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New Jersey State Board of Architects
Frequently Asked Questions - For Licensees

  1. How does one become a licensed architect in New Jersey?
  2. What are the educational requirements?
  3. What if I am an applicant with a degree from a foreign college or university not accredited by the N.A.A.B.?
  4. What are the experience requirements?
  5. Can an applicant take the Architects Registration Exam(A.R.E.) before completing I.D.P.?
  6. What if I am currently licensed to practice architecture in another jurisdiction of the Untied States?
  7. Can a Professional Engineer licensed in New Jersey become an architect?
  8. Does my business or firm have to be registered with the Board?
  9. When does my architectural license have to be renewed?
  10. How many continuing education (C.E.) hours are required for license renewal?
  11. Can I place my architectural license on "inactive" status?
  12. If I let my license lapse, what are the requirements for reinstatement?
  13. How do I change my address with the Board?
  14. What are the fees involved for an active licensee?
  15. What are the costs involved in registering a business for a Certificate of Authorization?



 

  1. 1. How does one become a licensed architect in New Jersey?
    Pursuant to Board statutes and regulations, the New Jersey State Board of Architects issues licenses to those individuals who are 18 years of age or older, of good moral character and who have fulfilled the education, experience and examination requirements.
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  2. What are the educational requirements?
    Applicants must have a baccalaureate or master’s degree in architecture from a university, college or technical school whose degree program has been accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (N.A.A.B.), or have completed education that the Board deems to be equivalent to an accredited full program in architecture.
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  3. What if I am an applicant with a degree from a foreign college or university not accredited by the N.A.A.B.?
    An applicant with a foreign degree from a college or university that is not accredited by the N.A.A.B. shall obtain, at his or her own expense, and which shall be acceptable to the Board, either: "A detailed evaluation by Education Credential Evaluators, Inc., or other evaluation services recognized by the Board certifying that the degree is equivalent in level, scope and intent of a bachelor or a master degree of architecture that would be accredited in the United States"; or "If the detailed evaluation does not certify equivalency, a comprehensive evaluation outlining specific academic deficiencies. The application will not be considered until those academic requirements are completed."
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  4. What are the experience requirements?
    An applicant shall have fulfilled the experience requirement if he or she has completed at least three years (not less than 36 calendar months) in the Intern Development Program (I.D.P.) which is administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (N.C.A.R.B.).
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  5. Can an applicant take the Architects Registration Exam(A.R.E.) before completing I.D.P.?
    No. In the State of New Jersey an applicant must first complete the I.D.P. program before he or she can get Board approval to take the A.R.E.
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  6. What if I am currently licensed to practice architecture in another jurisdiction of the Untied States?
    (a) Any person registered or licensed to practice architecture in another jurisdiction of the United States or one of its territories or possessions may be granted registration provided that: 1. The applicant is 18 or more years of age and of good moral character, as established by references from individuals, schools and other sources acceptable to the Board; 2. The applicant is not charged by the New Jersey State Board of Architects or any other jurisdiction with a violation of any statute or regulation relating to the practice of architecture or any violation which would indicate a lack of good moral character as required by statute and regulation; or having been found guilty of a violation, has not satisfied the penalty imposed; 3. The education, training and examination requirements in such other jurisdiction are substantially equal to those required in this State, under current law; and 4. The applicant has provided satisfactory evidence of competency as the Board, in its discretion, may require, including, but not limited to: i. Exhibits of three architectural projects illustrated in construction documents and photographs; ii. Oral examination by the Board; and/or iii. Satisfactory completion of such portion(s) of the Architects Registration Examination as the Board may deem necessary. (b) In cases where the applicant has been granted a registration or a license in another United States jurisdiction on the basis of education, training and examination requirements that are not substantially equivalent to those required in this State, the applicant may be granted a license if the applicant can demonstrate that he or she possesses the education, training and examination requirements or their substantial equivalents.
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  7. Can a Professional Engineer licensed in New Jersey become an architect?
    Any professional engineer who is duly licensed to practice professional engineering in this State, provided that he or she has a college degree in an engineering program or curriculum of four years or more, shall be entitled to be licensed to engage in the practice of architecture in New Jersey, upon application to the Board and upon satisfactorily passing the parts pertaining to site and building design of the Architects Registration Examination.
    (Pursuant to NCARB changing the format of the Architect Registration Exam in 2008, the NJ State Board of Architects according to N.J.A.C 13:27-4.3 (a) & (b) requires all candidates to successfully pass all divisions of the Architect Registration Exam).
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  8. Does my business or firm have to be registered with the Board?
    Yes. Upon review and approval by the Board of a completed application, the Board shall issue a Certificate of Authorization to a Limited Liability Company (L.L.C.) or a Corporation, other than a Professional Service Corporation established pursuant to the "Professional Service Corporation Act."
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  9. When does my architectural license have to be renewed?
    All licenses issued by the Board shall be issued biennially. The expiration date for all licenses is July 31st of the odd-numbered year. A licensee who seeks renewal of the license shall submit a completed renewal application, a statement that the licensee has successfully completed the continuing education requirement and the renewal fee, prior to the expiration date of the license.
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  10. How many continuing education (C.E.) hours are required for license renewal?
    An Architect is required to complete a minimum of 24 hours of C.E. per biennial renewal period. At least 16 C.E. hours shall be obtained from courses or programs within the definition of health, safety and welfare pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:27-3.1. The remaining C.E. hours shall be in educational activities that are directly related to the practice of architecture.
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  11. Can I place my architectural license on "inactive" status?
    Yes. An architect has the option of either active or inactive status. A licensee electing inactive status shall not hold himself or herself out as an architect.
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  12. If I let my license lapse, what are the requirements for reinstatement?
    The licensee is required to complete the reinstatement application (which can be located on the Web site under the applications link) pay a reinstatement fee and delinquent biennial renewal fees as well as provide the Board with documentation that he or she completed the C.E. credits required for each biennial period of licensure.
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  13. How do I change my address with the Board?
    Architects and registered architectural business firms are required to report to the Board, in writing, any change in address within 30 days of the effective date of that change. Failure to notify the Board in a timely manner of any change of address may result in disciplinary action.
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  14. What are the fees involved for an active licensee?
    Application Fee: $50.00
    Initial License Fee: $160.00
    Late Fee: $50.00
    Licensure by Credentials Application Fee: $75.00
    Reinstatement Fee: $100.00
    Renewal Fee: $160.00
    Replacement/Duplicate Seal Press: $40.00
    Duplicate Wall Certificate: $25.00
    Verification of Licensure Fee: $30.00
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  15. What are the costs involved in registering a business for a Certificate of Authorization?
    Application Fee: $100.00
    Initial License: $500.00
    Late Fee: $50.00
    Reinstatement Fee: $300.00
    Renewal Fee: $500.00

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