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. Currently the exam is in transition from the 4.0 version of the exam to the 5.0 version of the exam, with both being offered concurrently through June 30, 2018.


How does AIA Minnesota support those taking the ARE?

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 2018 scholarship awarded will total UP TO $1,470.

The 2018 Scholarship recipient is John Kretchmer, Assoc. AIA. Visit 2018 ARE Scholarship for more details and a look at John’s winning essay.

ARE Reviews

This fall we have our first 5.0 review sessions scheduled. Details and registration will be available soon.

September 20: Project Planning & Design and Project Development & Documentation with a focus on mechanical and electrical

October 4: Project Planning & Design and Project Development & Documentation with a focus on structural systems

October 11: Practice Management and Project Management

October 25: Programming & Analysis

November 14: Construction & Evaluation

Black Spectacles Tutorials

AIA Minnesota will be providing subscriptions at a discounted and subsidized rate for AIA Minnesota members.
Visit AIA MN Black Spectacles Subscription for more details.

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. for all sections of the 4.0 and 5.0 exams.

Lending library 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 (pdf) for a complete list of books and lending library details. Contact Deanna Christiansen to confirm availability of library materials.

AIA Northern Minnesota. A set of the six Brightwood books is also available for use in Duluth. Contact David Booth, AIA, for details.

Additionally, we are willing to help establish either face-to-face study groups or virtual study groups. 

Other 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 4.0 Guidelines.
Click here for the NCARB ARE 5.0 Guidelines.

Click here for the NCARB AXP 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 can we support you?

Let us know how you think we can best support you during this transition period. Contact committee co-chairs: Kyle Burr, Assoc. AIA and Jeremy VanMinsel, AIA; or staff liaison Deanna Christiansen.