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Licensing requirements for architecture industry firms and individuals in Georgia.

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

Georgia Architecture Firm License

Not required



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

Architecture firms are not licensed at the state level in Georgia. Business entities are permitted to practice architecture provided that they comply with O.C.G.A. § 43-4-10.

More information: Georgia State Board of Architects & Interior Designers
Law:

GA Code § 43-4-10

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

Business Corporations:

  • Either one of the principal officers must be a Georgia licensed architect or;
  • an employee who is a Georgia licensed architect with an ownership interest must be designated in writing as holding a position of authority within the firm which authorizes him or her to direct the architectural services offered by that firm.

Professional Corporations:

  • All shareholders of Georgia PCs must be licensed to practice architecture.
  • At least one member of the board of directors and the president of a professional corporation shall be licensed to practice the profession for which the corporation is organized.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • Either one of the members must be a Georgia licensed architect or;
  • an employee who is a Georgia licensed architect with an ownership interest must be designated in writing as holding a position of authority within the firm which authorizes him or her to direct the architectural services offered by that firm.

Partnerships:

  • Either one of the partners must be a Georgia licensed architect or;
  • an employee who is a Georgia licensed architect with an ownership interest must be designated in writing as holding a position of authority within the firm which authorizes him or her to direct the architectural services offered by that firm.

Georgia Interior Design Firm License

Not required



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

Georgia does not currently license or register interior design businesses.

Georgia Landscape Architecture Firm License

Not required



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

More information: Georgia Board of Landscape Architects

Individual Licenses

Georgia Individual Architecture Licenses

Georgia Architect License

Agency:Georgia State Board of Architects & Interior Designers
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 Georgia for the first time.

Form:N/A
Agency Fee:

$50 combined exam and initial registration fee

Reciprocal Registration

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

Agency Fee:

$55

Registration Renewal

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

Agency Fee:

$90

Due:

By June 30 of odd-numbered years.

Georgia Interior Designer Registration

Agency:Georgia State Board of Architects & Interior Designers
Fact Checked:11/12/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for Interior Designer Registration

Agency Fee:

$50

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$90

Due:

By March 31 of odd-numbered years.

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Georgia Landscape Architect Registration

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

Initial Registration

Form:

Landscape Architect Application for Registration

Agency Fee:

$80 registration fee + $25 exam fee

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$125

Due:

By December 31 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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