NCARB Retires the Architectural Registration Exam Rolling Clock

February 28, 2023

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NCARB Retires the Architectural Registration Exam Rolling Clock

AIA applauds NCARB’s announcement to retire the Architectural Registration Exam “rolling clock.” We are proud of the collaborative and collegial conversations with NCARB and AIA’s voice in advocating for this change – a change that came, in part, because of former Associate AIA members’ willingness to share their stories.


NCARB estimates there are 13 states and DC “who may have regulatory impediments to the immediate retirement of the rolling clock policy.” This may affect candidates’ ability to get reciprocity for those states including Pennsylvania, D.C., New York, California, Illinois, and others. 


AIA has developed a “Stop the Clock” campaign focusing on collecting stories from people who have been affected by the rolling clock on their paths to licensure. We look forward to further collaboration with the NAC to promote storytelling about the impact of the ARE® rolling clock to share with licensing boards. There is much important work ahead to align across all licensing jurisdictions. 


AIA is collecting feedback on how the “rolling clock” affects candidates.   If you have had such an experience, please visit the campaign page and share. 


We celebrate this major milestone in the profession and we thank you for your collaboration and support. 



Anna Chang, Assoc AIA, NJ Regional Associates Director

Abigail Benjamin, AIA, NJ Young Architect Representative 


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