Abbreviations

Below are a list of acronyms and initialisms found on the Board’s website.

ADA
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) (Public Law 101–336; 42 USC Sec 12101 et seq.) prohibits discrimination against an individual with a disability on the basis of that disability in specified situations, including: employment opportunities, access to public accommodations, services, and transportation.
ACSA
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) is a nonprofit, membership association founded in 1912 to advance the quality of architectural education in the United States and abroad.
AIA
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is a professional organization for architects in the United States.
AIACC
The American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) is a sub-organization of The American Institute of Architects; it is a professional organization for architects in California.
AIAS
The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is a national organization for college-level students of architecture.
APA
The Architects Practice Act (Act) is a collection of statutes and regulations for the practice of architecture in California. All candidates and licensees are expected to know the APA.
ARE
The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) is the national computerized architectural licensing examination consisting of multiple divisons.
AXP
The Architecture Experience Program (AXP) is required of all new [unlicensed] candidates in the US. Interns must complete thousands of hours of experience in multiple key areas which are based on current model of architectural practice.
BERF
The Business Entity Report Form (BERF) is required of all licensees which includes information about the entity through which the architect provides services.
BPC
The Business and Professions Code (BPC) is a section California’s laws regarding businesses and licensed professionals.
BPELSG
The Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists (BPELSG) is California’s regulatory authority for individuals in the field of engineering (agricultural, chemical, civil, control system, corrosion, electrical, fire protection, industrial, manufacturing, mechanical, metallurgical, nuclear, petroleum, quality, safety, structural, and traffic), geology (certified engineering geologists, certified hydrogeologists, geotechnical engineering, geologists, and geophysicists), and land surveying (land surveyors and photogrammetrists).
CAB or Board
The California Architects Board (CAB or Board) is California’s regulatory authority for architects.
CACB
The Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) is a non-profit corporation comprising the legally constituted architectural registration boards of the canadian provinces of Canada. Its mission is to protect public health, safety, and welfare by leading the regulation of the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for licensure and credentialing of architects.
CALA
Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA)
CCR
The California Code of Regulations (CCR) is California’s regulatory law approved by the Office of Administrative Law.
CE
Continuing Education (CE) on disability access is a requirement of all California architects.
CSE
The California Supplemental Examination (CSE) is the California computerized architectural licensing examination required of all candidates seeking licensure in California.
CSLB
The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is California’s a regulatory authority for contractors.
DSA
The California Department of General Services (DGS)—Division of the State Architect (DSA) provides design and construction oversight for K–12 schools, community colleges, and various other state-owned and leased facilities. The DSA also develops accessibility, structural safety, fire and life safety, and historical building codes and standards utilized in various public and private buildings throughout California.
ESBSSA
The Essential Services Buildings Seismic Safety Act of 1986 (ESBSSA)
IAP
The Internship in Architecture Program (IAP) is required of all new [unlicensed] candidates in Canada. Interns must complete thousands of hours of experience in multiple key areas which are based on current architectural practice.
IDP
The Intern Development Program (IDP) is the former intern program required of all candidates. The program is now referred to as the Architecture Experience Program (AXP).
ITIN
The Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is an alternative to a Social Security Number.
NAAB
The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) is the sole authority for accredited US professional degree programs for architecture; NAAB develops standards and procedures to verify that each accredited program meets certain standards in the education of students studying architecture.
NCARB
The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is a non-profit corporation comprising the legally constituted architectural registration boards of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands as its members. Its mission is to protect public health, safety, and welfare by leading the regulation of the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for licensure and credentialing of architects.
OA
The Occupational Analysis (OA) serves as the basis for determining what comprises of the practice of architecture.
PQC
The Professional Qualifications Committee (PQC)
REC
The Regulatory and Enforcement Committee (REC)
SSN
The Social Security Number (SSN)
TFCP
The Task Force on Committee Procedures (TFCP)