Architect Examination & Initial Licensure

Review the Mississippi requirements for initial licensure in Sections 73-1-13 and 73-1-17 of the Architect Registration Act and in Chapters 1 and 2 of the Rules and Regulations.

In order to apply for licensure, one must take and pass the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). Applicants with a NAAB-accredited degree in architecture who are enrolled in the experience program recognized by the Board (NCARB's Architectural Experience Program, formerly known as IDP) should apply directly to NCARB to begin the ARE.

Upon completion of the ARE and the Architectural Experience Program (AXP), an applicant must direct NCARB to transmit the NCARB Record to the Board. Upon receipt of the NCARB Record, the Board will forward an application for initial licensure (a manual process) to the applicant.

Basic qualifications for initial licensure by examination, which the NCARB Record must document, are:

  • Successful completion of the ARE; and
  • Completion of the AXP; and
  • A NAAB-accredited professional degree in architecture.
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