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Maine Architecture Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for architecture industry firms and individuals in Maine.

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

Maine Architecture Firm License

Not required



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

Firm licenses are not issued at the state level, however, a licensed individual must oversee all architectural work. Firms should consult board rules and state statutes before doing business.

More information: Maine State Board of Licensure for Architects, Landscape Architects and Interior Designers
Law:

32 MRS § 220-C

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

Business Corporations:

  • Maine does not have licensure requirements for officers and directors of a firm providing architectural services.

Professional Corporations:

  • A majority of the directors of a Maine PC and all of its officers, except the clerk, secretary and treasurer, must be licensed in a professional service performed by the firm.
  • All shareholders must either be licensed in a professional service performed by the firm or otherwise qualified under 13 MRS § 741.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • Maine does not have licensure requirements for members and managers of a firm providing architectural services.

Partnerships:

  • Maine does not have licensure requirements for partners of a firm providing architectural services.

Maine Interior Design Firm License

Not required



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

Maine does not currently license or register interior design businesses.

Maine Landscape Architecture Firm License

Not required



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

More information: Maine State Board of Licensure for Architects, Landscape Architects and Interior Designers

Individual Licenses

Maine Individual Architecture Licenses

Maine Architect License

Agency:Maine State Board of Licensure for Architects, Landscape Architects and Interior Designers
NCARB Certificate:Not required
Completion of CE/PDH:Not required
Interview:Not required
NAAB-accredited degree:Not required
NCARB IDP:Not required
Additional Experience:Required
State-specific exam:Not required

Initial Registration

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

Form:http://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/architects/index.htm
Agency Fee:

$141.00 application fee + $141.00 exam fee

Reciprocal Registration

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

Agency Fee:

$141

Registration Renewal

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

Agency Fee:

$141

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Maine Certified Interior Designer License

Agency:Maine State Board of Licensure for Architects, Landscape Architects and Interior Designers
Fact Checked:11/12/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Individual License Application

Agency Fee:

$50 application fee + $70 license fee + $21 criminal record check fee

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$70

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Maine Landscape Architect License

Agency:Maine State Board of Licensure for Architects, Landscape Architects and Interior Designers
Fact Checked:10/14/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Individual License Application

Agency Fee:

$50 application fee + $70 license fee + $21 criminal records check fee

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$70

Due:

Annually by June 30.

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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