2017 Renewal Information

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.

Software to electronically sign and seal documents (PEDDS)

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Declaratory Statement

2015 Renewal Information

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.

Letter to all Florida Interior Design and Architecture Program Administrators and Educators regarding the use of the term “Interior Architecture”

Architect – Effective March 1, 2013

Changes to the continuing education requirements for the 2015 renewal

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.

Changes effective July 1, 2012 – Initial Licensure by Examination/NCARB Direct Registration

HB 517 was approved by Governor Rick Scott on April 6, 2012 and reduces the continuing education required to activate an inactive license. You now only have to complete one renewal cycle of continuing education instead of completing continuing education for all the renewal cycles your license was in an inactive status. Applicants will need to provide proof of completing the continuing education requirements in effect at the last renewal date immediately prior to their application. Those requirements include 20 hours of continuing education.  Of those 20 hours; 14 hours must be in the category of health, safety, and welfare courses, 2 hours must be in the category of the Florida Building Code advanced courses, and 4 hours can be optional courses or health, safety, and welfare courses.  Locate courses at > Our Businesses and Professions > Find a CE Course.

2013 Renewal Information

Student PSA Film Contest

DBPR and AIA Florida are excited to announce the winners of their co-sponsored architecture student video contest. Seventeen videos were entered from students around the state, and three teams produced the best videos about the importance of consumers hiring a licensed architect.

Team Musgrave/Usbeck from Florida International University came in first place, receiving a grand prize of $500. The two runners up were Team M&K Production and Team Drescher/Arroyave, both also from Florida International University. The runners up received $250 each. The winning videos can be found online at

2013 Audit Information

2011 Audit Information

Board of Architecture and Interior Design receives an Opinion from Judge Hinkle for Locke v. Shore

Federal District Judge Robert L. Hinkle has entered an order, Opinion on the Merits, in the case of Locke v. Shore in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida. Under this ruling a person must be a registered interior designer to provide commercial interior design services in the State of Florida. However, any person may use the title “interior designer” regardless of whether or not they hold a Florida license. A person may provide residential interior design services and may advertise herself/himself as an “interior designer” without a license. This ruling does not change the statutes in Chapter 481 but does impact how the Board enforces the statutes.

2011 Renewal Information

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Board of Architecture and Interior Design
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