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Arizona Architecture Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for architecture industry firms and individuals in Arizona.

This page provides an overview of architecture industry 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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Arizona Architecture Company Licenses

Arizona Annual Branch Registration

Agency:Arizona State Board of Technical Registration
Notes:

A branch office registration must be filed for each branch office that is located in the state of Arizona and that is part of a firm registered with the board.

Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Annual Branch Registration 

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Annual Branch Registration (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by the initial registration anniversary date.

Fact Checked:4/15/20

Amendment

Form:

Annual Branch Registration (Amendment)

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

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

Fact Checked:1/24/20

Arizona Annual Firm Registration

Agency:Arizona State Board of Technical Registration
Law:

A.R.S. § 32-141 et seq. 

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

Business Corporations:

  • Corporations can either ensure that at least one officer is a licensed professional in each of the regulated services the firm provides, or designate that the licensed individual(s) have full authority of the professional services offered by the firm.

Professional Corporations:

  • At least 1/2 of the shareholders, and at least 1/2 of the directors, and the president of the corporation must be licensed in one or more states to render the professional service(s) conducted by the firm.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • LLCs can either ensure that at least one member is a licensed professional in each of the regulated services the firm provides, or designate that the licensed individual(s) have full authority of the professional services offered by the firm.

Professional Limited Liability Companies:

  • All of the members of the PLLC must either be licensed individuals, a partnership having at least one partner who is licensed in Arizona, or a PC or PLLC.

Partnerships:

  • Partnerships can either ensure that at least one partner is a licensed professional in each of the regulated services the firm provides, or designate that the licensed individual(s) have full authority of the professional services offered by the partnership.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

Form:

Annual Firm Registration 

Agency Fee:

$50

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Identify an Arizona licensed individual to act as the principal registrant for each office the firm has in Arizona.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Identify an Arizona licensed individual to act as the principal registrant for each office the firm has in Arizona.
  • Ensure that your Arizona entity meets ownership requirements.
  • Obtain a certificate of good standing from your business entity's home state (to be filed during the foreign qualification process). The certificate cannot be more than 60 days old when filing foreign qualification documents.
  • Obtain certified copies of your entity's formation documents (including amendments) to file during the foreign qualification process. These documents must be dated within 60 days of the date of application for foreign qualification.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. If a corporation or LLC, create an ecorp account and use the portal to create your business entity.
  2. If a partnership, file a certificate of partnership application with the Arizona Secretary of State.
  3. File a Firm Registration Application with the State Board of Technical Registration.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. Determine whether or not your business is required to foreign qualify. If not required, skip to number 5.
  2. If a foreign PC, obtain an approval statement from the Board of Technical Registration showing that the entity meets ownership requirements in Arizona before foreign qualifying with the Arizona Corporation Commission.
  3. If a corporation or LLC, create an ecorp account and use the portal to foreign qualify your business entity.
  4. If a partnership, file a foreign partnership registration application with the Arizona Secretary of State.
  5. File a Firm Registration Application with the State Board of Technical Registration.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

Form:

Annual Firm Registration (Renewal)

Agency Fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by the initial registration anniversary date.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required
Fact Checked:4/15/20

Amendment

Form:

Annual Firm Registration (Amendment)

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

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

Fact Checked:1/24/20

Arizona Interior Design Firm License

Not required



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

Arizona does not currently license or register interior design businesses.

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.

Form:

Professional Renewal Form

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
Fact Checked:8/9/19

Arizona Interior Designer License

Not required



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

Arizona Professional Landscape Architect Registration

Agency:Arizona State Board of Technical Registration
Fact Checked:1/16/19

Exam Application

Form:

Landscape Architect Professional Exam Packet

Agency Fee:

$100

Notes:

There are separate fees for the exams.

Fact Checked:1/21/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Landscape Architect Registration Packet

Agency Fee:

$100

Fact Checked:1/21/19

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.

Fact Checked:1/21/19

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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