To become an architect in Minnesota, you must satisfy:

  • An Education Requirement – an NAAB Accredited Professional Degree (B.ARCH. OR M.ARCH)
  • An Experience Requirement – through the Architectural Experience Program (AXP)
  • And an Examination Requirement –  the Architect Registration Examination (ARE)

The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) assesses candidates for their knowledge, skills, and ability to provide the various services required in the practice of architecture. The ARE is a 7-section, computer-based exam that concentrates on those architectural services that most affect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The current cost for taking the ARE is $1,470 ($210 per test). NCARB Rolling Clock rule gives those taking the ARE five years to complete all seven sections.

ARE Resources

Click here for the Path to Licensure, a step-by-step guide to taking the ARE’s and becoming licensed in Minnesota.
Click here for the NCARB ARE Guidelines.

is the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. NCARB administers the ARE.
AELSLAGID is the Minnesota State Board of Registration for architects and other professions. 651-757-1518

How does AIA Minnesota support those taking the ARE?

ARE Reviews

The AIA Minnesota Architect Licensing Advisory Committee organizes review seminars for each section of the exam. These reviews are typically scheduled as follows:
February – ARE 101
March –  Site Planning & Design
March – Schematic Design
April – Building Design & Construction Systems
May – Structural Systems
September 29 – Construction Documents & Services – sign up now!
November 8 – Programming, Planning & Practice

For details and online registration for current ARE Reviews visit Continuing Education Opportunities page.

ARE Lending Library

AIA Minnesota has established a lending library of study materials from Kaplan Architecture (purchased by Brightwood Education and rebranded as such as of April 2016) and Professional Publications, Inc. that cover all sections of the exam. The materials are available to AIA Associate members only and can be checked out of the office for a period of 14 days. The lending library is free.
Click here for a complete list of books and lending library details (pdf). Contact Deanna Christiansen to confirm availability of library materials.

ARE Scholarship

The AIA Minnesota Architect Licensing Advisory Committee coordinates awarding a scholarship to an AIA Minnesota Associate member to cover the costs of all sections of the Architect Registration Exam, within the parameters defined in the application. Test fees currently total $1,470 for all seven sections of the 4.0 exam. Due to the transition from ARE 4.0 to 5.0, the 2017 scholarship awarded will total UP TO $1,470.

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