At the 88th Annual Meeting and Conference of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards in June, the Council passed Resolution 07-8, which addressed the sequencing of the Intern Development Program (IDP) and Architectural Registration Examination (ARE) and its effect on reciprocity. The resolution allows individual NCARB jurisdictions to determine when a candidate is eligible to begin taking the exam. The timing of the ARE and IDP and the effect on reciprocity had been under consideration since September 2005 at the Member Board Chairs Conference, where the members said they felt the issue was creating a significant impediment to reciprocity, according to NCARB's Erica Brown. At that time, the Member Board Chairs asked the organization to take an official position and adopt a policy on the issue of ARE timing and its effect on reciprocity. After much research related to pass rates and sequencing of exams, the Board of Directors concluded that in jurisdictions that allowed early access to the ARE, few candidates were taking advantage of it, and pass rates were not significantly different between early access and traditional track candidates.
The board passed Resolution 07-8 with amendments. Originally it would have allowed a candidate to begin the exam only after fulfilling their jurisdiction's education requirement and enrolling in the IDP; it also would have allowed a candidate to take the Construction Documents & Services and Building Design & Construction Systems divisions of the exam after completing the IDP. Resolution 07-8 was amended to allow a candidate to begin taking the ARE after fulfilling all requirements for eligibility in his or her jurisdiction and after enrolling in the IDP by establishing a Council record. The resolution does not affect when a candidate may complete the ARE, only the circumstances for beginning the ARE.
The amendment was further amended to state that the Council's intent and policy is for "all jurisdictions to accept NCARB certification as a basis for reciprocal registration without the application of any other state requirements applicable to initial licensure in such state." The Council's official policy now is that after an architect is certified, the sequence of IDP and ARE should not be an issue for reciprocity, Brown says. Each NCARB jurisdiction, however, may choose on its own how to incorporate this policy.