North Carolina Architecture License

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Licensing requirements for North Carolina architects and firms.

This page provides an overview of architecture licensing in North Carolina 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

North Carolina Architecture Company Licenses

North Carolina Certificate of Registration

Agency:North Carolina Board of Architecture
Law:

NC G.S. 55B et seq.

Ownership Requirements:

Two-thirds of owners/shareholders must hold an architect license and at least one of the officers or directors must be licensed in North Carolina. ESOPs are permitted if 70% or more of the trustees are licensees and at least one of the trustees is licensed in North Carolina.

Initial Registration

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

Form:

Application for a Certificate of Registration

Instructions:

Certificate of Authority must be acquired from the North Carolina Secretary of State.

Agency fee:

$75

Registration Renewal

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

Form:

Firm Renewal Form

Agency fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Amendment

Form:

Firm Name Change Form

Agency fee:

$0

Amendment

Form:

Address Change for Firms

Agency fee:

$0

Reinstatement

Form:

Reinstatement for Professional Corporations and Limited Liability Companies

Agency fee:

$250

Notes:

2 separate forms (1 for Corporations and 1 for LLC's)

North Carolina Landscape Architecture Organization Certificate of Registration

More Information:

http://www.ncbola.org/forms.lasso?-session=LASession:R7bn1dfjLeCeejg8cWAKBPiNuwLEC39191D63D

Agency:North Carolina Board of Landscape Architects

Individual Licenses

North Carolina Individual Architecture Licenses

North Carolina Architect License

Agency:North Carolina Board of Architecture
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 North Carolina for the first time.

Form:Licensure by Exam
Agency fee:

$50 application / exam fee

Reciprocal Registration

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

Agency fee:

$150

Registration Renewal

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

Agency fee:

$50

Due:

Annually by June 30.

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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