Architecture Licensing Compliance Guide

Architecture Licensing Compliance

Ohio Architecture Industry Licensing

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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 et seq.

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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$125

Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:
  • More than 50% of the firms shareholders, members, trustees, and board of directors must be licensed design professionals (architect, engineer, surveyor) in any state.
  • In addition, more than 50% of the firms' shares must be held by design professionals.
  • At least one member of the board of directors must hold an Ohio architect license and work full-time.

Registration Renewal

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

Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$100

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Amendment

Agency fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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

Ohio Landscape Architecture Certificate of Authorization

More Information: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency:Ohio Board of Landscape Architects

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$100

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

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

Individual Licenses

Ohio Individual Architecture Licenses

Ohio Architect License

Agency:Ohio Architects Board
NCARB Certificate: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Completion of CE/PDH: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Interview: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
NAAB-accredited degree: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
NCARB IDP: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Additional Experience: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
State-specific exam: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

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

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
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: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Ohio Interior Designer License

Not required



Registration Not Required

Not required



Ohio Landscape Architect License

Agency:Ohio Board of Landscape Architects

Initial Registration

Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$50

Registration Renewal

Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$125

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

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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