NCARB Certificate question

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    Michelle NCARB

    Hi Erica,

    Once you receive your first license in a US jurisdiction, you can apply for an NCARB Certificate.  It's not an automatic process - you'll need to contact Customer Service to get the process started.  You can use the regular Contact link through our website.

    The Certificate number is different from your Record number.  We typically suggest allowing about a month for processing, but that time can vary depending on request volume.

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    Erica Spayd

    Thanks for the confirmation, Michelle! I actually just heard back from Customer Service requesting an official form from my state, so I'll be sending that off that request tomorrow. So close and yet so far. ;-)

    Thanks again for your help, I know I need to be more patient with these things, I'm just very excited to practice in my home state!

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Erica -- look at me, done with the ARE, but still asking you questions...

    I concentrated so much on the exam itself that I never thought much about what would happen in the unlikely event that I actually passed.

    Well, I got the message from NCARB that they are reviewing my record, and that they will send my NCARB record to the state registration board.  And they say they will let me know when that happens.

    Sooo... does the state then send me a license?

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    Erica Spayd

    In my experience, NCARB is true to their word, and sends your record to your state in about 30 days. I ran into a little hiccup because my undergrad transcript was missing from my record, but once I resolved that I was smooth sailing.

    What happens next depends on your state. My state (NY) requires candidates to apply and pay the fee BEFORE they are cleared to sit for the ARE, so once they receive the record from NCARB, they review and issue a license (barring any other problems). It took my state a couple weeks for review, at which point I got an email saying to check a website for issuance of a license number; that took another week or two. Once I got the number, I ordered my stamp, and voila... Architect with a capital A. 

    But wait, that's not all...

    Then, you need to contact NCARB with your license info in order to get the ball rolling for an NCARB Certificate (assuming you want one). They will tell you that you need to request an official verification/certification from your state of initial licensure, which is to be sent back to NCARB (NCARB did provide me the link to my state's form). Once that happens, NCARB will review your record and issue a Certificate number, as Michelle describes above. I am currently in this part of the process - NY sent the certification to NCARB 2 weeks ago, so any day now... (I hope).

    So, in summary,

    • Give NCARB 30 days to send the record, if you don't get any confirmation, then follow up.
    • In the meantime, check your state's requirements and figure out if you need to send them any paperwork/$ on your own.
    • Once you get the initial license, and if you're interested in an NCARB Certificate, contact NCARB, and then request an official verification from your state's licensing board.

    Easy peasy, right?

    Hope that helps, and hope it's a quick and painless process in your state!

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    Kurt Fanderclai

    Erica -- wow!  thanks so much for that detailed explanation!

    Well this thread is great, and should help a bunch of others as well.

    I immediately went to the state's website and checked out the requirements -- all makes a bit more sense now -- thank you again!

     

     

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