Preparing for the ARE
Explore AIA and NCARB resources to help you prepare and pass the Architect Registration Exam (ARE), one of the primary requirements for becoming a licensed architect in the United States.
Architect Registration Exam (ARE) preparation
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.
ARE prep resources
Check out the list of resources below to help you on your journey to pass the ARE.
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 AREs.
Visit ncarb.org 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.
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.
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 on the path to licensure.
Associate members: Get help paying for the ARE by applying to the Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship. This critical fund helps to defray some of the costs associated with the ARE.