Licensure: Want to be an Architect? AIA has resources to help you along the way. To become an architect you will need:
To become an architect, you should earn a National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited degree. An accredited degree will make it possible for you to become licensed in all jurisdictions in the US. For more information on the education requirements see NCARB, or to research schools check out the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture website.
Experience / Architectural Experience Program/AXP (formerly IDP)
Candidates can establish a record and begin earning AXP credits upon receiving a high school diploma or its equivalent. Guidelines and information can be found on the www.NCARB.org website. AIA Florida also offers resources to AXP candidates including contact information for the Florida Licensing Advisor who can answer your specific questions.
Architectural Registration Exam
Candidates need to pass all sections of the architectural registration exam. Information on the sections of the ARE can be found on the NCARB website. AIA Tampa Bay offers resources to prepare for the exams including:
Study Materials Library The chapter maintains a study materials library at The Center for Architecture and Design. AIA members may check out study materials for 2 weeks at a time. Contact the chapter office to arrange a time to review and pick up materials from the library. We require a copy of your driver's license and a valid credit card as collateral for the materials.
ARE Prep Classes The chapter offers classes to help candidates prepare for the various sections of the ARE. Check the website calendar or contact an associate director to find out when the next class is scheduled.
If you have questions, or suggestions for Associate-specific programming, please contact the chapter's Associate Directors. See the board page for the names and emails of our current Directors.