(a)        Licensing by Examination. – Any individual who is at least 18 years of age and of good moral character may make written application for examination by completion of a form prescribed by the Board accompanied by the required application fee. Subject to qualification requirements of this section, the applicant shall be entitled to an examination to determine his qualifications for licensure.

(1)        The qualification requirements for registration as a duly licensed architect shall be:

a.         Professional education and at least three years practical training and experience as specified by rules of the Board.

b.         The successful completion of a licensure examination in architecture as specified by the rules of the Board.

(2)        The Board shall adopt rules to set requirements for professional education, practical training and experience, and examination which must be met by applicants for licensure and which may be based on the published guidelines of nationally recognized councils or agencies for the accreditation, examination, and licensing for the architectural profession.

(b)        Licensing by Reciprocity. – Any individual holding a current license for the practice of architecture from another state or territory, and holding a certificate of qualification issued by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, may upon application and within the discretion of the Board be licensed without written examination. The Board may waive the requirement for National Council registration if the qualifications, examination and licensing requirements of the state in which the applicant is licensed are substantially equivalent to those of this State and the applicant otherwise meets the requirements of this Chapter. (1915, c. 270, s. 3; 1919, c. 336, s. 1; C.S., s. 4992; 1957, c. 794, s. 7; 1971, c. 1231, s. 1; 1979, c. 871, s. 1; 1983, c. 47; 1989, c. 62.)

Terms Used In North Carolina General Statutes 83A-7

  • Architect: means a person who is duly licensed to practice architecture. See North Carolina General Statutes 83A-1
  • Board: means the North Carolina Board of Architecture. See North Carolina General Statutes 83A-1
  • Good moral character: means such character as tends to assure the faithful discharge of the fiduciary duties of an? architect to his client. See North Carolina General Statutes 83A-1
  • License: means a certificate of registration issued by the Board recognizing the individual named in the certificate as meeting the requirements for registration under this Chapter. See North Carolina General Statutes 83A-1
  • Practice of architecture: means performing or offering to perform or holding oneself out as legally qualified to perform professional services in connection with the design, construction, enlargement or alteration of buildings, including consultations, investigations, evaluations, preliminary studies, the preparation of plans, specifications and contract documents, administration of construction contracts and related services or combination of services in connection with the design and construction of buildings, regardless of whether these services are performed in person or as the directing head of an office or organization. See North Carolina General Statutes 83A-1
  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, shall be construed to extend to and include the District of Columbia and the several territories, so called; and the words "United States" shall be construed to include the said district and territories and all dependencies. See North Carolina General Statutes 12-3