To qualify to take the A.R.E., candidates must possess five education credits (earned either by possession
of a degree from a NAAB-accredited college, by a combination of education and qualifying work experience, or
by documenting 10 years of work experience), and must be enrolled in or have completed the Intern Development
Program (IDP). For information on IDP requirements, contact NCARB
To apply for the Architectural Registration Examination (ARE), an
applicant may go online or request a copy of the application from the Board at
Complete applications for first-time candidates on file with the Board office the Friday before the next
Board meeting will be submitted to the Board for consideration. Once approved for examination, the applicant
will be directly notified and receive, an Authorization to Take the Test (ATT) form, a Bulletin of Information,
and a list of the test center locations. The Bulletin contains all the information needed to understand how
to self-schedule and pay for the parts of the examination.
Examination-related fees are paid directly to the designated examination contractors. See the
Sites are located throughout Maryland and the United States. Current locations are available on-line at
the NCARB website.
When an A.R.E. candidate passes all parts of the examination and completes the
IDP, he or she is qualified to apply for licensure in Maryland. The Board office will contact the candidate
to complete initial registration, and collect the original license fee.
The license issued will have an expiration date two years from the date of issuance and must be renewed in
order to continue to practice as an Architect in the State of Maryland.
There is no provision in Maryland law for an inactive status.