To become an architect, you’ll need to meet your jurisdiction’s education requirement. For most candidates, this means earning a degree in architecture from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Participating in an Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) option—currently offered at 28 NAAB-accredited programs—can help you earn a license shortly after graduation by completing your experience and examination requirements while earning a degree.

There are alternative pathways to licensure for applicants with other (or no) college degrees. NCARB’s Education Standard is an approximation of the requirements of a NAAB-accredited degree program, and can be used to evaluate degrees earned through non-accredited programs.