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what's up I'm architect a drew Paul Bell

and in this video what I want to talk

about is the process of becoming a

licensed architect your license is

actually administered by your state with

meaning that's gonna happen in whatever

jurisdiction you live in so like I live

in Georgia I got my initial license here

in Georgia once you get your initial

license in a particular state it's not

that hard get your license in other

states a lot of people do it all the

time

my my boss for example has his license

here in Georgia

he has his primary license in North

Carolina he's also licensed and

Tennessee South Carolina Florida is kind

of all over the southeast once you have

your initial license is typically just

in paperwork and paying some fees now it

depends on where you're going if you're

going to Florida they require that you

know more about wind loads of like

hurricane level wind loads over in

California you have to know more about

seismic activity and there are other

states that similarly require you to

have more information so there may be

extra requirements that you have to do

depending on particular States but if

you follow n carbs basic structure then

you're not gonna have any problem

getting your your license in other

states well what is the structure though

so we get three e's it is education

experience and examination these are the

three things that are basically build up

what it takes to get your license so the

most commonly spoken about one is

actually the exam but what has to come

before the exam has got to be very first

your your education meaning what kind of

a degree are you getting you have to get

a degree in architecture in that degree

in architecture also has to be a NAB

accredited degree NAB it stands for the

National architectural accrediting board

they determine which architecture

programs are going to be accredited and

which ones are not typically that means

that you're going to be taking a five

year bachelor's degree a B arch if

you're not taking a five year degree

you're not getting a credit advanced

degree if you get a four year bachelor's

degree which is not accredited then you

have to go get a two-year master's

degree which is accredited so the

accredited degrees then the master's

degree so they call this sometimes the

the five year program or a four plus two

meaning you can get an undergrad in

something it can be architecture it can

also be something else I had we had an

intern who heard underground

it was either marketing or business

administration and then she went he will

get a master's in architecture after the

education requirements then what you

need to do is set up an end karma record

once you establish the N carb record

which you can take some fees then you're

going to be able to start logging in

your your development hours they're

gonna verify your degree and you're

you're gonna start logging in your hours

and so this program is now called the ax

P the architect experience program it

used to be called the IDP the intern

development program and of course old

habits die hard so probably you're gonna

hear people talking about IDP that's

what they're talking about it's actually

the same thing just repackaged it used

to be that you had to get several

several hours and several different

categories that were very finely defined

but now it's more like six broad

categories instead of like a bunch of

finer points and so you said you have to

get a total of thirty seven hundred

forty hours is across six different

categories in these six different

categories are actually the same six

categories that the exams are you can

take the exams at the same time that

you're getting your experience it's

called concurrence and again this is new

they used to be you had to finish your

IDP hours before you could state to

start taking the a re

now you can actually take the a re while

you're doing your intern development

your architect experience program hours

and so with the a re there are six

different exams and again it's the same

categories as the experience program and

those categories are practice management

project management programming and

analysis project planning and design

project development and documentation

and construction and evaluation becoming

a licensed architect is similar to

becoming like a licensed doctor or a

lawyer and it's a protected term and not

just anybody can call themselves an

architect lawyers take the bar the a re

is unlike the bar and that the bar is

only one exam while it lasts a couple of

days but it's only one test and it's

only offered twice a year the a re

however is actually offered whenever you

can find a time slot available for it

and there's not one exam there's six

when are they

basically anytime there is a company

that's called Prometric and it's their

job their what their company does is

they administer exams so if you want to

take an a re you go onto your end card

record you pay you pay the fees to

register for the exam then they send you

to Prometric and prometrics website

they'll have time slots and time slots

available for you to come in and reserve

a seat to come in and take that exam and

that might be they might have a spot

open tomorrow they might have a spot

open in two weeks you'll be able to look

at a calendar and kind of pick different

time slots and you can choose if you

want to get at like 8:00 a.m. or you

want to take it at noon there's gonna be

a little bit of options on there but

again you this is a company that

administers exams so they're not only

administering architecture exams are

also administering exams to people who

want to be like personal trainers and

accountants and actuaries and all that

stuff so there's a lot of people filling

up the slots it's not like they have an

infinite number of seats available but

you just go in there and you pick a time

and it's basically whenever so it's

unlike the SAT which you're probably

familiar with or the bar one challenge

but that is that you have to have the

self motivation to schedule your exams

and go take those on your own it's not

like it's a deadline it's coming up and

you have to take action on it there's

actually a lot of there's a challenge

but then with a re which is having the

motivation to say I'm gonna take it now

I'm gonna sign up so a lot of times

signing up is actually the best idea

except puts it on the calendar a month

or two out is what I would say you

should aim for schedule by month or two

out and then you had that hard deadline

yeah it's a study and you have to do

what you can to pass there are six exams

so you have to pass all the six exams

within a five year rolling clock that

means that from when you pass your first

exam you have to pass your last exam

within the next five years if you pass

that that last exam let's say six years

later that first exam expires sometimes

what happens is there's this problem

where you know people start taking their

exams and then they take too long to

finish up the exams and then the earlier

exams expire it's happened to a

co-worker of mine you started testing

and then the recession hit and he had

only like two exams left I think and

he kind of fell off the horse and wasn't

disciplined during the recession and

wasn't taking any more exams he started

taking it again once things kind of

picked back up but by that point I think

yeah he actually failed a test and then

when that happened he couldn't retake

the next test until six months later it

used to be six months waiting period and

then that first test he took expired so

then he had to retake the one he had

failed and then retake the very first

one before he lost any more exams so

there's the five year rolling clock

limitation and then and then there is

also the limitation behind failing an

exam so if you fail an exam then you

have to wait 60 days before you can

retake it like I said it used to be six

months so 60 days two months is way

better and there's that and then there's

also the restriction that you can only

take an exam three times within one

rolling a year clock once you pass your

exams then what all right that's that's

the Beast of the problem where I Eve you

you've completed your education you

completed your experience hours and you

completed your exams what are the next

steps nobody talks about this well the

next steps are you actually need to call

your State Board because chances are

there's still something more you have to

do there's always another form to fill

out another application fee to pay we're

not just gonna give you a license

without making you pay $50 for it or

something like that right so you have to

call up you can call up your State Board

and then ask them what comes next

ask them what you need to do is probably

gonna be filling out a form and then ask

them that they've received your

information from ncar I finished my

exams and then it was actually a week or

two later that I actually finished up my

XP hours I finished them right at about

the same time I had time to perfect as

soon as I finished my IDP hours my axp

hours I had a letter an email from n

carb saying that the next step was gonna

be they were gonna send this stuff to

the State Board and that the State Board

that they would let me know and then a

few weeks went by and nobody said

anything so I called a pen card and I

said hey you guys said that you sent

this thing how's it going and I said oh

we haven't sent that yet so even though

they said that they sent it they hadn't

sent it but of course if you made it

this far within this whole process I

know that you applied for some building

permits I know that you've dealt with

like the bureaucracy and you know the

paperwork moves at the speed of staff

so you know how to follow up on things

so after you finish your exams you got

still follow up on stuff yeah I follow

up attend carb you gotta make sure they

actually send the stuff to the State

Board and then you gotta follow up at

the State Board to make sure that they

actually go through and process it call

them up and they say well we said 7 to

10 days and we're still within that time

frame so call us back in a few days

follow up on that stuff put on your

calendar fear with her that'll say how

long they have to get it back to you put

that on your calendar and call them back

on that day to make sure that they get

and I'm super cynical about

bureaucracies and paperwork in this kind

of thing but I got my license in my

stamp reasonably quickly and I hear

horror stories online about people

waiting months to get their license

after they finish all the requirements

so call your State Board figure out what

else is needed and like I said earlier

if you're in states like California

California has an additional exam used

to have to take and so there may be

other requirements you have to satisfy

in that regard but again contacting your

state licensing board is going to be is

gonna be the step to take and that's

usually I would assume that's you're

always in this the Secretary of State's

office okay so that is it

easy-peasy right we can explain that all

these different things it obviously

takes a long time and you should do

plenty of research on this I had to pick

up my information from multiple websites

I highly recommend you check out and

carb org they have a map that's like an

interactive map and you click on

different states and see what the

requirements are what the broad

requirements are now and the carbs

website is not a hundred percent

accurate what you need to do ultimately

is go look at your Secretary of State's

website and see what your state actually

requires because they're gonna they are

the ones that determine whether or not

you get your your license or not and so

they're the ones they're gonna have the

requirements seventh in mind there might

have been some error in communicating

with end carbs so don't trust their

website trust the State Board those are

the ones who count so I hope that this

video gave you a good outline for the

process of getting your architecture or

your architects license here in the US

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