Allied Members are not Architects, but are professionals in related fields, who collaborate with and support Architects in the creation of the built environment.

Are you ready to take the next step in your architectural career? Becoming a licensed architect in California is an achievable goal with the right combination of education, experience, and examination. The California Architects Board (CAB) sets forth specific requirements to ensure that all candidates possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to practice architecture in a manner that prioritizes the health, safety, and welfare of Californians.

Key Requirements for Licensure:

  1. Education: Candidates must be at least 18 years of age or have the equivalent of a high school graduate. Additionally, they must complete five years of architectural educational experience or its equivalent as outlined in the Board’s regulations.
  2. Experience: As part of the licensure process, candidates are required to fulfill the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) or the Canadian Provincial Internship in Architecture Program (IAP). This hands-on experience provides valuable practical knowledge and skills essential for success in the field.
  3. Examinations: Candidates must successfully pass all divisions of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE), which assesses their competency across various aspects of architectural practice. Additionally, they must complete the California Supplemental Examination (CSE) to demonstrate proficiency in California-specific laws and regulations related to architecture.

How We Can Help:

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) California Desert, in partnership with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and CAB, is committed to supporting aspiring architects like you on your journey to licensure. Through educational resources, mentorship programs, and exam preparation assistance, we provide the guidance and support you need to navigate the licensure process successfully.

Take the Next Step:

Are you ready to turn your architectural ambitions into reality? Take advantage of the resources and support offered by AIA California Desert, NCARB, and CAB to embark on your path to becoming a licensed architect in California.

For more information and guidance on the licensure process, visit the following websites :