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Architect Licensing Requirements
Licensure. All States and the District of
Columbia require individuals to be licensed (registered) before they may call
themselves architects and contract to provide architectural services. During the
time between graduation and becoming licensed, architecture school graduates
generally work in the field under the supervision of a licensed architect who
takes legal responsibility for all work. Licensing requirements include a
professional degree in architecture, a period of practical training or
internship, and a passing score on all divisions of the Architect Registration
Examination. The examination is broken into nine divisions consisting of either
multiple choice or graphical questions. The eligibility period for completion of
all divisions of the exam varies by State.
Most States also require some form of continuing education to maintain a
license, and many others are expected to adopt mandatory continuing education.
Requirements vary by State but usually involve the completion of a certain
number of credits annually or biennially through workshops, formal university
classes, conferences, self-study courses, or other sources.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition
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