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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 a reminder, the cost of each ARE 5.0 division will increase from $210 to $235 on October 1, 2018. The total cost of the six-division exam ($1,410) will still be less than ARE 4.0’s total fees. Candidates can purchase seat credits for an ARE 5.0 division at the $210 price until September 30. Purchase your seat credits in advance of the fee increase if you plan to test within the next twelve months and save $25 per division. Read more


Starting on October 1, ARE 5.0 will reference the newest version 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



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Sample Documents Referenced in the ARE found on here 
NCARB NEWS: Beginning October 1, 2014, candidates who have failed a division of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) will be able to retake the division as soon as 60 days after the previous attempt and up to three times in a running year. Blog here

Information on ARE 5.0 (to launch in late 2016) found on NCARB website here 


We recommend the following exam order:
BS / BDCS / SS / PPP / Site / CDS / SD

and overlapping certain exams is highly recommended:
PPP / Site / CDS go together well
BDCS / SS go together well

Click on an exam below to view the suggested study outline



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



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