June 12, 2013
by: Julie Engh Assoc. AIA
Robert Lopez, RA, explains how one becomes an architect in New York State.Eve Dilworth Rosen
Nick Serfass, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, of NCARB explains the path to licensure and how to navigate the IDP and ARE.Eve Dilworth Rosen

The Emerging New York Architects Committee’s (ENYA) annual Got License? event brought representatives from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and the New York State Office of the Professions to the Center for Architecture. Robert Lopez, executive secretary for the NYS Board of Architecture, explained the specific licensure requirements within New York State, highlighted statewide licensure trends, and presented various paths to licensure.

In New York State, all candidates must, among other obligations, satisfy a combination of education and experience requirements. Candidates must also know which of their professional experiences qualify as “Category I.”  Any candidates with international degrees will have their education evaluated directly by the state offices, and do not need to submit their experience for evaluation via the Education Evaluation Services for Architects (EESA). Lopez encouraged attendees to contact his office directly with any licensure questions.

Nick Serfass, assistant director of the Intern Development Program (IDP) at NCARB, took attendees step-by-step through the Education, Experience, and Examination requirements of the licensure process. On 07.01.13, an ARE “blackout” will begin, and is estimated to last through 08.31.13. During this time, no ARE exams will be administered. After the blackout, NCARB will launch a new section within candidates’ online My NCARB records called My Examination, allowing candidates to schedule exam appointments, download score reports, and view testing history and rolling clock information. During the blackout there will be no changes to ARE content. After the blackout, exams will continue to cost $210 per division, and all ARE candidates will automatically have a 12-week rolling clock extension.

All ARE test takers: be prepared before 07.01.13 to be ready to test post-blackout by ensuring your NCARB record is current, and you know your candidate ID numbers. Visit the NCARB website for more information about the ARE blackout, and how to make sure you are ready for July!

Julie Ann Engh, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, works in the Architecture Department at Highland Associates, and currently serves as the 2013 AIANYS Associate Director.

Event: Got License Panel Discussion
Location: Center for Architecture, May 29, 2013
Speakers: Nick Serfass, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, PMP, Assistant Director of IDP at NCARB; Robert Lopez, RA, Executive Secretary, NYS Board for Architecture and Landscape Architecture; Amanda Rivera, Assoc. AIA, Co-chair Emerging New York Architects Committee; Sean Rasmussen, Assoc. AIA, Co-chair Emerging New York Architects Committee
Organizers: AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA)


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