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State of Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects

Architecture Initial Licensure Application Process

Initial Licensure

To qualify for initial licensure (neither licensed nor ever been licensed in another jurisdiction), you must have:

  1. Graduated from a NAAB or CACB-accredited engineering program or met the NCEES Education Standard;
  2. Completed the AXP or its equivalent as determined and verified by NCARB;
  3. Passed all sections of the ARE; and
  4. Passed an exam, administered by the Board, on the Nebraska E&A Act, the E&A Rules, and the ethics of practicing architecture.

Note: If you were approved to sit for the ARE prior to November 14, 2020, you are not required to submit the Application for Initial Licensure of an Architect. Once you have passed all sections of the exam, you will be sent the exam on the Nebraska E&A Act, E&A Rules, and ethics. Once the successfully passed exam is received along with verification you have completed AXP (this must come directly from NCARB), your license will be issued.

Application Process

It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit the application along with all supporting documents and fees to the Board.

  1. Complete and submit the Application for Initial Licensure of an Architect along with the applicable filing fee.
  2. Request NCARB to transmit your NCARB record directly to the Board. This is done through your MyNCARB account. 
  3. Have your references complete the Architect Character Reference form and submit the form directly to the Board using the contact information at the top of the form. If the form is emailed or faxed, a hard copy is not required. 
  4. Upon receipt of your application, an exam on the Nebraska E&A Act and Rules will be sent to you. This must be sent back to the Board and successfully passed prior to your license being issued.

Once all the above has been received, your application will be reviewed by the Board at its next meeting. The license will be issued upon approval.

 Architect Initial License Application

If you have any questions about the application process for initial licensure, please contact us.