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Licensing requirements for architecture industry firms and individuals in Ohio.

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

Ohio Architecture Certificate of Authorization

Agency:Ohio Architects Board
Law:

OH R.C. § 4703.18

Eligible Entity Types:
  • Business Corporations
  • Professional Corporations
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Partnerships
  • Professional Associations
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Ownership Requirements:

Business Corporations:

  • More than 1/2 of the shareholders and directors of the corporation must be licensed design professionals.
  • At least one of the directors must be an Ohio licensed architect.

Limited Liability Companies:

  • More than 1/2 of the members and managers of the LLC must be licensed design professionals.
  • At least one of the members or managers must be an Ohio licensed architect.

Partnerships:

  • More than 1/2 of the partners must be licensed design professionals.
  • At least one of the partners must be an Ohio licensed architect.

Professional Associations:

  • All of the incorporators and officers must be licensed individuals.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Initial Registration

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

Filing Method:

Firms can apply online but must also submit a Firm Ownership Spreadsheet with the online application.

Agency Fee:

$125

Notarize:Required
Before you Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  • Ensure that your business entity will meet ownership requirements.
  • Identify an Ohio licensed architect to act as the individual in responsible charge of the firm's professional activities in Ohio.

Foreign Applicants:

  • Ensure that your Ohio entity will meet ownership requirements.
  • Identify an Ohio licensed architect to act as the individual in responsible charge of the firm's professional activities in Ohio.
  • Obtain a certificate of good standing from your business entity's home state (to be filed during the foreign qualification process). The certificate cannot be more than 90 days old when filing foreign qualification documents.
How to Apply:

Domestic Applicants:

  1. File entity formation documents with the Ohio Secretary of State.
  2. Create an online account and complete the firm registration through the Ohio Architects Board. You will be asked to submit a full list of the firm's owners and a copy of the certificate/registration to do business in Ohio from the Ohio Secretary of State.

Foreign Applicants:

  1. File foreign qualification documents with the Ohio Secretary of State.
  2. Create an online account and complete the firm registration through the Ohio Architects Board. You will be asked to submit a full list of the firm's owners and a copy of the certificate/registration to do business in Ohio from the Ohio Secretary of State.
Fact Checked:5/28/20

Registration Renewal

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

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Fact Checked:4/15/20

Amendment

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Within 30 days of the effective date of the change.

Notes:

Notify the board in writing with any changes. A change of firm name requires that you reapply and pay the $125 fee registration fee

Fact Checked:11/5/19

Ohio Interior Design Firm License

Not required



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

Ohio does not currently license or register interior design businesses.

Ohio Landscape Architecture Certificate of Authorization

More Information:

http://www.arc.ohio.gov/Firm-Registration

Agency:Ohio Board of Landscape Architects
Fact Checked:5/3/18

Registration Renewal

Form:

Online

Filing Method:

Oline

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by June 30.

Notes:

Must submit detailed board-provided spreadsheet of firm ownership as well as proof of registration with the Ohio Secretary of State.

Fact Checked:5/31/19

Individual Licenses

Ohio Individual Architecture Licenses

Ohio Architect License

Agency:Ohio Architects Board
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 Ohio for the first time.

Form:http://www.arc.ohio.gov/FormsandApplications.aspx
Agency Fee:

$50 exam fee. No application fee.

Reciprocal Registration

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

Agency Fee:

$250

Registration Renewal

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

Agency Fee:

$125

Due:

By December 31 of odd-numbered years.

Ohio Interior Designer License

Not required



Interior Designer licensure is not required on the State level in Ohio.

Ohio Landscape Architect License

Agency:Ohio Board of Landscape Architects
Fact Checked:10/14/19

Initial Registration

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$50

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$125

Due:

By December 31 of even-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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