May 30, 2016
ARE Live: The NCARB Rolling Clock
First things first. Know your local state licensing requirements.
In this episode of the ARE Live, Black Spectacles founder Marc Teer was joined by Mike Newman, who is an instructor for the AIA ARE Prep Curriculum powered by Black Spectacles, to answer listener’s questions about the Architect Registration Exam (ARE), the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), and the process. In Part 5 of this podcast, they answer one listener’s question about the NCARB Rolling Clock and the importance of knowing your local licensing requirements set by your state licensing and registration board.
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You’re Probably Overthinking It – A Q&A Session with Mike Newman
Our next listener question was about dealing with a rolling clock and how it may affect having to retake the Architect Registration Exam (ARE) for initial registration based on a hypothetical scenario.
Let's assume a candidate is able to pass all seven of the ARE 4.0 exams, and then for some reason, reasons that are beyond this person's control, it takes them eight years to complete the Architectural Experience Program - AXP (formerly the Intern Development Program - IDP) and get all the paperwork end of things completed. By the time that they get all that done and they're ready to do the initial registration, they realize that eight years have elapsed, and at that moment, would they need to retake the ARE?
First of all, when it comes to licensing, there's a lot of variation by state. You actually become licensed by the state, so that's more than 50 subtly different versions of how these things go. So you absolutely want to find out the requirements for your particular state first.
The rolling clock is one issue, and then the timeline from when you finish your exams to when you have everything else finished and actually get the initial registration, those are two separate numbers. You can actually get them to extend your rolling clock if you've finished everything, but you have to ask for it, and they have the ability to say no if they don't think your reasons are good enough. But if you have reasonable reasons, they will extend it. But same with the length of time from when you finish the exam to when you actually become licensed. Some places, it's as short as a year. Other places, it's maybe two years or more.
So it's actually kind of a big deal. You should absolutely know your local version of that.
But it is two separate questions. There are a couple of other rolling clocks in there as well, so definitely talk to your local folks. The best way to do it, the people who you really need to talk to are your local state licensing board. So if you're in Colorado, it's probably the Colorado Professional Regulation Board or something like that.
You could also talk to your local AIA chapter. There's probably somebody there who is an expert on what happens in that local area. They're dying to help young architects get licensed. They will absolutely be very helpful in that process. Also, most universities have somebody who is their AXP go-to person. You can track those people down. So there's a lot of people out there who can help you answer the question.
It's just that it's so similar across the board, but then there are these subtle differences between states, which is why we're being a little cagey about answering it because we don't want to tell you one thing and have it be wrong. So talk to the folks at your local AIA, and then talk to the local state licensing board for professional architects. Often they're grouped together, so it'll say something like professional regulation, sometimes it's just architects.
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