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Taking the Exam - Architects


Architectural Registration Examination (A.R.E.)


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 Architectural Experience Program (AXP). For information, see the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) website.

Application Process

To apply for the Architectural Registration Examination (ARE), click on the “Apply for the Architectural Registration Examination (A.R.E.) and Experience Record Certification” link at the top of this page.

Complete applications for first-time candidates that are on file with the Board office by 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 NCARB website.

Examination Sites

Sites are located throughout Maryland and the United States. Current locations are available online at the NCARB website.

When an A.R.E. candidate passes all parts of the examination and completes the AXP, 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.