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Licensing requirements for architecture industry firms and individuals in Alabama.

This page provides an overview of architecture industry licensing in Alabama for individuals and firms. You will find state requirements, application fees, filing instructions, and more. For assistance with licensing, please contact us to learn about our software and managed license services.

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Alabama Architecture Company Licenses

Alabama Certificate of Authorization to Practice Architecture

Agency:Alabama Board for Registration of Architects
Law:

Ala. Code § 34-2-37

Eligible Entity Types:
  • Business Corporations
  • Professional Corporations
  • Professional Association
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Limited Liability Partnerships
Ownership Requirements:

All Entity Types:

  • At least 2/3 of the officers, partners, directors, or members of the entity are licensed architects or engineers with at least 1 being an Alabama licensed architect.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

This section applies to architectural firms that are applying for a license in Alabama for the first time. If you already have a license and are looking to renew it, please see the renewal section.

Form:

Application for a Certificate of Authorization (COA) to Practice Architecture in the State of Alabama

Instructions:

Architects Handbook

Agency Fee:

$75

Notarize:Required
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. Apply for name reservation through the Secretary of State. Entities whose name contains some form of 'architect' must have their name approved by the Board of Architects before reserving their name.
  2. Form your business entity with the Secretary of State and apply for a firm license through the Board of Architects (these filings can be made concurrently).

Foreign Applicants:

  1. Apply for name reservation through the Secretary of State. Entities whose name contains some form of 'architect' must have their name approved by the Board of Architects before reserving their name.
  2. Foreign qualify your business entity with the Secretary of State (if required) and apply for a firm license through the Board of Architects (these filings can be made concurrently).
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

This section applies to architectural firms that are already licensed in Alabama and need to renew their license.

Filing Method:

File online. A renewal link will appear on the board's website during the renewal period.

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Annually by April 30.

Fact Checked:4/15/20

Amendment

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Within 30 days of the effective date of the change.

Notes:

Notify the board via email with changes to firm information.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Reinstatement

Agency Fee:

$460, which includes a $250 reinstatement application fee, $135 registration renewal fee, and $75 late penalty.

Notes:

There is no reinstatement application. Instead, submit a new license application with the renewal and penalty fees.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Alabama Interior Design Firm License

Not required



Interior Design Firm licensure is not required on the State level in Alabama.

Alabama does not currently license or register interior design businesses.

Alabama Landscape Architecture Firm License

Not required



Landscape Architecture Firm licensure is not required on the State level in Alabama.

Licenses are not issued at the state level for landscape architect firms in Alabama, but individual landscape architects must include firm information in their license application.

More information: Alabama Board of Examiners of Landscape Architects

Individual Licenses

Alabama Individual Architecture Licenses

Alabama Architect License

Agency:Alabama Board for Registration of Architects
NCARB Certificate:Required
Completion of CE/PDH:Required
Interview:Not required
NAAB-accredited degree:Required
NCARB IDP:Required
Additional Experience:Not required
State-specific exam:Not required

Initial Registration

This section applies to architects that are applying for a license in Alabama for the first time.

Form:http://www.boa.alabama.gov/Interns/Exams.aspx?m=interns
Agency Fee:

$0 application fee + $10 exam fee

Reciprocal Registration

This section applies to architects licensed in another state that are looking for reciprocal licensure in Alabama.

Agency Fee:

$150

Registration Renewal

This section applies to architects that are already licensed in Alabama and need to renew their license.

Agency Fee:

$135

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Alabama Interior Designer Registration

Agency:Alabama Board for Registered Interior Designers
Fact Checked:11/12/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Registered Interior Designer

Agency Fee:

$300

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Registration Renewal

Form:

Application for Renewal as a Registered Interior Designer

Agency Fee:

$160

Due:

Annually by September 30.

Notes:

Individuals granted initial registration after May 31st are not required to pay the renewal fee.

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Alabama Landscape Architect Registration

Agency:Alabama Board of Examiners of Landscape Architects
Fact Checked:10/14/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Registration to Practice Landscape Architecture

Agency Fee:

$150 application fee + $50 originial certificate fee + $150 license fee

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Form:

Renewal Form

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$150

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Learn about architecture licensing in other states:

ARE (Architect Registration Examination) - Assesses candidates for their knowledge, skills, and ability to provide the various services required to be a practicing architect.

AXP (Architectural Experience Program) - NCARB program for architectural internship, a requirement for licensure that occurs after filling the educational requirements.

BEFA (Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect) - An alternative NCARB certification that allows foreign architects to independently practice architecture.

COA (Certificate of Authorization) - The most common name of the registration required for firms to practice architecture in a given state.

Design Firm - Architectural firm registration is sometimes grouped with engineering and land surveying on a single “design firm” application form.

NCARB Certification - Licensed architects have the option to become Certificate holders to signify that they have met national standards established by U.S. licensing boards for protecting public health, safety, and welfare. Certification also facilitates reciprocal registration in all 54 jurisdictions, 11 Canadian jurisdictions, and can be used to support an application for licensure in other countries.

Reciprocity - This is when a licensed architect in one state can provide documentation (often a NCARB certificate) to more easily apply for licensure in another jurisdiction.

State Board - Often referred to as the State Architects Licensure Board or Board of Architects, an individual state’s board serves as the regulatory authority for architects. The board qualifies and licenses individuals seeking architectural licensure. The board is responsible for preserving the public health, safety, and welfare of individuals who occupy built environments.

National Architecture Accrediting Board
NAAB establishes criteria for and accredits professional architecture degree programs in the United States.

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
AIAS is an independent, student-run group that promotes excellence in architecture education, training, and practice.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
AIA is a voluntary professional organization for architects providing advocacy, information, and community.

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)
ACSA represents architectural education programs across the globe.

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
NCARB is the national organization representing the state registration boards.

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