Allied Members are not Architects, but are professionals in related fields, who collaborate with and support Architects in the creation of the built environment.

Emerging Professionals (EPs) are generally considered to be intern architects aspiring towards licensure, as well as those who have been licensed for 10 years or less.

We have an active Emerging Professionals Committee which meets every 1st Wednesday of the month, noon at the AIACV Office. Plan events and activities, and network with peers. Contact Amanda Green, Assoc. AIA for more information. Subscribe to the Chapter’s NOTES newsletter for notices of upcoming EP events.

AIA provides a number of resources for Emerging Professionals as well as the firms that support them:

  • Emerging Professional’s Companion {} – The Emerging Professional’s Companion is an online resource developed by the AIA and NCARB primarily for use by interns in gaining IDP credit. The Companion can also be used by educators, young architects, AIA components, and firm leaders in a variety of ways to provide professional development opportunities and to enhance or create new learning opportunities.
  • For Firms {} – The AIA provides tools, resources, and best practices to help firms, supervisors, mentors, and AXP Coordinators foster intern professional development on the path toward licensure.
  • Champions of Licensure {} – Read some shining examples of the 2015-2018 IDP Outstanding Firm Award Winners. Learn innovative ways of how these firms actively embraced the Intern Development Program (now AXP) and demonstrate a commitment to interns by making the path to licensure an integral part of the firm’s culture.

Architect Registration Examination (ARE®)

The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) is administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) {} to assess candidates for their knowledge, skills, and ability to provide the various services required in the practice of architecture.

The ARE 5.0 has launched as of November 1, 2016 and consists of the following six divisions that can be taken in any sequence. Exams include a combination of multiple-choice, check-all-that-apply, fill-in-the-blank, hot spot, and drag-and-place questions, as well as case studies. For the go-to resource to understand this new version, download the ARE 5.0 Handbook.

  1. Practice Management
  2. Project Management
  3. Programming & Analysis
  4. Project Planning & Design
  5. Project Development & Documentation
  6. Construction & Evaluation

Still testing as an ARE 4.0 candidate? Find information on NCARB’s website {}

Transitioning from ARE 4.0 to 5.0? Resources and tips at NCARB {}

For those looking to get licensed in California, in addition to the ARE, the California Architects Board requires the California Supplemental Examination (CSE) {} for licensure. The CSE ensures that candidates are able to demonstrate minimum standards of competency and necessary architectural knowledge and skills to respond to the unique requirements and conditions in California.

For a visual reference about the Path To Licensure in California, download the infographic created by AIA Californial Council.

Chapter Resources

  • We have Brightwood (formerly Kaplan) study material available for Associate members to borrow. In addition to the Brightwood materials we have a LEED Green Associate study pack, handy (and still relevant) ArchiFlash cards, and SOLUTIONS: Understanding the Graphic Vignettes of the Architect Regsitration Exam by Norman Dorf, AIA as well as multiple David Kent Ballast study guides.
  • We also have ARE 5.o Prep powered by Black Spectacles sessions throughout the year. These sessions bring together fellow ARE candidates to watch video tutorials and discuss material with sage and emerging architects. Click here to read more about the program and upcoming sessions.

Click here for a current list of our materials. Click here for the library check out policy. Library materials can be checked out by AIA Associate members for 3 week periods. Please call the chapter office to inquire if materials are available. Have suggestions for new materials for our library? Email us at