Washington D.C. Architecture Industry Licensing
Licensing requirements for architecture industry firms and individuals in Washington D.C..
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Washington D.C. Architecture Company Licenses
District of Columbia Architecture Firm License
District of Columbia Landscape Architecture Firm License
Firm licenses are not currently issued in the District of Columbia, however, firms will need to apply for a license starting in July 2018.More information: District of Columbia Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration - Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture
Registration Not Required
Washington D.C. Individual Architecture Licenses
District of Columbia Architect License
This section applies to architects that are applying for a license in District of Columbia for the first time.
$65.00 application fee + $65.00 exam fee
This section applies to architects licensed in another state that are looking for reciprocal licensure in District of Columbia.
This section applies to architects that are already licensed in District of Columbia and need to renew their license.
By April 30 of even-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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