In a major adaptation to U.S. licensure rules, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards has proposed a new option for gaining licensure -- simply through the process of an architecture education. As announced in a NCARB press release earlier today, architecture students could earn intern experience and take their licensing exam while still in school, to receive licensure upon graduation. This stands in addition to the previous paths to licensure, and is completely optional.
The details behind the plan are still hazy, as NCARB puts together a task force of top architecture organizations (including the AIA and NAAB) to design how a "licensure-at-graduation" program could work. Research and plans for implementation are said to last a couple more years, with NCARB sharing their plans with interested schools in October 2014. But at this point, at the very least, the proposal is a step towards facilitating the process of becoming a licensed architect.
From NCARB's Board of Directors:
"The Board of Directors endorses the concept of an additional, structured path to licensure that may lead to licensure upon graduation. This additional path will integrate current education, experience, and examination requirements and requires a collaborative partnership with institutions offering NAAB-accredited programs, our Member Boards, students, and firms."
Read NCARB's complete press release here: "NCARB Endorses New Path to Becoming an Architect: Architect License Upon Graduation"