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.
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.
NCARB 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?
The AIA Minnesota Architect Licensing Advisory Committee organizes review seminars for each section of the exam. These reviews are typically scheduled as follows:
February 16 – ARE 101
March 23 – Site Planning & Design
March 30 – Schematic Design
April 21 and 27 – Building Design & Construction Systems
May 10, 17, 24 (tentative) – Structural Systems
September – Construction Documents & Services
October – Building Systems (tentative)
November – 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.
The AIA Minnesota Architect Licensing Advisory Committee coordinates awarding a scholarship to an AIA Minnesota Associate member for completing and passing all sections of the Architect Registration Exam. Test fees currently total $1,470 for all seven sections of the 4.0 Exam.