board of 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.
Important Information (Hot Topics)
Architect – Effective March 1, 2013
Architect Examination Candidates
Important changes to the exam process will begin July 1, 2013
NCARB is launching a new exam portal which will allow easy access to your exam history, rolling clock dates, new score reports and authorization to test information.
> No exams will be scheduled or administered for July 1, 2013 or later until the blackout period ends. The blackout period will last at least eight weeks.
> State boards cannot enter/create exam eligibilities during the blackout period.
> A 12 week rolling clock extension will be granted to all candidates, post-blackout.
> Plan ahead by reviewing your exams to see how the blackout period will impact you.
> Make note of your candidate ID and authorization to test numbers prior to June 30, 2013.
> Make sure your NCARB Record is active. Post-blackout you will schedule future exams and access score reports through your Record.
All exam divisions passed prior to January 1, 2006 that were exempt from the rolling clock will expire on July 1, 2014. You must complete all divisions of the ARE by July 1, 2014 to avoid those exempted divisions from expiring. No extension to this deadline will be granted.
Please visit the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARBs) web site for up to date information regarding the 2013 Black Out for the New ARE System and Changes to the Exam Process in 2013.
Interior Design Examination Candidates
The Board of Architecture and Interior Design consists of 11 members: 5 architects, 3 interior designers and 3 consumer members.
Methods of Licensure:
By Endorsement - Yes
By Examination - Yes
By Reciprocity - No
Business Entity - Yes
A breakdown of application and licensure fees is provided with application packets.
Examination Information - Architects
The Architecture Registration Examination (ARE) is a 7-part computerized national examination given 6 days a week at Sylvan Learning Centers nationwide. For the total fee for this examination, please visit www.ncarb.org.
Effective July 1, 2012 – Direct Registration through NCARB
Examination candidates no longer apply to the Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design to be admitted to the Architectural Registration Examination (ARE). Examination candidates that meet Florida licensure requirements will apply directly to NCARB to begin taking the ARE.
Please click the link below for additional information:
Initial Licensure by Examination/NCARB Direct Registration
This does not apply to examination candidates that were approved by the Florida Board and were taking the ARE prior to July 1, 2012. Examination candidates currently testing will continue to take the exam through Prometric and must complete NCARB IDP prior to licensure.
Examination Information - Interior Designers
The National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ) examination is a 3-part examination offered in April and October each year. For the total fee for this examination, please visit www.ncidq.org. To be approved for examination you must submit a Florida Interior Design Examination Application package to the department. Please click on “Apply For/Update Licenses” to apply online or download the application.
Information for Licensees
Biennial License Renewal Fee
Architect = $125
Interior Designer = $125
Business Entity = $125
The fees above include a $5 unlicensed activity fee.
Continuing Education Requirement
Both architects and interior designers are required to obtain educational instruction or training, in subjects or courses approved by the Board, prior to the license expiration date.
Architects are required to complete 24 hours of continuing education (22 hours in health, safety, and welfare related courses and 2 hours in the Florida Building Code advance course). Refer to the Architecture Continuing Education Handbook for additional information.
Interior Designers are required to complete 20 hours of continuing education (14 hours in health, safety, and welfare related courses, 2 hours in the Florida Building Code advance course, and 4 hours in optional or health, safety, and welfare related courses). Refer to the Interior Design Continuing Education Handbook for additional information.
Advanced Course Requirement
Licensees are required to obtain a minimum of 2 hours of continuing education by completing an approved provider’s specialized or advanced course, approved by the Florida Building Commission, on the Florida Building Code, relating to the licensee’s respective area of practice for future renewals. Licensees are advised to verify the course validity before attending the course.
Continuing Education Information
The Bureau of Education and Testing is responsible for the management of continuing education providers and courses. Below are shortcuts to their continuing education pages.
Continuing education main page
Continuing education policy
List of continuing education providers and courses, and hours required
Reporting requirement for criminal convictions
As of October 1, 2009, Section 455.227(1)(t), Florida Statutes requires all professional licensees to report to the department within 30 days of being convicted or found guilty of, or having plead nolo contendere or guilty to a crime in any jurisdiction. The statute also requires the reporting of any convictions that occurred prior to October 1, 2009. A licensee who fails to report that information may be subject to disciplinary action, including fines, suspension or license revocation. To report this information, complete the criminal self-reporting document and mail it to this address:
Smith, Thompson, Shaw, Minacci & Colón, P.A.
3520 Thomasville Road, 4th Floor
Tallahassee, Florida 32309
Information for Continuing Education Providers
Architecture Continuing Education Provider (AID 4003)
Architecture Continuing Education Course (AID 4003)
Interior Design Continuing Education Provider (ID 4002)
Interior Design Continuing Education Course (ID 4002)
To file a complaint
The law firm of Smith, Thompson, Shaw, Minacci & Colón, P.A. investigates and prosecutes the professions of architecture and interior design. To file a complaint pertaining to architecture or interior design, please visit their site at: www.stslaw.com/board-of-architecture-interior-design.
Links and Resources
Rule Chapter 61G1-16, Florida Administrative Code (SEALS AND PLANS)