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. 


AELSLAGID Board Allows Direct Application to NCARB for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) 

The Board of Architecture, Engineering, Land Surveying, Landscape Architecture, Geoscience and Interior Design (Board) is pleased to announce that its rule modifications allowing for applicants to apply directly to NCARB for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) will be effective on May 13, 2019. Once fully implemented, applicants will no longer need to submit an application to the Board to sit for or retake sections of the exam. Instead, applicants will apply directly to NCARB to complete both the examination and experience requirements. After passing all sections of the ARE and documenting all AXP experience, individuals will submit an application for licensure and complete NCARB Record to the Board.

The Board is working closely with NCARB to ensure a smooth transition for applicants. When the new procedures are in place, individuals currently testing can expect to receive instructions about the transition in the next exam results letter they receive from the Board. New applicants will follow the procedures outlined on the Board’s website to begin their application with NCARB. The new procedures will streamline the application process and eliminate the need for multiple applications to the Board for exam retakes. The Board appreciates your patience during the transition and looks forward to continuing to efficiently serve the needs of its applicants while fulfilling its mission of public protection.

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 $1,410 for all six divisions of the 5.0 exam.
2021 Scholarship application deadline is February 12. 

The 2020 Scholarship recipient is Miranda Moen, Assoc. AIA. Visit 2020 ARE Essay to read Mirand’s winning essay.

ARE Reviews Sessions

2020 ARE Reviews
SPRING – Registration now open
Construction & Evaluation – March 9, 4:00-6:00 pm
Practice Management and Project Management – April 20 and 27, 4:00-6:00 pm
Programming & Analysis – May 18, 3:30-7:00 pm
PDD and PPD – Focus on Structural Systems
PDD and PPD – Focus on Mechanical and Electrical Systems

Black Spectacles Tutorials

AIA Minnesota provides subscriptions to the Black Spectacles tutorials at a discounted and subsidized rate for AIA Minnesota members. The next three-month subscription is February 1 to April 30, 2020. Visit Black Spectacles Subscription for more details.

ARE Lending Library

AIA Minnesota has established a lending library of study materials from Brightwood Education and Professional Publications, Inc. for all sections of the 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 Caralyn Kieper for details.

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

Other ARE Resources

NCARB is the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. NCARB administers the ARE.

NCARB ARE 5.0 Guidelines

A Webinar for ARE Testing covering the updated demo exam, the new digital whiteboard, online proctoring, and exam strategies.
What to Expect on Exam Day

Guide to Online Proctoring
A Webinar on Tips for Setting Up an Online Proctored Test Environment

AELSLAGID is the Minnesota State Board of Registration for architects and other professions. 651-296-2380; 651-757-1518

Firm contacts

Is there someone in your firm who can be our point of contact to receive AXP and ARE info? Click here for details and how to sign up. 

How can we support you?

Contact committee co-chairs: Matt Wingard, Assoc. AIA and Gary Demele, FAIA; or staff liaison Deanna Christiansen.