California’s examination and licensure requirements are more flexible than most other jurisdictions. To assess a candidate’s knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the services required of a competent architect in California, CAB looks at three separate aspects of an individual’s architectural development: education, experience, and examination. No single aspect can accurately determine whether an individual is qualified to be licensed to practice architecture in California.
To become licensed, candidates must:
Complete a total of eight years of education and/or work experience as evaluated by CAB, including at least one year of work experience under the direct supervision of an architect licensed in a U.S. jurisdiction, or two years of work experience under the direct supervision of an architect registered in a Canadian province.
Pass all divisions of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE).
Pass the California Supplemental Examination (CSE).
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