What is the logic behind the ARE testing process?

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    Michael Gilbert

    While I think it would be a benefit to have some overlap with education curriculum, it cannot be a pre-requisite. 

    You can start counting AXP hours the day after you graduate high school (if working under a licensed architect), and a professional degree is not required to sit for the A.R.E. exams.

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    Alexandra Black

    I'm not suggesting that the ARE be a pre-requisite in school. Many people that go to architecture school don't end up practicing architecture, or have any interest in ever getting licensed. But for those of us who are seeking licensure, the ARE should be available as elective courses tied to NCARB for verification purposes.

    Again, the point is that testing, additional fees, and time to prepare for tests should be done by the time you graduate from school (like it is for architects in the rest of the world). It is an unfair and unjustifiably expensive process all around.

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    Mollie Pelletier

    NCARB does not require a professional degree for licensure.  I am not disagreeing that universities could include the testing and study for the exams as part of an accredited curriculum, but eliminating the exams as a path to becoming licensed would discredit many licensed professionals from being licensed. Perhaps and either or?  Either you go to an accredited program that includes the exam content in your coursework or you take the exams outside of school as an alternative path to licensure?

    I am 100% on board with making licensure easier.  On average it takes over 12 years for an individual to become a licensed architect which is equivalent to the time it takes to become a doctor. So I feel that our profession is underpaid/ undervalued or the path to get there is too hard.

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