Options for Licensure
The Board is often asked about the options a potential registrant can pursue to obtain licensure. The first two options listed below are the primary methods and they are followed by two options available through the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).
1. After an individual who is an applicant with the Board completes the required education, internship, and all sections of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) they are eligible for licensure in New Mexico. These individuals must have submitted a copy of their NCARB IDP file to the Board.
2. A registrant in another US or Canadian jurisdiction may apply for reciprocal registration in New Mexico. To do so, the individual must have an NCARB certificate and apply through NCARB. The Board reviews all NCARB certificate holder files before granting licensure.
Alternatives Available Through NCARB
1. The Broadly Experienced Architect (BEA) option is for individuals who cannot meet the requirements for obtaining an NCARB certificate, but who have met other criteria established by NCARB. This option requires one to apply directly to NCARB and to submit all necessary documentation to NCARBíS BEA Committee for review. Please go to www.ncarb.org for more information.
2. The Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) option is similar to the BEA option and requires one to apply to the same NCARB committee.
Both of the alternative options require thorough documentation of education, experience and understanding of the practice. Applicants are advised to research these options before applying to determine applicability, as they require a great deal of time and expense.