Preparing for the ARE

One of the primary requirements for becoming a licensed architect is passing the Architect Registration Exam (ARE). The exam covers six practice areas: practice management, project management, programming and analysis, project planning and design, project development and documentation, and construction evaluation, preparing you for professional practice in the US.

Tackle the ARE!

Check out the list of resources below to help you on your journey to pass the ARE.

NCARB Resources

  • Establish an NCARB Record to enable you to start your licensing journey. ​​
  • Review the NCARB ARE 5.0 Guidelines to understand your eligibility, how to take your exams, and overall background about the ARE's. ​
  • Visit for a variety of study resources that you'll need to succeed! Make sure to check out the ARE Reference Matrix in the NCARB ARE 5.0 Guidelines pdf.  ​
  • ARE candidates can access samples of ​AIA Contract Documents through your NCARB Record. ​
  • Find your NCARB Licensing Advisor, who can provide you with individual guidance on your path to licensure.

AIA Resources

  • Check out the AIA Bookstore where members from AIA and AIAS can purchase books at a discounted rate.
  • Reach out to your local AIA chapter to find study groups, prep sessions, and study materials.
  • Join the conversation online! Check out the National Associates Committee online forum where you can chat with other Associate members also on the path to licensure.
  • Associate members: apply for the Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship! This critical fund helps to defray some of the costs associated with the ARE.

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