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 Iowa Workforce Information NetworkNovember 26, 2015
License Title: Architect, Registered

License Description: Architects plan and design residences, office buildings, factories, and various other structures according to the client's preferences; consult with the clients on style, specifications, materials, building time and cost limitations; ensure that building plans conform with local and state building codes, zoning laws, fire regulations and other ordinances; develop final design documentation for building contractors that includes structural plumbing, heating, and electrical requirements; assist the client in selecting a building contractor; and, visit the construction site to assure the design is being followed and designated materials are being used. They may specialize in certain types of structures or projects.

Authorizing Statute: Code of Iowa 544A

Requirements for License:To sit for the exam, an applicant is required to apply to the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards in Washington, DC for a council record. Qualifications for the record include having a professional degree from an accredited school of architecture and completing the Intern Development Program. The Intern Development Program requires verification of at least three years of training under a registered architect.

To apply for registration by reciprocity, an applicant must have a National Council of Architecture Registration Board's certificate and must meet the requirements in effect in Iowa on the original date of registration in another state. Iowa has required a professional degree in architecture since July 1, 1984 and has required completion of the Intern Development Program since July 1, 1991.

Twenty-four contact hours of continuing education are required biennially for license renewal. Sixteen of these hours must be in public protection courses relating to health, safety and welfare topics.

Application: Included in the price of the exam
Duration: Two years
Renewal: $200
Exam: $100 - exam eligibility
$980 - fee paid directly to testing service to take the computerized
exam, consisting of nine separate divisions, priced individually. Other: $200 - initial registration
$50 - initial business entity
$50 - annual renewal business

When:To become registered, an applicant must pass all divisions of the "Architect Registration Examination" (ARE) prepared and issued by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

License Authority:
Iowa Architectural Examining Board
Professional Licensing & Regulation Division
Iowa Department of Commerce

1920 SE Hulsizer
Ankeny IA 50021
Phone: 5152817393

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