee must be paid for each transmittal of your NCARB Record to a U.S. registration board, Canadian provincial association, or foreign regulatory authority entitled under NCARB agreements or policies. You must have an active Record or Certificate to pursue this service.

Broadly Experienced Architect (BEA)

Education Dossier Review Fee: Up to $5,000*
*Please note:
The following chart outlines the Dossier Review Fee structure, which introduces cost per subject area deficiency with a maximum fee not to exceed $5,000. Your dossier review fee includes one non-refundable format review fee of $500.

BEA Dossier Review Fee Structure
Subject Area Fee
Design $3,500
Technical Systems $1,285
History and Theory $750
Practice $500
General Education $500
Maximum Total: $5,000

Dossier Format Review Fee: $500
If your dossiers are not appoved in the format review and you revise and submit new dossiers this fee is due upon dossier submission.

Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA)

Eligibility Verification Fee: $500
This fee is for review of your official documents to verify your eligibility for the BEFA Program is due upon submission of your BEFA Eligibility Verification Form.

Experience Dossier Review Fee: $5,000
This fee includes one non-refundable format review fee of $500 to verify format and submission requirements have been met. Should you decide to cancel this process before the committee reviews the dossier, $4,500 is refundable.

Format Review Fee: $500
If your dossiers are not appoved in the format review and you revise and submit new dossiers this fee is due upon dossier submission.

Interview Fee: $2,000
The Interview Fee is due approximately six weeks before your scheduled interview.

 

EESA Evaluation

This fee is charged by and paid directly to the NAAB. Please visit the EESA website for current fees.

Miscellaneous

Dishonored Check: $25

Note: All fees are subject to change, and are non-refundable unless otherwise noted.

Related Publications

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Education Guidelines
Updated July 2014! The Education Guidelines provide a general overview of the education requirement for NCARB certification, and explains how architects who do not hold a professional degree in architecture from a NAAB-accredited program can satisfy this requirement.

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IDP Guidelines
Updated July 2014! The IDP Guidelines is essential reading for interns, supervisors, and mentors participating in the IDP. The document includes steps to completing the program, reporting procedures, experience requirements, and tasks interns should understand before becoming licensed.

Download (PDF, 346K)

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ARE Guidelines
Updated July 2014! The ARE 4.0 Guidelines is essential reading for anyone preparing for the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). The document includes an overview of the exam divisions as well as the exam program, the rolling clock, exam eligibility, and five steps to taking and completing the ARE.

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