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Registration Requirements


There are three paths leading to registration to practice architecture or landscape architecture in Ohio. One of those paths is by examination, another by reciprocal registration (i.e., those licensed in another jurisdiction), and the last is through the reinstatement of a lapsed license.


Firms must also be licensed in Ohio. Please see the Firm Registration section for information.


All applications can be found on the Forms and Applications page.


Registration Requirements for Architects


Registration Requirements for Landscape Architects


Note: An Emeritus category for Landscape Architects will be available in 2014. The Board has been granted legislative authority to create an Emeritus status. Rules are currently being developed.


Registration Requirements for Architects


Registration by Examination

First-time candidates for licensure wishing to practice architecture in the state of Ohio must meet the education, training, and examination requirements established by the Board.

An "Application for Registration as an Architect OR Landscape Architect" must be completed and submitted by the candidate. The application is available on the Forms and Applications page of the Board website.


Education Requirement

A National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) or the Canadian Architecture Certification Board (CACB) accredited professional degree in architecture is required. Applications filed prior to January 1, 2000 are exempt from this requirement. Candidates whose eligibility is voided under the five year rule (see below) must have a professional degree in order to resume testing.


Internship Requirement

Ohio follows the IDP Guidelines as established by NCARB. 


Reimbursement of IDP Enrollment Fees


Ohio will reimburse students the $100 fee for enrolling in the NCARB Intern Development Program. The application is available on the Forms and Applications page of the Board website.

In order to receive reimbursement, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Students must be currently enrolled at one of Ohio's four accredited schools of architecture (OSU, Kent, Miami, Cincinnati).
  • Proof of current enrollment is required, such as a copy of the student's current semester schedule or a letter from the school. Student ID cards are not accepted.
  • Student must be in good standing.
  • Students must submit proof of enrollment in IDP (email or letter from NCARB with Council Record number).
  • The reimbursement application must be notarized.
  • Checks will be issued by the state of Ohio. Students should allow at least at least four to six weeks for their reimbursement check to arrive.
  • Reimbursement will not be made to persons who have already graduated.
  • Ohio residency is not required.

Examination Requirement


All candidates are required to pass the Architect Registration Examination®, which assesses candidates for their knowledge, skills, and ability to provide the various services required in the practice of architecture. Candidates schedule the ARE through the NCARB website.


ARE Concurrent With IDP


Ohio candidates may begin taking the ARE upon graduating with a professional degree and while completing IDP. Candidates must have their ARE Eligibility transmitted to Ohio by NCARB and complete an Ohio application for Application for Registration as an Architect OR Landscape Architect. 


Taking the ARE


The ARE® is administered by NCARB. 

Candidates schedule online through the "My Exam" section of the NCARB website. 

Ohio candidates may take the exam at any Prometric location in the US. 

Old Prometric Candidate ID numbers are no longer valid. "Authorization to Test" letters are no longer needed.

Candidates who experience problems while testing must report the problem within ten days to: are@ncarb.org. Please send a copy to the Ohio Architects Board.


ARE Study Sessions


ARE study sessions are offered from time to time by local chapters of the American Institute of Architects. They are open to members and non-members. These study sessions are not sponsored or endorsed by the Ohio Architects Board. For the most current schedule of ARE study sessions, please visit the AIA Ohio website at ARE Study Calendar.

AIA Ohio C.A.R.E.S. Program – AIA Ohio Catalyst for Architectural Registration Exam Scholarship Program


AIA Ohio has created a scholarship program to reimburse associates for costs associated with taking and successfully passing the ARE.  These costs may include testing fees, study materials, etc.  All Ohio residents actively taking ARE sections are eligible.  Each applicant is eligible for one grant for one section of ARE passed per calendar year. The goal of the program is to encourage candidates to continue to pursue registration.  Applicants are required to complete the application in its entirety. AIA Ohio Associate members are eligible for a $200 grant. All other applicants are eligible for a $100 grant. This program has limited funding. Scholarships will be evaluated in the order received and awarded until the available funds are exhausted. This program is not sponsored or endorsed by the Ohio Architects Board or the State of Ohio. For an application, please go see AIA Ohio Grant Opportunities.


Authorization to Test Letter


Authorization to Test Letters are no longer in use. Old candidate ID numbers have also been replaced. 


Five Year Rolling Clock


Under the terms of the NCARB Five-Year Rolling Clock, which was effective on January 1, 2006, candidates taking the ARE must pass all divisions within five years. Ohio follows the NCARB Five-Year Rolling Clock.


Five Years of Eligibility to Test in Ohio


  • Candidates for registration by examination have five years from the date their initial eligibility is approved to complete all divisions of the ARE.
  • Candidates who have not taken any divisions of the ARE (pass or fail) for five years will have their eligibility voided.
  • Voided candidates wishing to resume testing are required to re-establish their eligibility in Ohio.

  • Candidates whose eligibility has been voided must put their request to re-establish eligibility into writing, and submit to the Board office via email or USPS.
  • As long as a candidate continues to test, eligibility will be maintained. 
  • Lapses in testing of five or more years will cause the candidate's eligibility to be voided.
  • In order to resume testing, voided candidates must meet all of the current eligibility requirements, e.g., the eligibility requirements in effect at the time eligibility is re-established.
  • Candidates who do not hold a professional degree will not be readmitted to the exam. 
  • All candidates are required to complete IDP before their license can be issued. IDP can be completed while testing.
  • Candidates without NCARB Council Records are required to establish a Record. 


Test Scores


Candidates may access their scores through My Examination on the NCARB website.


Review/Appeal of Failed Exam Divisions


In Ohio, exam results may not be appealed; exams may not be reviewed.


Issuance of First License


After all divisions of the ARE have been passed, and the IDP record is sent to the Board by NCARB, an Interim License is issued if all requirements have been met. Candidates may begin using the title "Architect" and using their license number immediately. The formal wall certificate will be issued after it has been signed by all Board members. This may take several months.

There are no additional fees for issuance of the initial license or wall certificate.


Ordering Seals


New licensees may order seals from any vendor. Check the Internet for resources. Ohio allows rubber stamp, embossed metal or electronic seals. See the "Seals/Sealing" page for the seal specifications.


Transferring ARE Scores Between States


To transfer scores from another state to Ohio:

Contact the state where you have previously taken the exam. Ask that state to transfer your ARE scores to Ohio. There may be a fee on the part of the other state.

If the state is willing to send Ohio a certified copy of your IDP record, Ohio will accept it, which will eliminate having to pay NCARB another transmittal fee. Some states will do this, and some will not, so check with the other state.

Candidates must also complete an "Application for Registration by Examination" ($50) and submit it to the Ohio Board. Upon completion of the exams, the initial registration will be issued by the state of Ohio.

To transfer scores from Ohio to another state or to NCARB:

Ask Ohio to send a certification of exam scores to the state you to which wish to transfer.

Ask Ohio to send a certified copy of your IDP record, if you do not want to pay an additional transmittal fee to NCARB. You must also check with the other state to see if they will accept a certified copy from Ohio.

Ask Ohio to void your Ohio exam file.

Ohio does not charge a fee to transfer scores to another state.


Use of Title by Students, Graduates and Exam Candidates


Use of job titles containing the word "Architect", is restricted by Ohio Revised Code sections 4703.06 to 4703.18.

Only persons who have been admitted to take the ARE by the state of Ohio may use either of these two titles: "Intern Architect" and "Architectural Intern".

Any other title containing the word "Architect" or any of its derivatives is strictly prohibited.

Use of the title "Graduate Architect" by unlicensed persons is NOT permitted.

Persons who are NOT admitted to the ARE may use titles such as: Project Designer, Project Manager, Intern, Emerging Professional or Job Captain.


Registration by Reciprocity


Ohio requires that all applicants for reciprocal registration hold a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Certificate

Applicants must contact NCARB to have their Certificate transmitted to the Board and complete the application for registration by reciprocity, which is located on the Forms page.

Once the Certificate and the Ohio application are received, the license is issued within two to three business days.

Reciprocal applicants should also read the Firm Registration requirements.


Reinstatement of Lapsed or Inactive Registration


A lapsed or inactive license to practice architecture in the state of Ohio may be reinstated upon the payment of the required fees and penalties. Proof of completion of 12 structured HSW hours of Continuing Education, completed within the past year, is also required.

The total of the fees and penalties may not exceed $1,000. The fee chart is listed on the application and on the Fees section of this website.


Emeritus Architect


Architects who are over age 65, have been licensed to practice in Ohio for at least ten years, and who are fully retired are eligible to apply for Emeritus status. There is no fee to convert to Emeritus status.

Emeritus architects are exempt from the Continuing Education requirement.

Emeritus status with the American Institute of Architects is not the same as the status granted by the Ohio Architects Board, and does not exempt the AIA Emeritus from the state Continuing Education requirement.

Once Emeritus status is granted, no renewal fees are due.

Emeritus Architects are not permitted to practice architecture in Ohio.

An Emeritus architect can return to Active upon payment of the renewal fees and proof of completion of the Continuing Education requirement.

The Emeritus architect application is available on the Forms and Applications page of the Board website.


Registration Requirements for Landscape Architects


Registration by Examination


Persons wishing to practice landscape architecture in the state of Ohio must meet the education, training, and examination requirements established by the Board.


Application Process


All exam candidates are required to have a Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) Record.

Candidates register for the Landscape Architect Registration Exam (LARE) through CLARB.

An Ohio "Application for Registration by Examination" must be completed and submitted by the candidate after passing all divisions of the LARE.

Candidates for registration by examination apply to Ohio when they have met all of the requirements: a professional degree, completion of the experience requirement, and have passed all divisions of the exam.


Education



Candidates must have a Landscape Architectural Accrediting Board accredited professional degree in landscape architecture.

Experience

Candidates are required to complete an internship period of three years. The required experience shall be comprehensive in nature and in areas directly related to landscape architecture. Experience must include experience in design, contract documents, contract administration and office management.

The experience requirements may be fulfilled by completing three years of experience in landscape architecture in accordance with the table below and meeting the following conditions:


Experience credit

Credit earned

Maximum
credit allowed

Category 1
Experience directly related to landscape architectural work when the work is supervised by a landscape architect who is responsible for the landscape architectural activities and decisions of the firm.

100%

No limit

Category 2
Experience in the employment of government agencies, architects, civil engineers, city or regional planners, landscape design-build in areas directly related to landscape architecture when that experience is gained under the direct supervision of a landscape architect.

100%

100%

Category 3
Experience in the employment of government agencies, architects, civil engineers, city or regional planners, landscape design-build in areas directly related to landscape architecture when that experience is not gained under the direct supervision of a landscape architect.

50%

One year

Category 4
Masters or PH.D degree in landscape architecture when that degree is preceded by an accredited undergraduate landscape architectural degree.

N/A

One year


Registration by Reciprocity


Reciprocal Landscape Architect applicants must hold a Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) Council Record. Applicants must have their CLARB Record transmitted to the Board.

 

Once the CLARB Certificate and the Ohio application are received, approval is completed within two to three business days.

 

Reciprocal applicants should also read the Firm Registration requirements.



Reinstatement of Lapsed or Inactive Registration



If your Landscape Architect registration expired prior to the current renewal period, you must apply for reinstatement. All prior year fees and penalties, up to a maximum of $500, must be included with the reinstatement application. Proof of completion of the Continuing Education requirement is also required.


Emeritus Landscape Architect


Landscape Architects who are over age 65, have been licensed to practice in Ohio for at least ten years, and who are fully retired are eligible to apply for Emeritus status. There is no fee to convert to Emeritus status.

Emeritus landscape architects are exempt from the Continuing Education requirement.

Emeritus status with the American Society of Landscape Architects is not the same as the status granted by the Ohio Landscape Architects Board, and does not exempt the ASLA Emeritus from the state Continuing Education requirement.

Once Emeritus status is granted, no renewal fees are due.

Emeritus Landscape Architects are NOT permitted to practice landscape architecture in Ohio.

An Emeritus landscape architect can return to Active upon payment of the renewal fees and proof of completion of the Continuing Education requirement.

The Emeritus landscape architect application is available on the Forms and Applications page of the Board website.

Amy Kobe, Hon AIA  Executive Director
77 S. High Street, 16th Floor • Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108
Tel: (614) 466-2316