Pennsylvania Architecture License

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Licensing requirements for Pennsylvania architects and firms.

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

Pennsylvania Firm Registration

Agency:Pennsylvania Architects Licensure Board
Law:

PA Code § 9.82 et seq.

Ownership Requirements:

The following conditions must be met:

  1. At least 2/3 of the directors must hold an architect, engineering, or landscape architecture license
  2. At least 1/3 of the directors must hold an architect license
  3. At least 2/3 of all classes of voting stock issued must be held by individuals licensed as architects, engineers, or landscape architects
  4. At least 1/3 of all classes of voting stock issued must be held by individuals licensed as architects

Initial Registration

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

Form:

Application for Firm Registration

Agency fee:

$50

Registration Renewal

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

Form:

Online Renewal

Agency fee:

$100

Due:

By June 30 of odd numbered years.

Amendment

Form:

Amendment Application for Firm Registration

Agency fee:

$50

Due:

Within 30 days of the effective date of the change.

Reinstatement

Notes:

A reactivation form must be requested via email or by calling the board.

Pennsylvania Landscape Architecture Firm License

Not required



More information: Pennsylvania Board of Landscape Architects

Individual Licenses

Pennsylvania Individual Architecture Licenses

Pennsylvania Architect License

Agency:Pennsylvania Architects Licensure Board
NCARB Certificate:Not required
Completion of CE/PDH:Not required
Interview:Not required
NAAB-accredited degree:Not 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 Pennsylvania for the first time.

Form:Calling Board Office 717-783-3397 Download from websitehttp://www.dos.state.pa.us/arch
Agency fee:

$40.00 application fee + $30.00 exam fee only when applicant does 0T have an NAAB Degree.

Reciprocal Registration

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

Agency fee:

With NCARB Certification $30.00 - Without $50.00

Registration Renewal

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

Agency fee:

$100

Due:

By June 30 of odd-numbered years.

Pennsylvania Landscape Architect License

Agency:Pennsylvania Board of Landscape Architects

Reciprocal Registration

Filing method:

File online.

Agency fee:

$45

Registration Renewal

Filing method:

File online.

Agency fee:

$194

Due:

By May 31 of odd-numered 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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