Architecture & Interior Design

Architecture and Interior Design

The Board of Architecture and Interior Design is responsible for licensing and regulating architects and interior designers. The board meets regularly to consider applications for licensure, to review disciplinary cases, and to conduct informal hearings relating to licensure and discipline. The board engages in rulemaking to implement the provisions set forth in its statutes and conducts other general business, as necessary.

Getting Started In Architecture & Interior Design

Architect

AR – An “architect” renders or offers services in connection with the design and construction of a structure or group of structures which have as their principal purpose as human habitation or use, and the utilization of space within and surrounding such structures. These services include planning, providing preliminary study designs, drawings and specifications, job-site inspection, and administration of construction contracts.

Architecture Business

AA – An “architecture business” renders or offers services in connection with the design and construction of a structure or group of structures which have as their principal purpose as human habitation or use, and the utilization of space within and surrounding such structures. These services include planning, providing preliminary study designs, drawings and specifications, job-site inspection, and administration of construction contracts.

Interior Designer

ID – An “interior designer” designs, consults, studies, draws, and manages design construction contracts relating to nonstructural interior elements of a building or structure. A “nonstructural element” means an element which does not require structural bracing and which is something other than a load-bearing wall, load-bearing column, or other load-bearing element of a building or structure which is essential to the structural integrity of the building. “Interior design” includes, but is not limited to: reflected ceiling plans, space planning, furnishings, and the fabrication of nonstructural elements within and surrounding interior spaces of buildings. “Reflected ceiling plan” means a ceiling design plan which is laid out as if it were projected downward and which may include lighting and other elements. “Space planning” means the analysis, programming, or design of spacial requirements, including preliminary space layouts and final planning. “Interior design” specifically excludes the design of or the responsibility for architectural and engineering work, except for specification of fixtures and their location within interior spaces.

Interior Design Business

IB – An “interior design business” designs, consults, studies, draws, and manages design construction contracts relating to nonstructural interior elements of a building or structure. A “nonstructural element” means an element which does not require structural bracing and which is something other than a load-bearing wall, load-bearing column, or other load-bearing element of a building or structure which is essential to the structural integrity of the building. “Interior design” includes, but is not limited to: reflected ceiling plans, space planning, furnishings, and the fabrication of nonstructural elements within and surrounding interior spaces of buildings. “Reflected ceiling plan” means a ceiling design plan which is laid out as if it were projected downward and which may include lighting and other elements. “Space planning” means the analysis, programming, or design of spacial requirements, including preliminary space layouts and final planning. “Interior design” specifically excludes the design of or the responsibility for architectural and engineering work, except for specification of fixtures and their location within interior spaces.

The requirements for becoming licensed in Florida are described in the statutes and rules.  Choose a license type to apply.

Architecture
  • Architect – Professional Licensure for Military Personnel/Veterans/Military Spouses (MVL 003) Start Now
  • Architect – Initial Licensure by Examination / NCARB Direct Registration (AR 1) Start Now
  • Architect – NCARB Certified Endorsement Applicant (AR 6) Start Now
  • Architect – State Endorsement Applicant (AR 8) Start Now
  • Architect – Direct Endorsement Applicant (AR 8) Start Now
  • Architect – Threshold Building Inspection Certification (AR 2) Start Now
  • Architecture Certificate of Authorization, aka Business License – Corporation (AR 5) Start Now
  • Architecture Certificate of Authorization, aka Business License – Fictitious Name (AR 5) Start Now
  • Architecture Certificate of Authorization, aka Business License – Partnership (AR 5) Start Now
  • Architecture Certificate of Authorization, aka Business License – Limited Liability (AR 5) Start Now
  • Architecture Continuing Education Provider (AID 4003) Start Now
  • Architecture Continuing Education Course (AID 4003) Start Now
Interior Design
    • Interior Designer – Professional Licensure for Military Personnel/Veterans/Military Spouses (MVL 003) Start Now
    • Interior Designer – Application to take the National Council of Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ) Exam (ID 1) Start Now
    • Interior Designer – Endorsement Applicant (ID 4) Start Now
    • Architect Seeking a Separate Interior Designer License (AR 4) Start Now
    • Interior Design Certificate of Authorization, aka Business License – Corporation (ID 3) Start Now
    • Interior Design Certificate of Authorization, aka Business License – Fictitious Name (ID 3) Start Now
    • Interior Design Certificate of Authorization, aka Business License – Partnership (ID 3) Start Now
    • Interior Design Certificate of Authorization, aka Business License – Limited Liability (ID 3) Start Now
    • Architect Business Seeking a Separate Interior Design Business License (AR 4) Start Now
    • Interior Design Continuing Education Provider (ID 4002) Start Now
    • Interior Design Continuing Education Course (ID 4002) Start Now

Examination Information

The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) is available in computer-based testing format and is offered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). For testing locations and additional information, visit the NCARB website.

The National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ) examination is available in computer-based format and is offered by the Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ). For testing locations and additional information, visit the CIDQ website.

For more information, including examination reviews, visit the Examination Information page.

Fee Waiver Applications

Architect
    • Architect – Reinstatement of a Null and Void License due to Hardship (AR-ID 3) Start Now
    • Architect – Activate an Inactive License (AR 3) Start Now
    • Architect – Placement of a License to Voluntary Null and Void Status (NV 1) Start Now
    • Architect – Request for Duplicate License, Name Change, Address Change, Renewal, or Inactive Status (AR-ID 1) Start Now
    • Architect Business – Name Change (AR-ID 2) Start Now
    • Architect Business – Request for Duplicate License, Address Change, Renewal, More (AR-ID 2) Start Now
Interior Designer
      • Interior Designer – Reinstatement of a Null and Void License due to Hardship (AR-ID 3) Start Now
      • Interior Designer – Activate an Inactive License (ID 2) Start Now
      • Interior Designer – Placement of a License to Voluntary Null and Void Status (NV 1) Start Now
      • Interior Designer – Request for Duplicate License, Name Change, Address Change, Renewal, or Inactive Status (AR-ID 1) Start Now
      • Interior Design Business – Name Change (AR-ID 2) Start Now
      • Interior Design Business – Request for Duplicate License, Address Change, Renewal, More (AR-ID 2) Start Now

Education Course List

Continuing Education (Advance Course, General, Optional, Health, Safety & Welfare)

You may also use the department’s Find a CE Course tool to locate specific subject areas or course topics.

License TypesContinuing Education RequirementsFeeExpiration Date
Architect24 hours of CE – minimum of 22 hours in health, safety, and welfare related courses; 2 hours in Florida Building Code advanced courses.$1252/28/ODD Year
Architect BusinessNone$1252/28/ODD Year
Interior Designer20 hours of CE – minimum of 14 hours in health, safety, and welfare related courses; 2 hours in Florida Building Code advanced courses; 4 hours in optional or health, safety, and welfare related courses.$1252/28/ODD Year
Interior Design BusinessNone$1252/28/ODD Year

Need Help?

All requests for publications, documents, forms, applications for licenses, permits and other similar certifications can be obtained by contacting the Customer Contact Center.

Krista Woodard, Executive Director

Division of Professions
Board of Architecture and Interior Design
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0791

Telephone: 850.487.1395
Facsimile: 850.488.8040

Architecture & Interior Design

Architecture and Interior Design

The Board of Architecture and Interior Design is responsible for licensing and regulating architects and interior designers. The board meets regularly to consider applications for licensure, to review disciplinary cases, and to conduct informal hearings relating to licensure and discipline. The board engages in rulemaking to implement the provisions set forth in its statutes and conducts other general business, as necessary.

Getting Started In Architecture & Interior Design

Architect

AR – An “architect” renders or offers services in connection with the design and construction of a structure or group of structures which have as their principal purpose as human habitation or use, and the utilization of space within and surrounding such structures. These services include planning, providing preliminary study designs, drawings and specifications, job-site inspection, and administration of construction contracts.

Architecture Business

AA – An “architecture business” renders or offers services in connection with the design and construction of a structure or group of structures which have as their principal purpose as human habitation or use, and the utilization of space within and surrounding such structures. These services include planning, providing preliminary study designs, drawings and specifications, job-site inspection, and administration of construction contracts.

Interior Designer

ID – An “interior designer” designs, consults, studies, draws, and manages design construction contracts relating to nonstructural interior elements of a building or structure. A “nonstructural element” means an element which does not require structural bracing and which is something other than a load-bearing wall, load-bearing column, or other load-bearing element of a building or structure which is essential to the structural integrity of the building. “Interior design” includes, but is not limited to: reflected ceiling plans, space planning, furnishings, and the fabrication of nonstructural elements within and surrounding interior spaces of buildings. “Reflected ceiling plan” means a ceiling design plan which is laid out as if it were projected downward and which may include lighting and other elements. “Space planning” means the analysis, programming, or design of spacial requirements, including preliminary space layouts and final planning. “Interior design” specifically excludes the design of or the responsibility for architectural and engineering work, except for specification of fixtures and their location within interior spaces.

Interior Design Business

IB – An “interior design business” designs, consults, studies, draws, and manages design construction contracts relating to nonstructural interior elements of a building or structure. A “nonstructural element” means an element which does not require structural bracing and which is something other than a load-bearing wall, load-bearing column, or other load-bearing element of a building or structure which is essential to the structural integrity of the building. “Interior design” includes, but is not limited to: reflected ceiling plans, space planning, furnishings, and the fabrication of nonstructural elements within and surrounding interior spaces of buildings. “Reflected ceiling plan” means a ceiling design plan which is laid out as if it were projected downward and which may include lighting and other elements. “Space planning” means the analysis, programming, or design of spacial requirements, including preliminary space layouts and final planning. “Interior design” specifically excludes the design of or the responsibility for architectural and engineering work, except for specification of fixtures and their location within interior spaces.

The requirements for becoming licensed in Florida are described in the statutes and rules.  Choose a license type to apply.

Architecture
  • Architect – Professional Licensure for Military Personnel/Veterans/Military Spouses (MVL 003) Start Now
  • Architect – Initial Licensure by Examination / NCARB Direct Registration (AR 1) Start Now
  • Architect – NCARB Certified Endorsement Applicant (AR 6) Start Now
  • Architect – State Endorsement Applicant (AR 8) Start Now
  • Architect – Direct Endorsement Applicant (AR 8) Start Now
  • Architect – Threshold Building Inspection Certification (AR 2) Start Now
  • Architecture Certificate of Authorization, aka Business License – Corporation (AR 5) Start Now
  • Architecture Certificate of Authorization, aka Business License – Fictitious Name (AR 5) Start Now
  • Architecture Certificate of Authorization, aka Business License – Partnership (AR 5) Start Now
  • Architecture Certificate of Authorization, aka Business License – Limited Liability (AR 5) Start Now
  • Architecture Continuing Education Provider (AID 4003) Start Now
  • Architecture Continuing Education Course (AID 4003) Start Now
Interior Design
    • Interior Designer – Professional Licensure for Military Personnel/Veterans/Military Spouses (MVL 003) Start Now
    • Interior Designer – Application to take the National Council of Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ) Exam (ID 1) Start Now
    • Interior Designer – Endorsement Applicant (ID 4) Start Now
    • Architect Seeking a Separate Interior Designer License (AR 4) Start Now
    • Interior Design Certificate of Authorization, aka Business License – Corporation (ID 3) Start Now
    • Interior Design Certificate of Authorization, aka Business License – Fictitious Name (ID 3) Start Now
    • Interior Design Certificate of Authorization, aka Business License – Partnership (ID 3) Start Now
    • Interior Design Certificate of Authorization, aka Business License – Limited Liability (ID 3) Start Now
    • Architect Business Seeking a Separate Interior Design Business License (AR 4) Start Now
    • Interior Design Continuing Education Provider (ID 4002) Start Now
    • Interior Design Continuing Education Course (ID 4002) Start Now

Examination Information

The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) is available in computer-based testing format and is offered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). For testing locations and additional information, visit the NCARB website.

The National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ) examination is available in computer-based format and is offered by the Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ). For testing locations and additional information, visit the CIDQ website.

For more information, including examination reviews, visit the Examination Information page.

Fee Waiver Applications

Architect
    • Architect – Reinstatement of a Null and Void License due to Hardship (AR-ID 3) Start Now
    • Architect – Activate an Inactive License (AR 3) Start Now
    • Architect – Placement of a License to Voluntary Null and Void Status (NV 1) Start Now
    • Architect – Request for Duplicate License, Name Change, Address Change, Renewal, or Inactive Status (AR-ID 1) Start Now
    • Architect Business – Name Change (AR-ID 2) Start Now
    • Architect Business – Request for Duplicate License, Address Change, Renewal, More (AR-ID 2) Start Now
Interior Designer
      • Interior Designer – Reinstatement of a Null and Void License due to Hardship (AR-ID 3) Start Now
      • Interior Designer – Activate an Inactive License (ID 2) Start Now
      • Interior Designer – Placement of a License to Voluntary Null and Void Status (NV 1) Start Now
      • Interior Designer – Request for Duplicate License, Name Change, Address Change, Renewal, or Inactive Status (AR-ID 1) Start Now
      • Interior Design Business – Name Change (AR-ID 2) Start Now
      • Interior Design Business – Request for Duplicate License, Address Change, Renewal, More (AR-ID 2) Start Now

Education Course Lists

Continuing Education (Advance Course, General, Optional, Health, Safety & Welfare)

License TypesContinuing Education RequirementsFeeExpiration Date
Architect24 hours of CE – minimum of 22 hours in health, safety, and welfare related courses; 2 hours in Florida Building Code advanced courses.$1252/28/ODD Year
Architect BusinessNone$1252/28/ODD Year
Interior Designer20 hours of CE – minimum of 14 hours in health, safety, and welfare related courses; 2 hours in Florida Building Code advanced courses; 4 hours in optional or health, safety, and welfare related courses.$1252/28/ODD Year
Interior Design BusinessNone$1252/28/ODD Year