The Registration by Examination Application is for candidates who wish to take the Examination A.R.E.®.  Candidates must have completed a professional degree in architecture from a NAAB (National Architectural Accrediting Board) accredited college or university; and completed NCARB’s Architectural Experience Program (AXP) prior to making application. The following items are required for Registration by Examination:

  1. ARE Application
  2. Citizenship Affidavit with acceptable documentation.
  3. Request Eligibility to take the ARE from NCARB – Please contact NCARB at www.ncarb.org and request eligibility to take the ARE for Alabama (Official Transcript and AXP Experience Reports submitted through NCARB’s Request for Eligibility).
  4. ARE Application Fee – A check (business or personal), cashier’s check, or money order made payable to the Alabama Board of Architects in the amount of $10. Cash payments are not accepted.

If you prefer payment by Credit Card, the total amount due is $10.40 ($0.40 convenience fee charged by Alabama Interactive). Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted. For this payment option make sure to Include the following with your application: Name on Card; Credit Card Number, Expiration Date, Security Code, and affiliated zip code. The card will be charged upon final application approval.

Please mail all completed items to:

Alabama Board for Registration of Architects
100 North Union Street, Suite 390
Montgomery, AL 36130-4450
(For overnight delivery, UPS, FedEX, etc., use zip code 36104)

Please allow ten business days from receipt of your application materials for processing.
Applications are reviewed in order of receipt. Following the initial application review process, you will be contacted by email regarding your application status. Should you have any questions pertaining to the Registration by Examination Application, please contact the Board office at licensing@boa.alabama.gov.


ADDITIONAL CANDIDATE INFORMATION

A comprehensive overview of the A.R.E.®, can be found on the A.R.E.® page of the NCARB website.

All candidates for the A.R.E.® should become familiar with the NCARB “rolling clock” provisions.

The Board and NCARB have a procedure for granting reasonable testing accommodations to candidates with qualifying disabilities as outlined under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Candidates with documented disabilities who plan to seek reasonable testing accommodations should email this request to licensing@boa.alabama.gov