Iowa Architecture Industry Licensing
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.
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
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Limited Liability Companies:
Professional Limited Liability Companies:
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.
Iowa Individual Architecture Licenses
Iowa Architect License
This section applies to architects that are applying for a license in Iowa for the first time.
No exam fee. But registration fee of $50, plus $5/month to renewal date.
This section applies to architects licensed in another state that are looking for reciprocal licensure in Iowa.
This section applies to architects that are already licensed in Iowa and need to renew their license.
$200 for active registration; $100 for inactive; free for retired status
Biennially by June 30. Licensees whose last name begins with the letter A-K renew during even-numbered years and licensees whose last name begins with the letter L-Z renew during odd-numbered years.
Iowa Interior Designer Registration
|Agency:||Iowa Professional Licensing Bureau - Interior Design Examining Board|
Biennially by June 30. Certificates issued to registrants with last names beginning with A through K expire during even-numbered years and certificates issued to registrants with last names beginning with L through Z expire during odd-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.