Model Rules of Conduct vs Code of Ethics



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    Rebekka O'Melia

    Not all architects are members of the AIA.  NCARB administers the ARE and grants the state the ability to license architects.  So NCARB's Model Rules of Conduct are more important.

    From what I have seen realistically, there's very little enforcement of the Model Rules of Conduct, but that's a separate issue.

    I did read them for PcM and you should too!  Some questions about ethics could be on the exam.

    Good luck & keep studying!

    Rebekka O'Melia, Registered Architect, NCARB, B. Arch, M. Ed, Step UP,  Step UP ARE 5.0 Courses


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    Hi Dana,

    Rebekka is correct about the AIA Code of Ethics. Per the document "This Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct states guidelines for the conduct of Members."

    The NCARB Model Rules of Conduct are created by NCARB as a recommended set of rules for its members, the 55 architectural licensing boards. Each licensing board has the option to adopt these rules and enforce them, however, the decision is ultimately up to the licensing board. Many boards have their own rules on professional conduct, and they do not follow the NCARB-created model rules. 

    You will not be required to memorize these documents for the Practice Management exam. Instead, you may have to answer a question about professional conduct or ethics by utilizing the documents as a reference. 

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