USA, Australia and New Zealand agree reciprocal architecture licensing

architect-working_dezeen_hero-1024x576Architects certified in either the USA, Australia or New Zealand are now able to gain reciprocal licenses in all of the three countries thanks to a new agreement.

The Mutual Recognition Arrangement between the trio of architectural licensing authorities came into effect at the beginning of 2017.

Spearheaded by the USA’s National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), the arrangement was signed by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) and the New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB).

“The arrangement is an exciting opportunity for architects seeking to expand their careers internationally,” said Kristine Harding, president, NCARB .

So far 29 of the 54 licensing boards in the US have accepted the arrangement, including those in California, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin. To be able to take advantage of the opportunity, architects must hold a current NCARB Certificate and meet a list of requirements.

They need to hold citizenship or lawful permanent residence in the home country, a license to practice architecture from a US jurisdiction that has signed the arrangement, and 6,000 hours (approximately three years) of post-licensure experience in the home country.


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