Louisiana Architecture License

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Licensing requirements for Louisiana architects and firms.

This page provides an overview of architecture licensing in Louisiana 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.

Company Licenses

Louisiana Architecture Company Licenses

Louisiana Architectural Firm Registration

Agency:Louisiana State Board of Architectural Examiners
Notes:

Louisiana has four categories of architecture firm registration. Corporations, partnerships, limited liability partnerships, limited liability companies, associations, sole proprietorships, and other entities can apply for the AF registration.

Initial Registration

This section applies to architectural firms that are applying for a license in Louisiana for the first time. If you already have a license and are looking to renew it, please see the renewal section.

Form:

Architectural Firm Initial Registration

Agency fee:

$75 for in-state firms and $150 for out-of-state firms.

Registration Renewal

This section applies to architectural firms that are already licensed in Louisiana and need to renew their license.

Form:

Architectural Firm Registration Renewal Form

Agency fee:

$75 for in-state firms and $150 for out-of-state firms.

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Amendment

Agency fee:

$0

Due:

Information must be up to date before the next renewal period.

Notes:

Notify board via email with the changes.

Reinstatement

Form:

Architectural Firm Registration Reinstatement Form

Agency fee:

$150 in-state; $300 out-of-state

Louisiana Architectural Limited Liability Company Registration (LLC)

Agency:Louisiana State Board of Architectural Examiners
Notes:

Louisiana has four categories of architecture firm registration. Qualifying limited liability companies can apply for the LLC registration.

Initial Registration

This section applies to architectural limited liability companies that are applying for a license in Louisiana for the first time. If you already have a license and are looking to renew it, please see the renewal section.

Form:

Limited Liability Company Initial Application

Agency fee:

$75 for in-state firms and $150 for out-of-state firms.

Registration Renewal

This section applies to architectural limited liability companies that are already licensed in Louisiana and need to renew their license.

Form:

Limited Liability Corporation Registration Renewal Form

Agency fee:

$75 for in-state firms and $150 for out-of-state firms.

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Amendment

Agency fee:

$0

Due:

Information must be up to date before the next renewal period.

Notes:

Notify board via email with the changes.

Reinstatement

Form:

Limited Liability Corporation Registration Reinstatement Form

Agency fee:

$150 in-state; $300 out-of-state

Louisiana Architectural-Engineering Corporation Registration (AEC)

Agency:Louisiana State Board of Architectural Examiners
Notes:

Louisiana has four categories of architecture firm registration. Qualifying professional architectural-engineering corporations can apply for the AEC registration.

Initial Registration

This section applies to architectural-engineering corporations that are applying for a license in Louisiana for the first time. If you already have a license and are looking to renew it, please see the renewal section.

Form:

Architectural-Engineering Corporation Initial Application

Agency fee:

$75 for in-state firms and $150 for out-of-state firms.

Registration Renewal

This section applies to architectural-engineering corporations that are already licensed in Louisiana and need to renew their license.

Form:

Architectural-Engineering Corporation Registration Renewal Form

Agency fee:

$75 for in-state firms and $150 for out-of-state firms.

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Amendment

Agency fee:

$0

Due:

Information must be up to date before the next renewal period.

Notes:

Notify board via email with the changes.

Reinstatement

Form:

Architectural-Engineering Corporation Registration Reinstatement Form

Agency fee:

$150 in-state; $300 out-of-state

Louisiana Landscape Architecture Firm License

Not required



Licenses are not issued at the state level for landscape architect firms in Louisiana, but individual landscape architects must include firm information in their license application.

More information: Louisiana Horticulture Commission

Louisiana Professional Architectural Corporation Registration (PAC)

Agency:Louisiana State Board of Architectural Examiners
Law:

LA Rev Stat. § 37:158

Ownership Requirements:

A majority of shares must be held by a licensed Louisiana architect or a holding company of which a majority of shares are held by licensed Louisiana architects. A majority of the directors must also be licensed Lousiana architects.

Notes:

Louisiana has four categories of architecture firm registration. Qualifying professional corporations can apply for the PAC registration.

Initial Registration

This section applies to professional architectural corporations that are applying for a license in Louisiana for the first time. If you already have a license and are looking to renew it, please see the renewal section.

Form:

Professional Architectural Corporation Registration Initial Application

Agency fee:

$75 for in-state firms and $150 for out-of-state firms.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

This section applies to professional architectural corporations that are already licensed in Louisiana and need to renew their license.

Form:

Professional Architectural Corporation Registration Renewal Form

Agency fee:

$75 for in-state firms and $150 for out-of-state firms.

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Amendment

Agency fee:

$0

Due:

Information must be up to date before the next renewal period.

Notes:

Notify board via email with the changes.

Reinstatement

Form:

Professional Architectural Corporation Registration Reinstatement Form

Agency fee:

$150 in-state; $300 out-of-state

Individual Licenses

Louisiana Individual Architecture Licenses

Louisiana Architect License

Agency:Louisiana State Board of Architectural Examiners
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 Louisiana for the first time.

Form:N/A - Direct registration
Agency fee:

$75 for resident architects and $300 for out of state architects. There is no exam fee.

Reciprocal Registration

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

Agency fee:

$300

Registration Renewal

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

Agency fee:

$75 for resident architects and $150 for out of state architects.

Due:

Annually by January 1.

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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