There are two different ways you can become registered in Alabama. They are as follows:
Reciprocity: An individual who is a registered architect in another state and holds an NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) certificate may be registered in the state of Alabama. This process can be accomplished through the MY NCARB RECORD portal on NCARB’s home page www.ncarb.org
Examination: An individual who holds a first professional degree in architecture from a NAAB-accredited university, completes the NCARB Architectural Experience Program (AXP) and passes all divisions of the Architect Registration Exam® becomes a registered architect in Alabama. For eligibility and examination information, visit this link: Registration by Examination
Candidates who wish to become registered by examination must meet the following requirements:
• Completion of a professional degree in architecture from a college or university program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB);
• Completion of the Architectural Experience Program (AXP); and
• Pass all parts of the Architect Registration Examination® (A.R.E).®
Applicants must choose one of the following options for pursuing registration by examination:
1. ARE Application
2. Reasonable Testing Accommodations: 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.
Once the application and council record are received from NCARB, it usually takes at least two weeks for the Board to process your application, provided there are no problems with your application.
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Alabama requires a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education per Calender year, all of which must be health, safety, and welfare related. (For detailed information, see Continuing Education Information.)
No. Alabama does not offer a temporary architect registration.
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- All buildings 2,500 square feet or larger that are erected, enlarged, or altered require the services of a registered architect, unless the building is a single-family residence, farm building, or utility building.
- All buildings erected, enlarged, or altered that are intended for the assembly occupancy of people regardless of size require the services of a registered architect.
- All buildings erected, enlarged, or altered that are intended for use as an education facility regardless of size require the services of a registered architect.
Contact the local building department in the municipality where the project is located concerning the edition which has been adopted in that jurisdiction. If there is no local building department, the State Fire Marshal becomes the Authority having jurisdiction.
Yes, if the renovation results in a change to a more restrictive occupancy type.
Maybe. If the project calls for an exact replacement for maintenance of the building, an architect is not required. If the roof pitch is altered or if new roofing materials will be used, either an architect or engineer should be employed to evaluate whether the buildings structure will support the new roof.
Once occupancy type is established, an architect is required for design of the interior spaces, unless otherwise exempted.
Every architectural sheet must be sealed. There is no requirement concerning a date or signature.
Generally speaking, no. An architect can seal engineering drawings if:
- The architect designs a minor engineering item, but not a complete engineering system;
- The architect’s design includes an addition to the main engineering system and does not affect the primary engineering system; or
- The engineering item is a small, incidental part of the project.
Architects are encouraged not to provide a price for services until the client has selected a firm or architect based on professional qualifications.
Only if there is an architect resident and regularly employed in each office. An architect may not supervise more than one location.
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