NAAB-Accredited Programs Provide Advantage to Architecture Students

Data from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) shows that graduates from programs accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) are better equipped to pursue their architectural aspirations.

Washington, DC—The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) recently released data that indicates aspiring architects who graduate from programs accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) are more successful in completing their licensure goals. This information was featured in the 2015 edition of NCARB by the Numbers—a yearly report about the path to licensure—which is now is available for free download at

“In addition to experience and examination, education is a vital step along the path to licensure,” said NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong. “The latest data from NCARB by the Numbers reveals that NAAB-accredited programs are not only producing architecture students who achieve higher success rates on the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), but are developing the vast majority of aspiring architects who are working to gain their license.”

The report offers the following data from 2014:

  • Of the aspiring architects who created an NCARB Record—the first step on the path to licensure—69 percent graduated from NAAB-accredited programs.
  • ARE candidates from NAAB-accredited programs had a 69 percent success rate on the exam versus a 58 percent success rate for candidates from non-accredited programs.
  • Candidates from NAAB-accredited programs completed the ARE in 2.4 years, versus 2.8 years for those from non-accredited programs.

The 2015 NCARB by the Numbers also offers revealing information in several other key licensure-related areas. This includes a record high number of aspiring architects reporting hours through the Intern Development Program (IDP) or testing for the ARE, an increase in the number of licensed architects being reported by licensing boards, and a higher percentage of racial and ethnic minorities making up the aspiring architect pool. The latest edition also presents the data in a new format, breaking the information out into topical sections and providing a dashboard of comparative statistics for each of the 54 U.S. jurisdictions that make up NCARB’s membership.


The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ membership is made up of the architectural registration boards of all 50 states as well as those of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NCARB assists its member registration boards in carrying out their duties and provides a certification program for individual architects.

NCARB protects the public health, safety, and welfare by leading the regulation of the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for licensure and credentialing of architects. In order to achieve these goals, the Council develops and recommends standards to be required of an applicant for architectural registration; develops and recommends standards regulating the practice of architecture; provides to Member Boards a process for certifying the qualifications of an architect for registration; and represents the interests of Member Boards before public and private agencies. NCARB has established reciprocal registration for architects in the United States and Canada.