Newsletter: May 2018

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Firm renewals due by June 30!

The firm registration renewal period of July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019 opened on May 1.

Renewal Forms will not be delivered via mail. Please download the form that corresponds with your registration type, complete it fully, and mail it, along with your check (we are unable to accept credit card payments), to LSBAE, 9625 Fenway Avenue, Suite B, Baton Rouge, LA 70809. Your completed form and payment must be postmarked by June 30.
If your renewal application is not postmarked on or before June 30th, a delinquent fee equal to the renewal fee of $75 (in-state) or $150 (out-of-state) will be assessed in addition to the regular renewal fee for a total of $150 (in-state) or $300 (out-of-state) respectively.

Renewal forms that are delinquent more than 90 days may also be subject to fines in addition to the delinquent fees.

Holly Lavigne Joins LSBAE Staff

Holly Lavigne has been named the new Compliance Investigator for LSBAE. A native and resident of Baton Rouge, she had worked for the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board (LAPELS) since 2007. There she assisted the Enforcement Department staff with CE audits, license verifications and reinstatements, and coordinated the biennial license renewal cycles. Holly began her career following her father’s footsteps by working as a deputy for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office. In 2004, she joined the staff of the Louisiana Department of Corrections, and then moved to LAPELS in 2007. She is looking forward to bringing her deep experience with a state licensing board to LSBAE.

Which Registration Form Do You Need?

Firm Registration Types and Forms:

Professional Architectural Corporation – your license number will begin with “AC”
Architectural-Engineering Corporation – your license number will begin with “AE”
Architectural Firm – your license number will begin with “AF”
Limited Liability Corporation – your license number will begin with “LL”
Questions should be directed to

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President’s Report

Robert W. McKinney, AIA, NCARB

In the current context of the design and construction of buildings, there can be overlap work between architects and engineers. The challenge is in knowing when the overlap of services is within the scope of the specific registered design professional. To address that question a task force of members of the architecture and engineering professions are working to define incidental practice. The task force has been charged with developing a draft definition of “Architecture Incidental to the Practice of Engineering” and “Engineering Incidental to the Practice of Architecture.” Clearly defining “incidental” will provide both the practicing professionals and the Boards clear guidelines by which the professionals should be practicing.

The working group consists of representatives from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Council of Engineering Companies of Louisiana (ACECL), the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board (LAPELS), and the Louisiana State Board of Architectural Examiners (LSBAE).

The task force began meeting in February and continues to meet approximately every two – three weeks at the AIA offices in Baton Rouge with the goal of developing an agreed upon definition of incidental practice that could be incorporated into the LSBAE and LAPELS rules.

The group began with a precedent study of the laws and rules governing incidental practice in other states including, Florida, Utah, and New Mexico as well as Alabama, Rhode Island and Texas. Each of these examples showed different ways to define incidental practice, including square footage, occupancy type, dollar amount, percentage of construction, health safety and welfare codes, and scope of work.

The committee established the current exemptions in the Architecture Rules La. R.S. 37:155 as a foundation for the definition. These exemptions follow occupancy type and square footage thresholds, and include storage, factory, mercantile, residential, education, institutional, assembly, business, utility, and high hazard. In addition to the square footages, the task force is also considering a combination of factors, including scope of work, life, safety, health and welfare of the public, occupant load, percentage of construction value of new construction, and scope and dollar amount of renovation work.

The task force is currently reviewing the various elements of the proposal with each of the organizations participating in discussions, and is seeking feedback from the State Fire Marshall’s office to ensure that the health, safety and welfare of the public is protected. The goal is to develop an agreement by July 2018. Should both the LSBAE and the LAPELS Boards agree to the proposed definition, each would then need to file a rule change which would be made available for public comment at that time.

Members of the task force include:  Stephen Maher, AIA – AIA/LA; Lisa H. Nice, AIA – AIA/LA; Lynn Robertson – Executive Director, AIA/LA; F. Bren Kramer, PE –  ACECL; Dan Mobley, CAE – Executive Director, ACEC/L; Richard Savoie – Deputy Executive Director, LAPELS; Ronald Blitch, FAIA, LSBAE; Katherine Hillegas, CAE – Executive Director, LSBAE; and myself.

If you have ideas regarding the definition of incidental practice you may contact me through the LSBAE (


Executive Director’s Report

By Katherine E. Hillegas, Executive Director

Under the State’s “Sunset Laws”, the Louisiana State Board of Architectural Examiners (LSBAE), along with all other boards, commissions or agencies undergo a sunset review every five years. As this is the year for our Board, there is currently a bill in the legislature to re-enact the Board, along with multiple other boards, commissions and agencies. As I was familiarizing myself with the process, I discovered a paper written back in 1979, the first time this Board underwent Sunset Review. It was an impressive document that in many ways is still relevant in today’s world. I thought it would be interesting to share an abbreviated version with you.

Our licensing law states that “in order to safeguard life, health, and property and to promote the public welfare, the practice of architecture in this state is reserved to those persons who have the proper qualifications and have been registered by the board.” It is the role of the Board to ensure that only persons with a minimum level of competence are permitted to practice and that practicing architects act according to professional standards of conduct. Accordingly, the regulatory process consists of two functions; ascertaining competence and disciplining misconduct.

The Board has exercised its statutory authority to promulgate standards of conduct by adopting the Rules & Regulations. It your duty as a licensed architect in Louisiana to maintain familiarity with the laws and rules related to the practice of architecture. The Board acts appropriately when infractions of the licensing law or rules are identified.

Like many architectural registration boards across the country, LSBAE uses a combination of education, experience and examination requirements to determine a candidate’s competency for licensure. Here in Louisiana, all candidates must have a National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) accredited degree from a program in architecture. Candidates must then complete the NCARB Architectural Experience Program (AXP), (formerly known as the Intern Development Program (IDP)), and the Architectural Registration Examination.

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), an organization whose membership is comprised of the regulatory boards throughout the US, developed a program for architectural candidates to learn about the daily realities of architectural practice, acquire the comprehensive experience in basic practice areas, explore specialized areas of practice, and develop professional judgment. Implemented in 1978, the IDP program underwent a major overhaul in 2014 in an effort to assure that it reflected the current realities of architectural practice and was not too burdensome on the candidate.

NCARB also prepares the licensing examination that candidates are required to take in order to obtain licensure in any U.S. jurisdiction or territory. The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) assesses a candidate’s knowledge and skills to provide various services required in the practice of architecture. Of particular focus in the examination are the professional services that affect the public’s health, safety, and
welfare. In addition to testing for competence in specific subject
areas, the exam is designed to assess a candidate’s qualifications in exercising the skills and judgment of a generalist working with numerous specialists.

An ongoing concern of architectural registration boards across the nation is the need to ensure that registered architects maintain their professional competence by keeping abreast of advances in the theory and practice of architecture. To this end, the board adopted a continuing education requirement of 12 HSW (Health, Safety, Welfare) continuing education units per year. Registrants are required to attest to completion of this requirement during the renewal process.


The activities of the Board benefit two categories of people: the consumers of services rendered by architects, and the public at large. The primary responsibility of an architect is, of course, to design buildings so that they are safe, durable, and satisfy reasonable environmental standards. An architect’s actions shape the social and physical environment. The design and siting of a building and its relationship to its surroundings will affect the safety, comfort and convenience of passerby and of users of neighboring buildings, the siting and design together will determine to a considerable degree what demands the building will make on public services, such as power, water, sewerage, and fire protection. In many locations, the design will determine, for good or ill, the immediate impact of the building on physical characteristics of the environment; the building may change the water table, the soil support of surrounding buildings, the availability of open space – especially green space – and the pattern and force of wind currents, to cite some examples.

The architect’s decision may well also have subtle long-range effects, particularly where very large projects and developments are concerned. Whether the owner is responsible or irresponsible, the price of failure by the architect to conduct himself properly will be borne by the public at large.
This Board maintains a high level of commitment to further the goals of architectural regulation in order to protect the public health, safety and welfare. Working on its own and in conjunction with other state boards through NCARB, the Board is continually improving and changing its standards and procedures to account for developments in the profession and in the regulatory process.


LSBAE Board develops Strategic Plan

Last September, a special strategic planning Board meeting was held to develop a plan that positions the LSBAE to better serve its registrants and the profession. Our session was facilitated by Mary deSousa, Chief Operating Officer of NCARB, who led the Board through discussion that enabled members to determine a path forward to better support our licensees and emerging professionals. The Board is committed to this plan and has dedicated time at each meeting to review components of the plan to ensure that we stay on task with implementation. It is the Board’s desire to continue to grow and support our constituency.

LSBAE Strategy Map


Board participates in strategic planning session

Shown are scenes of the LSBAE board working on its strategic plan. In the photo at left are Knox Tumlin and Robert McKinney; at center shown clockwise are Mary deSousa, David Brinson, Ron Blitch, Richard LeBlanc, Robert McKinney, Paul Spaht and Allen Bacque; and and in the photo at right are Ron Blitch and Richard LeBlanc.

Farewell to Mary Porche

Long-time LSBAE Office Manager Mary Porche retired in February. She had worked with LSBAE for 16 years. Shown with Mary at her retirement celebration are, from left, Paul Spaht, Board Attorney; David Brinson, board member; Robert McKinney, Board President; Ron Blitch, board member; John Cardone, Board Secretary; and Richard LeBlanc, Knox Tumlin and Allen Bacque, board members.


LSBAE seeks candidates for Architects Selection Board

LSBAE is seeking candidates from Districts 1 to 5 to serve on the Louisiana Architects Selection Board beginning September 15, 2018.

Any resident architect holding a current Louisiana license desiring nomination must deliver a written nomination on a current form and/or reproduction obtained from board office to 9625 Fenway Avenue, Suite B, Baton Rouge, LA 70809, signed by not less than 10 resident architects holding a current Louisiana license between May 1 and May 31 at 4 p.m.

The nomination shall state the parish in which the nominee resides and the district for which election is sought. Nominations received on or before such deadline shall be considered timely delivered. Confirmation of receipt is the sole responsibility of the nominee.

District 1 consists of the Parishes of Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Bernard.

District 2 consists of the Parishes of Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Terrebonne and Washington.

District 3 consists of the Parishes of Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, St. Helena, St. Martin, Tangipahoa, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.

District 4 consists of the Parishes of Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Grant, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Natchitoches, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, Sabine, St. Landry, St. Mary, Vermilion and Vernon.

District 5 consists of the Parishes of Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, DeSoto, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Red River, Richland, Tensas, Union, Webster, West Carroll and Winn.


Congratulations to our new licensees by examination

Whawn Marie Allen New Orleans, LA
Laina Michelle Andermann Gonzales, LA
Tracie L. Ashe New Orleans, LA
Kevin R. Barns Metairie, LA
Brendan J. Boudreau Baton Rouge, LA
Ward Elmo Bryant, III Shreveport, LA
Kristen Adele Caulk Baton Rouge, LA
Ashley Doucet Congemi New Orleans, LA
Kelley Lance Courville Lafayette, LA
Sarah Elizabeth Daigle New Orleans, LA
Brad Deal Ruston, LA
Alyce Chantal Deshotels New Orleans, LA
Jeremy C. Durham Lafayette, LA
William Bradley Evans Lake Charles, LA
Robert J. Garcia Metairie, LA
Amy Garrett New Orleans, LA
Sarah Mitcham Garvin Shreveport, LA
Joseph Lantz New Orleans, LA
Logan Taylor Leggett New Orleans, LA
Clarissa Rios Costa Lima New Orleans, LA
Lance C. Mathews Pineville, LA
Christin M. Meeker Baton Rouge, LA
Shawn C. Mitchel Baton Rouge, LA
Robert Lee Mosby New Orleans, LA
Susan M. Naquin Baton Rouge, LA
Brant Luke Patout Lafayette, LA
Monica Lynn Perez Hammond, LA
Jennifer Price Baton Rouge, LA
Matthew Rabalais New Orleans, LA
Jennifer Rowe New Orleans, LA
Sarah Satterlee Mandeville, LA
Cody Christopher Snellenberger Shreveport, LA
Christopher M. Stelly Baton Rouge, LA
Alexandra Michelle Tengco New Orleans, LA
Ramon Luis Urdaz, III Lafayette, La
Graydon Zanyk Lafayette, LA


Board Attorney’s Report

By Paul H. Spaht, LSBAE Board Attorney

During the 2018 legislative session, the legislature is addressing three bills which directly affect the licensing board and its regulation of architects.

House Bill 255 amending the Public Records Law – The Public Records Law provides that all records and writings in the custody or control of a public body are “public records.” It is the duty of the custodian of a public body to provide copies of public records to any person requesting same, unless the requested records are excepted or exempt. Requests to the board for all public records concerning architect A or architect B now happen rather regularly.

Perhaps the primary purpose of the Public Records Law is to make the actions of public bodies transparent. The benefit of transparency, however, may be detrimental to a particular activity which the public body has the statutory duty to do. For example, the ability of a public body to conduct a complete and thorough investigation of a particular person accused of wrongdoing may be hampered if all of the records and reports pertaining to that investigation are “public records” available to the person being investigated, the complainant, witnesses, and the public.

Recognizing the necessity of excepting such records from the Public Records Law, the legislature has enacted exceptions from such law for the records and reports pertaining to the fitness of a person to practice the professions regulated by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners, the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners, the State Licensing Board for Contractors, and many other licensing boards. However, any final determination made by those licensing boards and any legal grounds upon which such determination is based are considered public record.

HB 255 of 2018 is modeled after the exceptions presently in the Public Records concerning the records of other licensing boards. It provides an exception in the Public Records Law to any record in the custody or control of the Board of Architectural Examiners concerning the fitness of any person to receive or hold a license or certificate of registration to practice architecture. However, any final determination made by the board relative to the fitness of any person to receive or continue to hold a license or certificate of registration and any legal grounds upon which such determination is based shall be a public record. This bill has passed through the House and Senate and is currently awaiting review and signature by the Governor.

Senate Bill 133 amending the Public Records Law – The Public Records Law exempts from its provisions certain confidential, proprietary, and trade secret information. Concerned that this exemption may be applicable to plans submitted to it by architects and engineers, the State Fire Marshal currently refuses to produce such plans to the public (including public bodies), even if requests for same are made under the Public Records Law.

Senate Bill 133 provides limited access to the plans or other documents submitted to it by architects and engineers. It provides that the State Fire Marshal shall provide electronic access to its information management system to the Board of Architectural Examiners or the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board, for the examination and reproduction of documents submitted to the fire marshal. The bill further provides that such boards shall not allow for examination or release of any such documents so obtained to the public or other third party, including other state agencies. This bill is currently being reviewed by the Senate.

Senate Bill 62 re-creating the board – Pursuant to what is generally described as the “Sunset” law, the statutory authority for many state agencies expire as of some future date fixed by the legislature. The statutory authority of the Board of Architectural Examiners (and 16 other state agencies mentioned in this bill) was scheduled to cease July 1, 2019, unless recreated by the legislature.

Senate Bill 62 of 2018 will recreate the Board of Architectural Examiners and the other 16 agencies listed therein. This bill is currently being reviewed by the House of Representatives. When successfully passed, the new termination date of the Board of Architectural Examiners will be July 1, 2023.


Enforcement Report

By Tyson Ducote, Deputy Director

By the time you read this, the 2018-2019 renewal cycle for firm registration will have opened and staff will be busy renewing firm licenses for the period July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. You may recall that there were significant changes related to firm registration, which were outlined in the April 2017 Special Bulletin.

While licensing individual architects, sometimes we get questions about firm licensure and when a firm needs to apply for a license. There has been some discussion of “fishing for work” and using a sole-proprietor status when working in Louisiana. The following is an explanation of why you should license your firm and what could happen if you do not.

“Practicing and offering to practice”

Louisiana’s architecture law (R.S.46: I,§154(A)) requires licensure of any corporation, company, partnership, firm, business entity, or individual who practices or offers to practice, architecture in Louisiana. The Board has the authority to sanction any firm or business entity that does not get licensed and practices or offers to practice architecture in Louisiana. Employing an architect who can practice in Louisiana is not enough. The firm must take the extra steps to register with the Louisiana Secretary of State and obtain a Louisiana architecture firm license. Any firm or business entity that performs or offers to perform any of the items listed in “the practice of architecture” definition found in R.S. 46: I,§141(B)(3), or engages in any transaction for financial gain or profit, must hold a Louisiana firm Certificate of Authority issued by the Board. When thinking about your firm’s Louisiana practice, you should consider if your firm has issued contracts or invoices or received payments for Louisiana projects. If so, you may have already practiced architecture in Louisiana.

“What about performing work under my name?”

I hear this question from Louisiana licensed architects who want to practice in the state, but do not want to license their firm or want to avoid the requirement. The Board allows this; but, you must submit all work to the client on your individual title-block and all invoices and payments must come from and go to the architect. There cannot be any involvement from a firm at all. It is usually cheaper and safer to get the firm licensed and perform the work through the firm. If a firm has a registration in any other state, then it should obtain a license here as well. Another note on sole-proprietors: Louisiana allows them, but if you are registered as a business entity (corporation, LLC, LLP, etc.), then you cannot also be a sole-proprietor.

Firm licensure, who needs it? It turns out that your firm does. The LSBAE staff is here to aid you and answer any questions you may have about firm licensure. Do not hesitate to contact us with your questions.



Review corner

By: Joe Delaune, Chief Architect

During the first quarter of this year our office received 4,567 plan review submittals. That is on pace to match the 2017 record of 18,242 submittals.
With this volume of plans requiring review, we are constantly looking for ways to increase productivity, quality, and consistency. As such, I have implemented a few initiatives to expedite plan review. Our staff has recently been reorganized in an effort to enhance services and retain experienced and knowledgeable employees. An Assistant Chief Architect position has been created to help coordinate the supervisors and the staff specialists. Two Senior Specialist positions have been filled. These individuals will perform special duties and extra duties that had previously been assigned to supervisors, such as equivalency reviews, database maintenance, and plan review guide updates.

Other Specialist positions now concentrate on system review types such as fire alarm, locking, health care, and Uniform Construction Code reviews. All of these positions will involve training for staff and our industry partners and allow for succession planning. There are 11 categories of review types with multiple sub-categories for most of them, and every review manager here performs multiple roles and has multiple duties. With so many review types and specialties, we rely on these experts to keep up with requirements regarding that specialty. Much thanks to Chief Browning and Cooper for their support with this initiative!

We have established a goal to address each submittal within 5 days of receipt. Our desire is to begin the review process, become familiar with the scope of work, check for a complete submittal and request any additional information if necessary, and hopefully, even complete the review. This does not guarantee approval or completion within this time frame, as there are many factors that are largely out of our control. The volume of submittals we receive fluctuates and the scope of each project varies greatly, however we constantly strive to meet our goal. The goal is also to prevent smaller scopes of work from being queued behind the larger more complex projects. We all understand that this office is the first step towards safe economic development and the time we spend is critical for maintaining construction schedules.

Consistency among individual reviewers has always been our goal as well, and is our biggest challenge. We use the same review guides and checklists, but each of us have slightly different perspectives based upon our past experiences in this office and in private practice. I have implemented a training program where each month we all review the same project(s), then discuss the differences between our reviews during our monthly staff meeting. We have had healthy discussions and agree upon only one direction that everyone will follow. It’s been very helpful and we will continue to do this. If anyone would like to offer their plans for this exercise please let me know. The results are confidential and off-line. I always appreciate any feedback concerning the quality of our review letters. Please never hesitate to let me know your concerns so that we can address them and continue to improve.

There is a new step in our review process that we implemented along with our OSFM-IMS system. We have added a “Corrections Required” status in order to force any issues detected during the review to be addressed before construction begins. This tool allows us to keep a project active in lieu of rejecting it and provides a chance for applicants to correct minor deficiencies. Prior to implementing this procedure we had discovered, upon inspection, that, all too often, construction was proceeding without the cited minor deficiencies being addressed. This caused delays in occupancy, corrections to be made in the field, and/or liabilities to be placed upon the owner.

Keep in mind that the majority of submittals that we receive are not from professionals of record (POR) however the process remains consistent throughout all of our review types. For projects that are received from POR’s, small minor deficiencies or requirements not clearly indicated on the construction documents may still only be cited as “cautionary” and construction will be allowed to proceed, so please continue to review and address these comments prior to construction.

Once again thank you all for your continued support and partnership with this office and never hesitate to contact me with any suggestions on how we can improve our service to you!



NCARB develops and recommends standards to be required of an applicant for architectural registration, and develops and recommends standards regulating the practice of architecture. Through NCARB, the content of both the AXP and ARE are reviewed continuously by representatives of architecture registration boards around the country. The LSBAE Board has a long history of service to NCARB in the development of both the examination and the experience program.

Over the past 10 years, seven members of our Board and former Executive Director Teeny Simmons have been at the table working on committees addressing issues related to development of the ARE, including writing content for the exam and design of ARE 5.0, the overhaul of the IDP into today’s AXP, the comprehensive review and updating of the NCARB Education Standard, development and implementation of the concept of integrating the path to licensure by allowing schools to design a program that enables students to work on all components of licensure while enrolled in school, and service on a Resiliency Workgroup that completed a multi-year effort curating references and resources that document both the need for resilient design, as well as the capacity of the profession to provide appropriate services.

In addition, the Board has members who have held or currently hold leadership positions on the Council. Our Public Member, John Cardone, is currently serving on the NCARB Board of Directors, and was the first public member on an architectural registration board to fill the position of Public Member on that Board.

The level of commitment of this board to the continuous monitoring and improvement of the regulation of architecture cannot be matched by any other Board in the country! We are lucky to have such knowledgeable and dedicated individuals serving the citizens of Louisiana.


NCARB approves first third-party test prep materials for ARE 5.0

As part of its continued effort to help candidates prepare for the architectural licensing exam, the NCARB has launched a new Approved Test Prep Provider Program. Through this initiative, companies that create study materials for the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) 5.0 can submit them to NCARB for review and approval.

In April 2018, Black Spectacles® became the first NCARB-approved provider of study materials for two divisions of ARE 5.0: Project Planning & Design and Project Development & Documentation. This designation confirms Black Spectacles’ content appropriately covers the key elements of each division.

“Our goal is to help candidates better navigate the path to licensure,” said NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong. “By working with test prep providers, we can give candidates confidence that the materials they’re using are accurate and dependable.”

In addition to ensuring ARE candidates have access to quality study materials, NCARB’s Approved Test Prep Provider Program also benefits companies. Approved providers will receive detailed feedback on submitted resources and be recognized on NCARB’s website.


Countdown to ARE 4.0’s retirement nears

Licensure candidates have until June 30, 2018, to test in ARE 4.0.
With the retirement of the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) 4.0 around the corner, thousands of licensure candidates have already switched to the latest version, ARE 5.0, and many are finding success with the new exam.

Since ARE 5.0 launched in 2016, candidates have had the option to take ARE 4.0, ARE 5.0, or a combination of both versions to complete the examination requirement. But time is running out for candidates looking to complete the exam in ARE 4.0, which is why NCARB is encouraging test takers to plan their transition strategy or switch to ARE 5.0 now.

ARE 4.0, which retires on June 30, 2018, features seven divisions organized around different content areas. In comparison, ARE 5.0 features six divisions organized around the phases of a typical architecture project. These divisions also align with the Architectural Experience Program’s™ (AXP™) practice areas, an improvement test takers find both refreshing and beneficial.

ARE 5.0 also incorporates the latest testing methods, replacing ARE 4.0’s vignettes with case studies, hotspots, and drag-and-place questions. The exam will continue to use multiple choice, check-all-that-apply, and quantitative fill-in-the-blank questions.

Anyone who has not completed the exam by June 30, 2018, will need to transition to ARE 5.0 to complete the ARE. To help make the upcoming change as smooth as possible, NCARB has developed a number of free resources, including an interactive Transition Calculator that shows how ARE 4.0 credits will transfer to the new exam. Candidates can also get real-time help from NCARB experts through the ARE 4.0 and ARE 5.0 communities.