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State of Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects


Qualifications to be eligible to sit for the Architectural Registration Examination (ARE) in Nebraska, you must have:

  • Graduated from a NAAB-accredited architectural program.
  • Established an NCARB record for the purpose of recording architectural experience.

Application Process

It is the applicant's responsibility to submit all required applications, documents, and fees to the Board.

  1. Complete and submit the ARE Exam application. The application and all supporting documentation must be received prior to application going to the Board for its reviewNote: references must be sent directly to the Board by the reference. Reference forms received with the application or from the applicant will not be accepted. The form may be emailed, faxed, or mailed using the contact information at the top of the form.
  2. Request NCARB to send your ARE Eligibility directly to the Board's office. This is done through the applicant's MyNCARB account.

Once all the above has been received by the Board's office, the Board will review the application at its next regularly scheduled meeting. Upon approval, notification of the Board's action will be sent and exam authorizations entered into the NCARB system. Approved applicants must then register with and submit any exam registration fees directly to NCARB. Applicants must receive approval from the Nebraska board to sit for the exam prior to registering with NCARB.

Nebraska follows NCARB's policies and procedures for taking the exam. Approval terminates if the applicant has not attempted a division of the ARE within five years of initial approval or has not attempted a division within a five-year period. An applicant whose test approval has terminated must submit a new application to the Board for approval to begin taking the exam again.

Study Materials

The study materials for the exam are available from NCARB.

Becoming Licensed as an Architect

Upon completion of the exam, the applicant will be sent further instructions for completing the architect license process after she/he has passed all sections of the ARE. This includes passing a short exam on the Engineers and Architects Regulation Act and the Board's Rules and Regulations.

If you have any questions about the ARE or the examination requirements for architect licensure, please contact us.