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)
Reminder: Shortened ARE Retake Policy Goes Into Effect October 1, 2014
Beginning October 1, 2014, candidates who have failed a division of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) will be able to retake the division as soon as 60 days after the previous attempt and up to three times in a running year.
Candidates who have recently failed a division of the ARE may want to wait to schedule their retake until after October 1 to take advantage of the new policy, as this change will be applied to all new exam eligibilities and those not already used to schedule an appointment. Any retakes scheduled before October 1 will be subject to the current six-month retake policy and will not be able to be rescheduled under the shortened retake policy.
This change is possible because of the 2013 implementation of My Examination, a system that now provides NCARB with sophisticated technology to manage candidate services. This crucial improvement allows NCARB to decrease the wait time between retesting on a division while ensuring the protection of exam content.
Learn more about this new policy on NCARB’s Blog.
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.
Architect Examination Candidates
The Architectural Registration Examination (ARE) 5.0 is coming soon. Begin preparing for the transition now by visiting NCARB’s web page and review the ARE 5.0 transition plan.
Please visit the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARBs) web site for up to date information regarding the ARE.
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.
Interior Design Examination Candidates
The National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) examination is changing 2013. Please visit NCIDQ’s web site for up to date information regarding the NCIDQ examination.
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
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)