Requirements for an Architectural License

• High School diploma or GED.

• A professional college degree from an NAAB accredited school of architecture, requiring at least five years of specialized professional study.

• An internship of, at least, three years under the supervision of licensed, experienced architects.

(Vermont allows nine years of qualified experience working for licensed, experienced architects as an alternative to the above two requirements.)

• Successful completion of the nationally administered NCARB examination.

• Continuing Education. In Vermont, as in most other states, architects are required to maintain and update their professional knowledge. 24 hours of approved education in specified topics is required every two years. AIA membership requires 18 hours of continuing education annually, 12 of which must be in Life Safety topics.

For more detailed information on preparing for a career in architecture, see our Web Links for Education and Associates