Licensure Application Process

Idaho law requires the licensure of all persons who practice or offer to practice architecture in the State of Idaho. Licensure is available through both endorsement and examination.



A person applying for license by examination must submit satisfactory evidence of either:


a. Graduation from an accredited architectural curriculum in a school or college approved by the board, and 

b. Have completed, or started the Architectural Experience Program (AXP).


a. That the applicant has attained standards, per board rule, of knowledge and skill approximating that attained through graduation from an accredited architectural curriculum, and 

b. Specific record of eight (8) years or more of experience in architectural work of acharacter deemed satisfactory by the board, indicating that the applicant is competent to practice architecture.

c. Have completed, or started the Architectural Experience Program (AXP)..

The board may adopt, by rule, as its own standards for education and experience, the guidelines published by the national council of architectural registration boards.


Check list for Applicants Who Hold an NCARB Record or Certificate

Applicable Fees.
NCARB record or certificate sent directly from NCARB to the Idaho Board
Application Signed and Notarized.


Endorsement Applicants Who Do Not Hold an NCARB Record or Certificate


Applicable Fees.

Verification of any current or expired Architect licensethat you have held sent directly from the issuing entity.

Verification of passing all divisions of the ARE or anacceptable alternate exam.

Application Signed and Notarized.



A person licensed as an architect in another state, but not licensed in Idaho, mayobtain a permit to offer to render services in the state for a period not toexceed six (6) months if:

a. The applicant holds a current and valid license issued by a licensing authority in another jurisdiction, and

b. The applicant holds a national council of architectural registration boards certificate; and  

c. The applicant pays the required fees.


Persons allowed to offer architectural services under said permit are prohibited from doing more than offering such services or actually rendering architectural services until fully licensed by the board. Violation of this provision constitutes grounds for refusal to issue a license.


All applicants must complete and submit an application with the required documentation and appropriate fees.


You may download Application Forms here or request an application by writing: 

Board of Architectural Examiners
Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses
700 West State Street, PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0063


Please provide your name, address, and daytime phone number with your request.