FLORIDA Hours required to take the ARE?

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    NCARB

    Hi Maria,

    In most jurisdictions, candidates can begin taking the ARE when they have met the education requirement. In the case of Florida, that is a professional degree from a NAAB-accredited program. We recommend reaching out to the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation: Board of Architecture and Interior Design at 850-717-1982 to confirm when you can begin taking the ARE.

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    Matthew Bowers

    The number posted above is the general number for the DBPR Division of Professions. A direct contact for the Board of Architecture and Interior Design is Terri.McEwen@myfloridalicense.com

    Also note that Florida requires a pre-licensure Wind Mitigation Techniques course - which are the Wind Forces Parts 1-5 CE courses offered by NCARB. To meet the minimum requirements, you'll need to take two of the five courses. To my recollection, these courses are free for licensure candidates. My advice would be to take these courses as you prepare for PPD and PDD, as they align closely with the exam content. When it comes time to apply for your license, simply attach the certificates from these courses to your online application.

    Best of luck.

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