How to acquire a NYS License

In order to become licensed one needs to fulfill an education requirement, experience requirement and examination requirement. Go to the NYS Education Department website to find a path that suits your situation.



If you are doing a traditional path you will need a NAAB accredited 5-year program, B.Arch degree, and to complete the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) with additional time that adds to 3 years of experience post-your B.Arch degree) and The Architecture Registration Examination (ARE). All of this is logged through NCARB, go here to create your account. (

Architectural Experience Program

The Architectural Experience Program™ (AXP™) provides a framework to guide you through gaining and recording your professional experience. Developed by NCARB, the program is required by most U.S. jurisdictions and is a key step on the path to earning a license.

Through the AXP, you'll learn how to safely and competently handle the scenarios you’ll face as an architect. With broad experience areas that reflect the current phases of practice, the program prepares you for everything from site design to project management.


Download the AXP Guidelines ( for complete program rules and requirements.


Note that NCARB has a minimum for AXP hours, but NYS requires 3 years of Architectural Experience to become licensed. Do note that you can begin to log your hours while completing your professional degree.

ARE (Architecture Registration Examination)

The ARE (Architectural Registration Exam) is an important step in becoming a licensed/registered architect. In NYS you can begin to take the AREs once you have verified your professional degree in your NCARB account and when you have completed a form for NYS Department of Education and pay a registration fee. 

Here is the form. (

Once NYS has approved your form, your NCARB account will be updated and you should be able to register for exams at that time.

If you are starting or working on ARE 5.0, find more information with the ARE Handbook.



For more information provided by NCARB visit this page. (


For answers to some of your questions on ARE 5.0, check out NCARB’s ARE 5.0 Community.


Additional Contact Information:

New York State Education Department - Office of the Professions

89 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12234-1000

(518) 474-3817, ext. 1570   |   (518) 474-1449 (fax)   |


NCARB - National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

1801 K Street NW Suite 700K, Washington, DC, 20006

Phone: (202) 879-0520   |  Fax: (202) 783-0290 |


NCARB - Licensing Advisors:

Mr. Thomas L. Penn AIA (Islip Area) - 516.567.3024 -

Mr. Robert Cody AIA (Old Westbury Area) - 516.686.7041 -