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Department of Consumer Affairs California Architects Board
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Examination

The final step on the path to licensure is examination. Passing this requirement allows you to prove your competence and readiness to practice architecture.

There is both a national exam, the Architect Registration Examination (ARE), administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), and a state exam, the California Supplemental Examination (CSE), which is administered by the Board. Both the ARE and CSE are standardized, computerized examinations.