New Jersey Architecture License

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Licensing requirements for New Jersey architects and firms.

This page provides an overview of architecture licensing in New Jersey 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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New Jersey Architecture Company Licenses

New Jersey Certificate of Authorization (Architecture)

Agency:New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - State Board of Architects
Law:

N.J.S.A. 45:3-18 et seq.

Ownership Requirements:

A corporation may offer to provide architectural services in this State if:

  1. two-thirds (2/3) of the directors are licensed architects; and,
  2. two-thirds (2/3) of the shares of stock are owned by licensed architects.

Initial Registration

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

Form:

Certificate of Authorization Application

Agency fee:

$100 application fee + $500 license fee if applying during the first year of the biennial license period and $250 license fee if applying during the second year of the biennial license period.

Original Ink:Not required
Notarize:Not required

Registration Renewal

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

Agency fee:

$500

Due:

Biennially

Amendment

Agency fee:

$0

Due:

Within 30 business days of changes.

Notes:

Notify the board of changes via mail on company letterhead.

New Jersey Landscape Architecture Certificate of Authorization

More Information:

http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/arch/Pages/applications.aspx

Agency:New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - State Board of Architects

Individual Licenses

New Jersey Individual Architecture Licenses

New Jersey Architect License

Agency:New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - State Board of Architects
NCARB Certificate:Not required
Completion of CE/PDH:Required
Interview:Not required
NAAB-accredited degree:Required
NCARB IDP:Required
Additional Experience:Required
State-specific exam:Not required

Initial Registration

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

Form:Application to apply for the ARE can be obtained using the Boards web site:http://www.NJConsumerAffairs.gov/arch/
Agency fee:

$160.00 application fee + $50.00 exam fee

Reciprocal Registration

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

Agency fee:

$75

Registration Renewal

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

Agency fee:

$160

Due:

By July 31 of odd-numbered years.

New Jersey Professional Planner License

Initial Registration

Form:

Application for a License to Practice as a Professional Planner

Filing method:

File by mail.

Agency fee:

$75

Notarize:Required

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

Online

Agency fee:

$130

Penalties:

$50 late renewal fee

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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