Architect-in-Training Bill Passes the State Assembly

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The AIACC-sponsored bill to allow those who are on path to becoming licensed architects to use the title “Architect-in-Training” is one step closer to being sent to the Governor for his consideration.

SB 1132 (Galgiani) passed the State Assembly on Monday, August 22, with a vote of 79-0.  The bill now goes back to the State Senate for a final vote before being sent to the Governor.

SB 1132 is intended to give those who are on path to licensure the legal ability to accurately describe who they are within a professional capacity: an architect-in-training.  California law already allows aspiring engineers and land surveyors to use the titles “engineer-in-training” and “land surveyor-in-training” respectively, and the majority of the states do allow some kind of paraprofessional title for aspiring architects.  California, however, does not allow those on path to becoming a licensed architect to use the word “architect” within a job title description.  SB 1132 will allow that.

This bill would not have passed the State Assembly without the respectable work of the California Architects Board to improve SB 1132.  AIACC President-elect Jana Itzen, AIA, AIACC Executive Vice President Paul Welch, Jr., Hon. AIA, and AIACC Director of Legislative Affairs Mark Christian, Hon. AIACC met with a working group of the California Architects Board last month to rewrite SB 1132.  The result of that effort created language that is now in SB 1132, and allowed the California Architects Board to unanimously vote to support this effort.

SB 1132 should pass the State Senate this week and be sent to the Governor, who will have until the end of September to decide to sign or veto SB 1132.

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Mark Christian, Hon. AIACC

Mark Christian, Hon. AIACC, is the Director of Legislative Affairs for the AIA California Council, a position he has held since 1999. In this position, Mark is responsible for monitoring the CA State Legislature, identifying bills of interest to the profession, developing and implementing strategies for the positive outcome of legislation of interest to the profession, and representing the profession before the legislature. Prior to joining the AIACC, Mark worked for the State Assembly for nine years in several capacities, including as a policy consultant on several significant environmental laws. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the California State University, Sacramento.

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