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Register for Architect Registration Exam

If you have completed IDP, you may use the online form for the Architect Registration Exam (ARE). If you have not completed IDP, please refer to the printable form for the Early Admission Option.

To proceed with your online application to the ARE, review the instructions below and answer all the questions as prompted during the online application process. After payment with a valid MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express or electronic check, your completed application will be automatically transmitted to the Board of Architecture.

In order to begin examination as a Mississippi candidate, you must meet the qualifications as specified in Section 73-1-13 and Rule 1.2. You must have:

The following items must be received for the Board to begin their review of your application to begin the ARE:
STEP 1: Complete the online application and payment module:
  • Error messages will appear in red at the top of the screen.
  • Pay the one-time initial administrative fee by Master Card, Visa, or electronic check.
  • The one time, non-refundable exam registration fee is $60.
STEP 2: Direct NCARB to transmit your Intern Development Program (IDP) Council Record to the Board of Architecture:
  • Contact the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) to request transmittal of your IDP Council Record. (This will open in a seperate window.) NCARB's phone number is 202-783-6500.

  • Contact NCARB via the "My Council Record" weblink and request a record transmittal to Mississippi. If IDP is complete, NCARB will provide the Board with your full record. If IDP is not complete, NCARB will provide the Board with a Record Summary.
  • Upon receipt of your completed application, NCARB documentation and other required documents, the Board will determine your eligibility to begin examination.
  • If eligibility is granted, the Board will notify NCARB and Prometric of your eligibility. Prometric will mail you an exam authorization letter and password. You will need the password to schedule an exam appointment.
  • Download "ARE Guidelines" from for information on scheduling an exam, exam fees, exam specifications, and more.
  • Exams can be taken at any Prometric test center of your choice. Find the most convenient test center at
  • Score reports (test results) are typically processed within six weeks of your test date. the Board will mail your score reports to you upon receipt. Exam scores cannot be provided over the telephone, so please do not call for results. However, if you have not received your score report after seven weeks, call or email the Board.
  • Upon receipt of your final "pass" score report and your NCARB IDP Council Record (provided after completion of IDP), the Board will provide an Application for Registration by Examination. If approved, you will receive your initial architectural license.

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