Arizona Architecture License

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Licensing requirements for Arizona architects and firms.

This page provides an overview of architecture licensing in Arizona 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

Arizona Architecture Company Licenses

Arizona Annual Firm Registration

Agency:Arizona State Board of Technical Registration
Law:

A.R.S. § 32-141 et seq. 

Initial Registration

Form:

Annual Firm Registration 

Agency fee:

$50

Registration Renewal

Form:

Annual Firm Registration (Renewal)

Agency fee:

$50

Due:

Annually

Amendment

Form:

Annual Firm Registration (Amendment)

Agency fee:

$0

Due:

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

Individual Licenses

Arizona Individual Architecture Licenses

Arizona Architect License

Agency:Arizona State Board of Technical Registration
NCARB Certificate:Not required
Completion of CE/PDH:Not required
Interview:Not required
NAAB-accredited degree:Not 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 Arizona for the first time.

Form:

https://btr.az.gov/resources/forms/application-forms

Agency fee:

$100 exam fee. Then $100 application fee.

Reciprocal Registration

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

Agency fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

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

Agency fee:

$225

Due:

Triennially during the quarter when the registration was first filed. For example, architects who registered between January 1 and March 31 file every three years by March 31.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Arizona Professional Landscape Architect Registration

Agency:Arizona State Board of Technical Registration

Exam Application

Form:

Landscape Architect Professional Exam Packet

Agency fee:

$100

Notes:

There are separate fees for the exams.

Initial Registration

Form:

Landscape Architect Registration Packet

Agency fee:

$100

Registration Renewal

Form:

Professional Renewal Form

Agency fee:

$225

Due:

Triennially during the quarter when the registration was first filed. For example, landscape architects who registered between January 1 and March 31 file every three years by March 31.

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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