Experience


Additional Experience for CSE Eligibility

Following fulfillment of the five year educational requirement, candidates must complete an additional three years of education and/or work experience equivalents and successfully complete the ARE in order to be eligible to take the California Supplemental Examination (CSE). This requirement will apply to most candidates in one of two ways:

  • Candidates who are required to complete the AXP requirement: Candidates will be granted a maximum of five years of experience upon completion of AXP. Verification of completion of AXP must be provided by NCARB directly to the Board.
  • Candidates who are not required to complete the AXP requirement: These candidates must still obtain three additional years of education and/or work experience credit (following fulfillment of the educational requirement) prior to being eligible to take the CSE, including at least one year of work experience under the direct supervision of an architect licensed in a US jurisdiction or two years of work experience under the direct supervision of an architect registered in a Canadian province. Such candidates should use the Employment Verification Form (PDF, 57K) to provide evidence of work experience.

Work Experience Defined

"Work Experience" may refer to experience that candidates use to meet the educational requirement or the additional three years of experience required prior to a candidate being eligible to take the CSE. For most candidates, the additional three years of experience is obtained while fulfilling the AXP requirement.

Examination

The examination aspect of licensure is satisfied by successfully completing both the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) and the California Supplemental Examination (CSE). Detailed information is available about each examination in their respective section of this website.