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Alaska Architecture Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for architecture industry firms and individuals in Alaska.

This page provides an overview of architecture industry licensing in Alaska 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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Company Licenses

Alaska Architecture Company Licenses

Alaska Certificate of Authorization for Corporate, LLC, or LLP Practice

Agency:Alaska State Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors
Law:

AS § 08.48.241

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

Business Corporations:

  • Officers and directors need not be licensed, but the corporation must appoint an Alaska licensed individual to be responsible for all professional activities undertaken by the firm.

Professional Corporations:

  • All of the incorporators, directors, and shareholders must have an Alaska-issued license in the profession practiced by the corporation.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • Members need not be licensed, but the LLC must appoint an Alaska licensed individual to be responsible for all professional activities undertaken by the firm.

Partnerships:

  • Each member of a partnership must be an Alaska licensed design professional.

Limited Liability Partnerships:

  • Partners need not be licensed, but the LLP must appoint an Alaska licensed individual to be responsible for all professional activities undertaken by the firm.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Certificate of Authorization for Corporate LLC, or LLP Practice

Agency Fee:

$500 ($200 application fee plus $300 registration fee) 

Before you Apply:

Domestic and Foreign Applicants:

  1. A certified notarized copy of amendment showing compliance with AS 08.48.241(b)(1)
  2. A certified notarized copy of resolution by the corporation’s board of directors, the LLC’s managing members or manager, or the LLP’s general partners designating the Alaska-registered person(s) in responsible charge for each field or branch of service offered.
  3. A certified sealed statement (found in application packet) from the Alaska-registered person(s) designated in responsible charge.
  4. Documentation of corporation, LLC, or LLP’s experience i.e., a company brochure or statement of experience. If the company is new, provide a resume of each person in responsible charge.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. Register your business with the Corporations, Business, & Professional Licensing - Corporations Section.
  2. File a Certificate of Authorization application with the Board of Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. Foreign qualify your business (unless exempt) with the Corporations, Business, & Professional Licensing - Corporations Section.

  2. File a Certificate of Authorization application with the Board of Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Biennial Certificate of Authorization Renewal for Corporate LLC or LLP Practice

Agency Fee:

$300. Firms that obtained a license in the second half of the renewal period and are renewing for the first time pay a prorated fee of $150.

Due:

By December 31 of odd-numbered years.

Notes:

Processing time for paper applications is 3-4 weeks. Use regular mail. Do not fax or e-mail. Licenses are issued effective the date of the post mark.

Fact Checked:4/15/20

Amendment

Form:

Application for Amendment for Certificate of Authorization for Corporate, LLC, or LLP Practice

Agency Fee:

$75

Due:

Notify the board within 30 days of the effective date of the change.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Reinstatement

Agency Fee:

$300 for licenses expired for less than 5 years and $500 for licenses expired for 5 years or more.

Notes:

License expired under 5 years follow the standard renewal procedure. Licenses lapsed more than 5 years must submit a new license application.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Alaska Interior Design Firm License

Not required



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

Alaska does not currently license or register interior design businesses.

Individual Licenses

Alaska Individual Architecture Licenses

Alaska Architect License

Agency:Alaska State Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors
NCARB Certificate:Not required
Completion of CE/PDH:Required
Interview:Not required
NAAB-accredited degree:Required
NCARB IDP:Required
Additional Experience:Not required
State-specific exam:Required

Initial Registration

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

Form:

Application for Architect by Exam

Agency Fee:

$200 application fee + $100 registration fee

Notarize:Required

Reciprocal Registration

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

Agency Fee:

$100

Notes:Reciprocal applicants must take an Arctic engineering course and complete a jurisprudence questionnaire.

Registration Renewal

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

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100 for active registrations and $50 for licenses issued in the second half of the biennial renewal period during their first renewal.

Due:

By December 31 of odd-numbered years.

Alaska Interior Designer License

Not required



Interior Designer licensure is not required on the State level in Alaska.

Alaska Landscape Architect Registration

Agency:Alaska State Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors
Fact Checked:10/14/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Architect by Exam

Agency Fee:

$200 application fee + $100 registration fee

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100 for active registrations and $50 for licenses issued in the second half of the biennial renewal period during their first renewal.

Due:

By December 31 of odd-numbered years.

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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