Paperless Licensing, effective 11/07/2018

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation is excited to announce an advancement in how we license architects and interior designers in the State of Florida.
The Department has implemented an innovative way to expedite the licensing process for architects and interior designers. The Department will no longer be mailing licenses upon issuance, as licensees can now print their licenses by logging into their secure online account with the Department. This will allow new licensees to enter the work force at least 7 to 10 business days early, whereas, in the past, they would have to wait for the license to arrive in the mail. In addition to new licenses, this process will allow licensees to renew online and print the license at their convenience, as well as print duplicate licenses as needed without paying a fee.

Architecture & Interior Design

Architecture and Interior Design

Krista Woodard, Executive Director

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.

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

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 Types Continuing Education Requirements Fee Expiration Date
Architect 24 hours of CE – minimum of 22 hours in health, safety, and welfare related courses; 2 hours in Florida Building Code advanced courses.
(Continuing Education hours must be completed the previous two calendar years, January 1 odd year to December 31 even year)
$125 2/28/ODD Year
Architect Business None $125 2/28/ODD Year
Interior Designer 20 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.
(Continuing Education hours must be completed the previous 24 months, March 1 odd year to February 28 odd year)
$125 2/28/ODD Year
Interior Design Business None $125 2/28/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.

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