California Architects Board

The California Architects Board (Board) was created in 1901 by the California Legislature to fulfill the mission of protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public through the regulation of the practice of architecture in California. It is one of numerous entities within the Department of Consumer Affairs responsible for consumer protection and the regulation of licensed professionals. The Board establishes regulations for examination and licensing of the profession of architecture in California, which today numbers over 21,000 licensed architects and approximately 10,000 candidates who are in the process of meeting examination and licensure requirements.


Latest News

Update on PSI Testing Sites for the California Supplemental Examination: Many sites open June 1, 2020

It is anticipated that beginning Monday, June 1, 2020, CSE candidates will be able to schedule appointments. PSI sites are operating at half capacity in order to adhere to social distancing. The reopening of sites continues to be a very fluid process as states, cities, and counties determine whether they will be open for business. Updates regarding these test centers can be found in the PSI News section at PSI Exams Online.

View a full listing of test sites reopening

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Update on Prometric Test Sites Closed thru May 31, 2020

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and Prometric have announced that its test centers in North America will remain closed until May 31, 2020.

Please visit NCARB’s website for the latest 2020 Coronavirus update, including how Prometric will be reopening test centers, rescheduling information, and updates to NCARB’s testing policies.

You may contact NCARB by calling them at 202.879.0520 or email at customerservice@ncarb.org if you have any questions.

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Essential versus Non-Essential Services

On March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20. This Executive Order provided a stay at home order for the citizens of California, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors. The Executive Order referred to the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, which provides guidance regarding the identification of essential critical infrastructure workers. Please utilize this document when determining whether your business provides essential or non-essential services and whether you should remain open. That document can be found here.

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Coronavirus Update for Licensees

While California continues to navigate the uncertainty of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and limit its spread, the California Architects Board (Board) is committed to supporting our licensees, applicants, and consumers throughout the course of this pandemic and to provide continuity of service at all times. The Board is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, coordinating with the state and local governments, and working with our partners to protect the health of Californians.

The Board understands the ability to perform your jobs with a license is a priority. We appreciate your patience as we work on implementing new technologies to work remotely and adhere to social distancing guidelines. We apologize in advance for any delays in reaching our staff or potential delays in our processing times.

We have received inquiries from our licensees and are providing the below FAQ’s in an effort to provide information.

The best general guidance will continue to come from the California Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Q. Will Continuing Education (CE) Requirements Be Postponed?
A. Currently, the law does not allow for a postponement of CE requirements.

2. Q. Are There Fee Waivers Available?
A. Currently, the law does not allow for a waiver of any fees.

3. Q. Should My Business or Practice Remain Open?
A. The Board does not have authority to close businesses or practices solely as a result of COVID-19. We strongly encourage you to assess whether your business is an essential job function as outlined by the Governor and follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Check with your local county health department to determine what activities are also considered essential and non-essential.

4. Q. My Exam Was Canceled. What Does that Mean?
A. The Board will be working to ensure that expedited exam processing will occur when they return and will be looking at ways to mitigate delays. We are actively working to reschedule exams and honoring any fees applied or providing refunds when necessary.

We encourage any other inquiries to be sent through email to cab@dca.ca.gov as a response time may be faster.

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Now Available - Latest Issue of the Board’s Newsletter

The latest issue of California Architects is available online.
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Retired License Update

At its December 11, 2019 meeting, the Board voted to set the retired license fee at $40 and proceed with the process to adopt regulations to establish that fee. Once those regulations are adopted and effective, the Board will resume issuing retired licenses. At this time, the Board is not issuing any retired licenses; retired licenses issued on or before January 3, 2020 are not affected by this change.
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