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Division of
Professional Regulation

Architect Licensure



When to Apply

There are several pathways to applying for an Architect license. The way you apply determines what documentation you are required to submit. The information below should help you determine the best method to apply for your licensure. DELPROS, our online portal, will ask you a series of questions to determine the method by which you can apply, guide you to the correct online application and tell you what documents to submit. The methods are:

  • Apply by Examination if:
    • you need to take the Architect Registration Exam (ARE) OR
    • you have now passed all the divisions of the ARE and need to update your pending application on file.
  • Apply by Direct Application if you have already passed the ARE and one of the following are true:
    • none of the four reciprocity items below apply to you OR
    • you prefer to apply by Direct application instead of Reciprocity
  • Apply by Reciprocity if you:
    1. Option 1: currently hold a NCARB Certificate.
    2. Option 2: currently hold a license in another jurisdiction in which you have held in good standing for at least 13 years.
    3. Option 3: currently hold a license in another jurisdiction in which you have held in good standing for at least five years AND have a NAAB-accredited degree.
    4. Option 4: currently hold a 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 of licensure in your jurisdiction are substantially similar to Delaware’s at the regularly scheduled Board meeting after submission. If the standards are not the same, the method of applying will change to Reciprocity or Direct application.

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

If you previously held a Delaware Architect license that has terminated (that is, you cannot renew it), you must reapply for licensure by Reciprocity (using one of the four options) or Direct Application.


Information on How to Apply for a License in DELPROS

All applications are submitted our online system DELPROS. We no longer accept paper applications.


PRIOR TO APPLYING

In order to apply for a license or submit a service request, you must first have a DELPROS user account. To LOG IN or CREATE a DELPROS (Delaware Professional Regulation Online Services) user account:

  1. Go to: https://delpros.delaware.gov/OH_HomePage.
  2. Click GO on the Apply/Manage a License and Service Requests tile.
  3. If you do not have a DELPROS user account, click the REGISTER button on the left side of page for NEW USERS.
  4. If you already have a DELPROS user account, enter your email address and password on the right side for EXISTING USERS and click the LOGIN button.

DELPROS allows you to save your incomplete application and return to it later to finish the process. You only have six (6) months to submit your application once you begin.

  • If you do not submit your application within six months of starting it, you will be required to restart the entire online application again.

You may check the status of your application online throughout the entire application process by using the “View Application Status” feature in DELPROS on your e-License dashboard.


KNOW YOUR REQUIREMENTS AND COLLECT YOUR DOCUMENTS

  1. Know the requirements for the license you are pursuing.
  2. Request and gather all documents required to upload on the Attachments page. All information and forms are located on your profession’s webpages.


ATTACHING AND ACKNOWLEDGING DOCUMENTS

On the ATTACHMENTS page of your application, you may be instructed to:

  • either “attach” or “upload” the required document(s) directly to your application. This means you will find the document(s) saved on your computer or device and upload it to your application.
  • click “acknowledge” . This means you will either have to mail the documents yourself or request the “third-party” mail the document(s) directly to the Board office.
    • Examples of “third-party forms” are transcripts from schools, employment verifications from a supervisor, and license verifications from another state.
  • Forms requiring a supervisor signature, seal, or notary may have to be MAILED to the Board office directly UNLESS the document specifically indicates to UPLOAD the document.

The requirements for this license type are provided in the following section(s).


Requirements for ARE Exam Applicants

In addition to submitting the application and fee in DELPROS, you must submit:

When the Board approves 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, the Board will then review your application for licensure. For additional information on the ARE exam, see the Examinations page.


Requirements for Applying/Reapplying by Reciprocity

There are four options (described in numbered list above) for applying or reapplying for a reciprocal license. The requirement(s) are shown for each option. (Descriptions of the options are above). If more than one option applies to you, select the option with the simplest documentation requirements.

In addition to submitting the application and fee in DELPROS, you must submit the item(s) under the option in which you are applying:

  • Option 1: A current NCARB Certificate sent directly from NCARB to the Board office. Click here to request an NCARB certificate.
  • Option 2: State/Jurisdiction Licensure Verification sent directly to the Board office from each state or jurisdiction in which you currently hold or have ever held a license.
  • Option 3a: State/Jurisdiction Licensure Verification sent directly to the Board office from each state or jurisdiction in which you currently hold or have ever held a license and
  • Option 3b: An official transcript showing that you received a Bachelor or Masters of Architecture degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The transcript must sent directly from your college/university to the Board office.
  • Option 4a: State/Jurisdiction Licensure Verification sent directly to the Board office from each state or jurisdiction in which you currently hold or have ever held a license and
  • Option 4b: Copies of or links to the statute or rules and regulations from the jurisdiction where you are currently licensed.
  • 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.


Requirements for Applying/Reapplying by Direct Application

If you do not qualify for licensure by Examination or Reciprocity, OR you prefer not to apply by Reciprocity, you must apply (or reapply) by Direct Application.

In addition to submitting the application and fee in DELPROS, you must submit:

  • An official transcript showing that you received a Bachelor or Masters of Architecture degree accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The transcript must sent directly from your college/university to the Board office.
  • State/Jurisdiction Licensure Verification sent directly to the Board office from each state or jurisdiction in which you currently hold or have ever held a license.
  • 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:
    • Architectural Experience Program (AXP) file sent from NCARB to the Board office, or
    • A 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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