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Division of
Professional Regulation

Architect Licensure



Selecting Type of Application

The application form asks you to select the type of application you are filing. The type you select determines what documentation you are required to submit.

  • If you are filing an application for your first Delaware Architect license, the application form asks you to select the type of application you are filing from the following choices:
    • Examination
    • Reciprocity (four options)
    • Direct Application
  • If you previously held a Delaware Architect license that has terminated (that is, you cannot renew it), you must reapply for licensure. For reapplication, your choices are Reciprocity (four options) and Direct Application.

Use the following table to decide which application type applies in your situation. Then refer to the requirements for that type in the sections below.

Note: Jurisdiction means state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia.

 

IF you… THEN select this type:
  • need to take the Architect Registration Examination (ARE), or
  • have a pending application on file with the Delaware Board and need to update it because you’ve now passed all divisions of the ARE
Examination
hold a current NCARB Certificate Reciprocity
  • hold a current license in good standing in another jurisdiction, and
  • have held the license in that jurisdiction at least 13 years
 

Reciprocity

  • hold a current license in good standing in another jurisdiction, and
  • have held the license for at least five years, and
  • have a NAAB-accredited degree
 

Reciprocity

hold a current license in good standing in another jurisdiction where the standards for licensure are substantially similar to those of Delaware


Note: 
The Board will determine whether the standards are substantially similar at a regularly scheduled Board meeting. If the standards are not substantially similar, you may apply by another Reciprocity option or by Direct Application.

 

 

Reciprocity

have already passed the ARE and one of the following is true:
  • none of the four Reciprocity items above applies to you, or
  • you prefer to apply by Direct Application instead of Reciprocity
 

Direct Application


Requirements for All Applications

It is the applicant’s responsibility to arrange for the Board to receive all required documents. If clarification is needed, the Board may request more information or documents. To ensure consideration of your license application at the next Board meeting, the Board office must receive the required documents no later than 4:30 PM ten full working days before the Board’s meeting date.

The following requirements are for all applications for Architect licensure.

  • Submit the non-refundable fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.” The fee amount depends on whether you are applying for your first Delaware license or you previously held a Delaware license and are reapplying.

Additional requirements depend on the type of application you are filing. Follow the instructions in the Selecting Type of Application section above. Then refer to the section for the type of application below.


Additional
Requirement to Apply by Examination

If you are applying to sit for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE), the following is in addition to the items in the Requirements for All Applications section above.

When the Board has approved you to sit for the examination, the Board office will notify you and NCARB. You will then schedule the divisions directly with NCARB. You have five years, starting with the date you sit for and pass the first division, to complete all divisions of the battery.

When you pass all divisions of the ARE, you must submit another application form and processing fee to update your licensure records. The Board will then review your application for licensure.


Additional Requirements to Apply/Reapply by Reciprocity

There are four options for applying or reapplying for a reciprocal license. The option you select determines the requirement(s) that apply in addition to the items in the Requirements for All Applications section above.

  • Select any one of the following four options that applies to you and submit the documentation listed for that option.  However, if more than one applies, it is suggested that you select the option with the simplest documentation requirement.
IF you hold a… THEN arrange for the Board office to receive these item(s):
current NCARB certificate NCARB Certificate sent directly from NCARB to the Board office. To request the Certificate, see Certification and Reciprocity on NCARB’s website.
current architect license in good standing in another jurisdiction and you have held the license in that jurisdiction at least 13 years letter of good standing (license verification) from each jurisdiction where you now hold, or have ever held, a license to practice architecture, sent directly from the jurisdiction to the Board office.
current architect license in good standing in another jurisdiction, you have held the license in that jurisdiction at least five years, and you have a degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
  • letter of good standing (license verification) from each jurisdiction where you now hold, or have ever held, a license to practice architecture, sent directly from the jurisdiction to the Board office.
  • transcript sent directly from your college/university to the Board office.
current architect license in good standing from a jurisdiction whose standards for licensure are substantially similar to those of Delaware
  • letter of good standing (license verification) from each jurisdiction where you now hold, or have ever held, a license to practice architecture, sent directly from the state to the Board office.
  • copy of the statute and regulations from the jurisdiction where you are currently licensed.

The Board will evaluate the law and regulations from the jurisdiction to determine whether its standards are substantially similar to Delaware’s standards.  If the standards are not substantially similar, you may apply by another Reciprocity option or by Direct Application.

  • If you previously held a Delaware license and are now reapplying by Reciprocity, submit proof of 24 hours of continuing education completed during the previous two years.


Additional
Requirements to Apply/Reapply by Direct Application

If you cannot qualify for licensure by Examination or Reciprocity, you must apply or reapply by Direct Application. You may also apply or reapply by Direct Application if you prefer not to apply by Reciprocity. These requirements are in addition to the items in the Requirements for All Applications section above.

  • Arrange for the Board office to receive an official transcript sent directly from your college/university to the Board office.  The transcript must show that you received a Bachelor or Masters of Architecture degree from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive a Verification of Employment form from each employer listed in the PRACTICE EXPERIENCE section of the application.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive a letter of good standing (license verification) from each jurisdiction where you now hold, or have ever held, a license to practice architecture, sent directly from the jurisdiction to the Board office.
  • If you previously held a Delaware license and are now reapplying, submit proof of 24 hours of continuing education completed during the previous two years.
  • Provide one of the following:
    • Intern Development Program (IDP) file sent from NCARB to the Board office, or
    • Request for Waiver of IDP form. You may request an IDP waiver when you:
      • hold a current license in good standing from a U.S. state or Canadian province, and
      • practiced architecture for at least five years immediately before applying for a Delaware license.

    The practice documentation must be acceptable to the Board. For more information, see Section 5.0 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations and the Request for Waiver of IDP form.


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