In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 8-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards. Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
The University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design, Department of Architecture, offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:
|M. Arch Option 3||72 Graduate Credits|
|M. Arch Option 2||120 Credits + 48 Graduate Credits|
Next accreditation visit for all programs: 2023
In addition to NAAB criteria and information, here is a notice from the UC Office of the President regarding professional licensure and certification.
- Architectural Licensure Information
- National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
- The California Architects Board
Professional work experience is typically tracked through the National Council of Architectural Registration boards (N.C.A.R.B.). The NCARB and the department of architecture hold informational meetings for students throughout the year.
An assigned NCARB mentor is available for students, attends the annual cal day event to meet incoming students and parents, and provides licensure information for distribution at the annual C.E.D. career day. The current NCARB faculty mentor is Keith Plymale, a continuing lecturer on the architecture faculty who is licensed in the states of California, Florida, and Kentucky.
To become a licensed architect, you will need to complete several steps designed to build skills and ensure readiness to competently to design buildings.
In most U.S. states and territories, you’ll need a degree from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The CED Masters degree program is NAAB-accredited. To see all accredited programs visit: naab.org
The NCARB’s Architectural Experience Program (AXP) provides a framework to document experience in a broad range of areas. The AXP is split into areas that mirror the phases of a typical architecture project and identify 96 key skills you will practice as an architect. To complete the program, you’ll submit experience reports and track your growth, documenting a total of 3,740 hours earned in a personal NCARB Record.
The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) 5.0 is a multi-part test made up of six divisions. Each U.S. jurisdiction requires that you pass the ARE. https://www.ncarb.org
The California Architects Board was created in 1901 by the California Legislature to fulfill the mission of protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public through the regulation of the practice of architecture in California. The Board establishes regulations for examination and licensing of the profession of architecture in California. There are over 21,000 licensed architects and approximately 10,000 candidates who are in the process of meeting examination and licensure requirements. https://www.cab.ca.gov