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Mississippi Architecture Industry Licensing

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Licensing requirements for architecture industry firms and individuals in Mississippi.

This page provides an overview of architecture industry licensing in Mississippi 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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Mississippi Architecture Firm License

Not required



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

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: Mississippi State Board of Architects
Law:

30 MS Admin Code § 201.3.2

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

Professional Corporations:

  • At least one active stockholder must hold a certificate to practice architecture in
    Mississippi.
  • Each stockholder, director and officer shall hold a certificate to practice architecture or engineering in that person’s state of residence.
  • No person shall be entitled to be a stockholder, officer or director of a PC or a PA offering architectural services in Mississippi other than licensed architects and engineers.

Professional Limited Liability Companies:

  • At least one owner of a membership interest in the PLLC shall hold a certificate to practice architecture in Mississippi.
  • Each owner of a membership interest and any managers of the PLLC shall hold a certificate to practice architecture or engineering in that person’s state of residence.
  • No person shall be entitled to hold a membership interest in or be a manager of “PLLC” offering architectural services in Mississippi other than licensed architects and engineers.

Partnerships:

  • At least one active partner must hold a certificate to practice architecture in Mississippi and each active partner shall hold a certificate to practice architecture or engineering in that partner’s state of residence.

Mississippi Interior Design Firm License

Not required



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

Mississippi does not license or register interior design businesses, but registered designers list their business affiliation on their individual registration.

Mississippi Landscape Architecture Firm License

Not required



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

More information: Mississippi Landscape Architecture Advisory Committee

Individual Licenses

Mississippi Individual Architecture Licenses

Mississippi Architect License

Agency:Mississippi State Board of Architects
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:Required

Initial Registration

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

Form:http://www.archbd.state.ms.us/arch_lic_info.html
Agency Fee:

$275 resident/$450 0n-resident application fee + $60.00 exam fee

Reciprocal Registration

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

Agency Fee:

$275 resident/$450 0n-resident

Registration Renewal

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

Agency Fee:

$275 resident/$350 0n-resident

Due:

By November 30 of odd-numbered years.

Mississippi Interior Designer Certification

Agency:Mississippi State Board of Architects
Fact Checked:11/12/19

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$175

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$250

Due:

By January 31 of even-numbered years.

Fact Checked:11/15/19

Mississippi Landscape Architect Registration

Agency:Mississippi State Board of Architects
Fact Checked:10/14/19

Initial Registration

Form:

Upon completion of the LARE, an applicant must direct CLARB to transmit the CLARB Council Record to the Board. Upon receipt of the CLARB Council Record, the Board will forward an application for initial licensure (a manual process) to the applicant.

Agency Fee:

$125

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$200

Due:

By December 31 of 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.

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