Architecture Licensing Compliance Guide

Architecture Licensing Compliance

Iowa Architecture Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for architecture industry firms and individuals in Iowa.

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

Iowa Architecture Firm License

Architecture Firm licensure is not required on the State level in Iowa



As of July 1, 2014, the Iowa Architectural Examining Board no longer registers firms. The board only registers individual architects.

More information: Iowa Professional Licensing Bureau - Architectural Examining Board

Registration Not Required

Not required



Iowa Interior Design Firm License

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



Iowa does not currently license or register interior design businesses.

Registration Not Required

Not required



Iowa Landscape Architecture Firm License

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



More information: Iowa Landscape Architectural Examining Board

Registration Not Required

Not required



Individual Licenses

Iowa Individual Architecture Licenses

Iowa Architect License

Agency:Iowa Professional Licensing Bureau - Architectural Examining Board
NCARB Certificate: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Completion of CE/PDH: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Interview: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
NAAB-accredited degree: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
NCARB IDP: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Additional Experience: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
State-specific exam: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

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

Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

No exam fee. But registration fee of $50, plus $5/month to renewal date.

Reciprocal Registration

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

Agency Fee:

$200

Registration Renewal

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

Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$200 for active registration; $100 for inactive; free for retired status

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Iowa Interior Designer Registration

Agency:Iowa Professional Licensing Bureau - Interior Design Examining Board

Initial Registration

Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$275

Registration Renewal

Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$275

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Iowa Landscape Architect License

Agency:Iowa Landscape Architectural Examining Board

Initial Registration

Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$15 per month remaining before renewal.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency Fee:

$350

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

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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