Vol. 25 Iss. 5 - November 10, 2008

Chapter 20
Final Regulation

Title of Regulation: 18VAC10-20. Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects Regulations (amending 18VAC10-20-120, 18VAC10-20-140).

Statutory Authority: §§ 54.1-201, 54.1-404, and 54.1-416 of the Code of Virginia.

Effective Date: January 1, 2009.

Agency Contact: Mark N. Courtney, Executive Director, Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400, Richmond, VA 23233, telephone (804) 367-8514, FAX (804) 527-4294, or email


The amendments permit architect license applicants who are applying via examination to begin taking divisions of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) prior to completing the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Intern Development Program (IDP). Currently, the board’s regulation requires an architect examination applicant to complete the NCARB IDP prior to becoming eligible to take the ARE.

Summary of Public Comments and Agency's Response: A summary of comments made by the public and the agency's response may be obtained from the promulgating agency or viewed at the office of the Registrar of Regulations.

18VAC10-20-120. Experience.

A. The successful completion of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Intern Development Program (IDP) shall be required of all applicants for original licensure. IDP training requirements shall be in accordance with NCARB's Handbook for Interns and Architects, [ 2006-2007 2008-2009 ] Edition.

B. All applicants must have a minimum of 36 months experience/training prior to submitting an application for examination. Any experience/training of less than eight consecutive weeks will not be considered in satisfying this requirement.

C. All applicants must have a minimum of 12 months experience/training in architecture as an employee in the office of a licensed architect prior to submitting an application for examination. An organization will be considered to be an office of a licensed architect if:

1. The architectural practice of the organization in which the applicant works is under the charge of a person practicing as a principal, where a principal is a licensed architect in charge of an organization's architectural practice either alone or with other licensed architects, and the applicant works under the direct supervision of a licensed architect; and

2. The practice of the organization encompasses the comprehensive practice of architecture, including the categories set forth in the NCARB IDP requirements.

18VAC10-20-140. Examination.

A. All applicants for original licensure in Virginia are required to pass an NCARB-prepared examination after meeting the education and experience/training requirements as provided in this chapter. Provided all other requirements are met, a license as an architect will be issued upon passing the NCARB examination.

An applicant shall be admitted to the NCARB-prepared examination prior to completing the experience requirements contained in 18VAC10-20-120 if the applicant is otherwise qualified and provided the applicant is enrolled in the NCARB IDP.

B. The Virginia board is a member board of NCARB and as such is authorized to make available the NCARB-prepared examination.

C. Grading of the examination shall be in accordance with the national grading procedure administered by NCARB. The board shall utilize the scoring procedures recommended by NCARB. Grades for each division of the examination passed on or after January 1, 2006, shall be valid in accordance with the procedure established by NCARB.

D. The NCARB-prepared examination will be offered at least once a year at a time designated by the board.

E. The board may approve transfer credits for parts of the NCARB-prepared examination taken and passed in accordance with national standards.

F. Unless otherwise stated, applicants approved to sit for an examination shall register and submit the required examination fee. Applicants not properly registered will not be allowed into the examination site.

G. Applicants approved to sit for the examination shall follow NCARB procedures.

H. Examinees will be notified by the board of passing or failing the examination.

I. Should an applicant fail to pass the NCARB-prepared examination within three years after being approved to sit for the examination, the applicant must reapply. If the applicant has not been taking the examination on a continuous basis during the three-year eligibility period, or fails to reapply within six months after the end of the three-year eligibility period, or both, then the applicant shall meet the entry requirements current at the time of reapplication.

NOTICE: The forms used in administering the above regulation are not being published; however, the name of each form is listed below. The forms are available for public inspection by contacting the agency contact for this regulation, or at the office of the Registrar of Regulations, General Assembly Building, 2nd Floor, Richmond, Virginia.

[ FORMS (18VAC10-20)

Architect License Application, (Architect Information Sheet) 0401LIC 0401LIC (rev. 5/16/0710/10/08).

Verification of Architect Examination and Licensure Form, 0401ELVF 0401EXVER v.1.0 (rev. 3/1/02 9/5/08).

Architect Experience Verification Form, 0401 EXP 0401EXP v1.0 (rev. 3/26/02 9/5/08).

Architect Client Experience Verification Form, 0401CEXP 0401CEXP v1.0 (rev. 3/1/02 9/5/08).

Architect Degree Verification Form, 0401DEG 0401DEG v1.0 (rev. 3/1/02 9/5/08).

Architect Reference Form, 0401REF v1.0 (rev. 2/23/05 9/5/08).

Architect License Reinstatement Application, 0401REI 0401REI v.1.0 (rev. 12/1/04 9/5/08).

Architect License Renewal Form, 0401REN, 0401REN v1.0 (eff. 4/11/05 9/5/08)

Professional Engineer License Application, (Professional Engineer Information Sheet) 0402LIC (rev. 2/1/07 9/22/08).

Professional Engineer Reference Form, 0402REF 0402REF v.1.0 (rev. 3/1/02 9/5/08).

Professional Engineer License Reinstatement Application, 0402REI 0402REI v1.1 (rev. 12/1/04 9/15/08).

Professional Engineer and Engineer-in-Training Degree Verification Form, 04EDEG 0402_20DEG v1.0 (rev. 3/1/02 9/5/08).

Professional Engineer and Engineer-in-Training Experience Verification Form, 04EEXP 0402_20EXP v1.0 (rev. 2/19/04 9/5/08).

Engineer Verification of Examination and Licensure Form, 04EELVF 0402_20EXVER v1.0 (rev. 3/1/02 9/5/08).

Engineer-in-Training Designation Application, (Engineer-in-Training Information Sheet) 0420DES 0420DES v1.0 (rev. 2/1/07 9/5/08).

Engineer-in-Training Reference Form, 0420REF 0402REF v1.0 (rev. 3/1/02 9/5/08).

Course Requirements for Engineering Technology Program, 0402CREQ 0402_20CREQ v1.0 (eff. 2/19/03 9/5/08).

Professional Engineer License Renewal Form, 0402REN, 0402REN v1.0 (eff. 4/11/05 9/5/08).

Land Surveyor License Application, (Land Surveyor Information Sheet) 0403LIC (rev. 2/1/07 9/17/08).

Land Surveyor License Reinstatement Application, 0403REI (rev. 12/1/04 9/17/08).

Land Surveyor B License Application, (Land Surveyor B Information Sheet) 0404LIC (rev. 2/1/07 9/17/08).

Land Surveyor B License Reinstatement Application, 0404REI (rev. 12/1/04 9/17/08).

Land Surveyor and Surveyor-in-Training Degree Verification Form, 04LSDEG 0403_30DEG (rev. 2/1/07 9/17/08).

Land Surveyor Verification of Examination and Licensure Form, 04LSELVF 0403_30ELV (rev. 2/1/07 9/17/08).

Land Surveyor & Surveyor-in-Training Experience Verification Form, 04LSEXP 0403_30EXP (rev. 2/1/07 9/17/08).

Surveyor Photogrammetrist License Application (Surveyor Photogrammetrist Information Sheet), 0408LIC (eff. 9/19/08).

Surveyor Photogrammetrist License Renewal Form, 0408REN (eff. 9/19/08).

"Grandfather" Surveyor Photogrammetrist Reference Form, 0408REF (eff. 9/19/08).

Surveyor Photogrammetrist Experience Verification Form, 0408EXP (eff. 9/19/08).

"Grandfather" Surveyor Photogrammetrist Experience Verification Form, 0408GXP (eff. 9/19/08).

Surveyor Photogrammetrist License Reinstatement Application, 0408REI (eff. 9/19/08).

Surveyor Photogrammetrist Degree Verification Form, 0408DEG (eff. 9/19/08).

Surveyor Photogrammetrist Verification of Examination and Licensure Form, 0408ELVF (eff. 9/19/08).

Surveyor-In-Training Designation Application, (Surveyor-in-Training Information Sheet) 0430DES (rev. 2/1/07 9/17/08).

Land Surveyor License Renewal Form, 04LSREN, 0403_04REN (eff. 4/11/05 9/17/08).

Landscape Architect Certificate Application, (Landscape Architect Information Sheet) 0406CERT (rev. 2/1/0710/6/08).

Verification of Landscape Architect Examination and Certification Licensure Form, 0406ELVF 0406ELV (rev. 3/1/02 9/17/08).

Landscape Architect Experience Verification Form for Examination and Comity Applicants, 0406EXP (rev. 6/23/05 9/17/08).

Landscape Architect Degree Verification Form, 0406DEG (rev. 3/1/02 9/17/08).

Landscape Architect Certificate Reinstatement Application, 0406REI (rev. 12/1/04 9/17/08).

Landscape Architect Certificate Renewal Form, 0406REN, (eff. 4/11/05 9/17/08).

Interior Design Designer Certificate Application, (Interior Designer Information Sheet) 0412CERT (rev. 2/1/07 9/17/08).

Verification of Interior Designer Examination and Certification Form, 0412ELVF 0412ELV (rev. 3/1/02 9/17/08).

Interior Designer Degree Verification Form, 0412DEG 0412DEG v1.0 (rev. 3/1/02 9/11/08).

Interior Designer Experience Verification Form, 0412EXP 0412EXP v1.0 (rev. 8/11/05 9/11/08).

Interior Designer Certificate Reinstatement Application, 0412REI 0412REI v1.0 (rev. 3/1/02 9/11/08).

Interior Design Designer Certificate Renewal Form, 0412REN, 0412REN v1.0 (eff. 4/11/05 9/11/08).

Professional Corporation Registration Application , (Professional Corporation Information Sheet), 04PCREG (rev. 6/2/06 9/25/08).

Professional Corporation Branch Office Registration Application, 04BRPC 04BRPCREG (eff. 6/7/06 9/25/08).

Business Entity Registration Application , (Business Entity Information Sheet) 04BUSREG, (rev. 6/2/06 9/25/08).

Business Entity Branch Office Registration Application, 04BRBUS 04BRBUSREG (rev. 1/3/07 9/25/08).

Professional Limited Liability Company Registration Application Form, (Professional Limited Liability Company Information Sheet) 04PLCREG (rev. 6/2/06 9/25/08).

Professional Limited Liability Company Branch Office Registration Application, 04BRPLC 04BRPLCREG (rev. 6/7/06 9/25/08). ]


Handbook for Interns and Architects, 2006-2007 2008-2009 Edition, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, 1801 K Street, NW, Suite 1100-K, Washington, DC 20006, ]

VA.R. Doc. No. R07-136; Filed October 10, 2008, 2:24 p.m.