Architecture licensing and certification are usually required for professionals who wish to perform architect-engineer tasks such as designing buildings and related facilities; drafting plans, specifications, and blueprints; designing and producing drawings; performing physical work on the construction site and preparing plans and drawings for various aspects of the building; analyzing the construction project in terms of its cost and time-to-complete; and managing the final project by reviewing and approving the final plans, blueprints, or other documents that are necessary for the completion of the project. Architectural licensing exams are usually held within specific geographic regions, with many exams requiring at least a bachelor’s degree in architecture and planning. The most common examinations to pass include the Structural Drawing Test and the Professional Practice Test for Architectural Drafting and Designing.
There are a number of reasons why an architect might need to have his or her architectural license renewed. For example, if the architect is no longer practicing architecture professionally, or if the architect is no longer holding a license, he or she may no longer be able to perform certain types of architectural services. These include performing architectural design for commercial projects or those that require specialized skills, such as a custom home or other type of complex structure.
Another reason for a license renewal may be when a registered architectural firm is no longer legally allowed to practice architecture. This includes all firms that were registered under the United States Architectural Registration Board (ARR) and have not renewed their registration.
Licenses are often renewable every five years. A renewal process typically involves a written application, an examination, a board interview, a background check, and payment of a renewal fee. Renewal fees are usually vary depending on the number of years the license is valid for, the length of time that has passed since the license was issued, the number of years the license holder has been practicing as an architect, and geographic location.
In most cases, an architect’s license is not transferable between architects. It must be renewed by an employer or other licensing body. An architect must also pass a background checks to ensure that he or she can legally practice architecture.
Renewal is often performed by an agency specializing in renewals. These agencies often have offices across the nation and they often provide many resources to help the architect along the way. Renewal agencies have established offices that offer courses and seminars, professional advice, and information about the latest trends in design practices. Many of these agencies even have offices located in universities that offer continuing education for architects.
Continuing education courses for architects may also be conducted in universities. Many agencies may also conduct seminars where licensed practitioners will share information about continuing education courses. In addition, continuing education is offered through publications and web sites that offer continuing education in many disciplines including architecture.