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Hello associate architects and fellow associate AIA members,

So, you've graduated from architecture school with a professional degree; go you! You managed to land a job at a great firm, fantastic! And now you're logging AXP hours everyday; you're on fire! ...but now it's time to think about the dreaded ARE exams.

AIA Charlotte is welcoming any interested associate members to join the upcoming study group! Working in ARE 4.0 and ARE 5.0, this year's study groups will go above and beyond to conquer the last hurdle to becoming a licensed architect. Join a group that will help you accomplish your goals through peer collaboration and mentorship!

Members of the groups will receive the following benefits:

  • Weekly peer study sessions
  • Knowledge from experienced mentors
  • Tips on where to find free resources online
  • Study and work in a group to keep that momentum going

Contact Anna C. Anklin, Assoc. AIA for more information.

ARE 4.0 Retirement FAQ's

Now that the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®) 4.0 has retired, you may be wondering what happens next. Whether you’ve been planning your transition to ARE 5.0 for a long time or you’re just getting familiar with the new exam, here are answers to some of your frequently asked questions.


As of October 1, 2018 ARE 5.0 is referencing the newest versions of the AIA Contract Documents and the 2015 International Building Code—which you can download for free online. The ARE will continue to address the standard agreements previously identified. Candidates should expect to see additional questions related to the following contracts:

A133-2009: Owner-Construction Manager as Constructor Agreement
A195-2008: Owner-Contractor Agreement for Integrated Project Delivery
A295-2008: General Conditions of the Contract for Integrated Project Delivery
B195-2008: Owner-Architect Agreement for Integrated Project Delivery

NCARB Resources

NCARB Registration Board Licensing Requirements: North Carolina

NCARB IDP Guidelines (Revised July 2014)

ARE 5.0 Guidelines

ARE 5.0 Handbook

 ARE 5.0 Community

ARE 5.0 Video Prep Series


Sample Documents Referenced in the ARE found on here


We recommend the following exam order:

PcM / PjM / CE / PA / PPD / PDD

and overlapping certain exams is highly recommended:
PcM / PjM / CE go together well
PPD / PDD go together well

Updated ARE 5.0 outline study guides coming soon.

Disclaimer: Outline study guides are suggestions and best practices. Reading Ballast first helps introduce you to all the information, while AHPP takes you deeper into the material. You can always choose one or the other; AHPP has been the best to use material-wise. Supplemental audio resources can help you passively study.  Best practice: go through flash cards after reading the material first.



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