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The State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers, and Professional Land Surveyors regulates and licenses architects, professional engineers and professional land surveyors. The mission of the Board is to safeguard life, health, and property and to promote the public welfare. The Board does not regulate or require registration of architect, engineer or land surveyor firms. Board activities include examining and enrolling engineer and land surveyor interns, examining and licensing architects, professional engineers and professional land surveyors, investigating complaints about each profession and disciplining those who violate the law and/or Board’s Rules. The Board is made up of 13 members: three from the architect and land surveying professions, four from the engineering profession and three public members. It works closely with national organizations such as NCARB, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and NCEES, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.
The Executive Director of DORA has released a report in response to a proposal submitted by the Colorado Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers regarding mandatory continuing education for Professional Engineers. To read this report, click here.
In September 2011, NCARB announced the signing of long-term contracts with Alpine Testing Solutions, Inc. and Prometric, Inc. for the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). Since that announcement, staff and these consultants have been working to ensure a successful and seamless migration from a single consultant to two consultants in July 2013. At that time, Alpine will take over content and candidate management for the ARE, while Prometric will continue to be the Council’s site management consultant. This switch will offer several benefits for Member Boards and candidates.
Estimated Blackout: July-August 2013
During the blackout:
During the blackout Member Boards will NOT be able to:
During the blackout candidates will NOT be able to:
Rolling Clock Extension
For all candidates who test in a jurisdiction with the standard rolling clock rules, a 12-week extension to the five-year rolling clock will be given. Note: Colorado adheres to the standard rolling clock rules.
Member Board and Candidate Portal
At the end of the blackout, the Council will launch new Member Board and candidate systems through My NCARB to administer exam eligibilities and scheduling.
Post-blackout, candidates will:
Candidates will need to have an active NCARB Record to schedule exams and view their exam history. Since 2008, it has been a requirement for newly eligible candidates to have an NCARB Record to take the ARE. However, if for some reason a candidate does not have a Record, NCARB will issue a free Record for one year that will allow access to the ARE portal only. After one year, candidates will have to renew their Record to maintain access. If candidates with this limited Record would like to document experience or education information, they will need to pay the full intern application fee.
What's Next: Tentative Timeline
ARE Portal FAQs
What are the benefits of the new ARE portal?
In early 2013, Prometric, Alpine, and NCARB will conduct a pilot test that will test the flow of data from one vendor to the other. The test will replicate multiple complete candidate testing experiences.
On 1 July 2013, Prometric will turn off all access to its system to grade the final batch of exam divisions taken on or before 30 June 2013, and to begin the data migration with process to Alpine. During this time, an estimated eight-week blackout from all ARE related testing systems will be in effect for Member Boards and candidates.
Why is the blackout expected to take eight weeks?
All data—both candidate related and content related—currently stored in Prometric’s system will be securely migrated to NCARB’s new candidate and content management consultant, Alpine Testing Solutions, Inc. This includes name and contact information, candidate number, eligibility history, and all test history, including dates of division administration, scores, form and vignette delivery, and all item responses for all ARE candidates administered since 1997. This equates to candidate and examination data for over 90,000 candidates—including those who have completed the ARE and those still in progress.
What can candidates do during the eight-week blackout?
While candidates will not be able to schedule or take any divisions of the ARE during the blackout, NCARB expects to have several resources available for candidates to review prior to the launch of the new portal. Updated guidelines and exam guides will be available for review as well as a webcast introducing the new processes post-blackout.
Will candidates receive an extension to their rolling clock?
Yes. NCARB will grant an automatic 12-week extension to the rolling clock, and is working with jurisdictions with their own rolling clock rules to ensure all candidates receive the same extension. If the blackout is shorter than originally estimated, candidates will still receive the full 12-week extension.
Will a candidate need to keep their NCARB Record active through testing?
What if a candidate doesn't have an NCARB Record?
How will a candidate’s testing information be linked to their NCARB Record?
If you have questions, please contact Kathy Hillegas at NCARB at (202) 879-0540 or email@example.com.
Application Deadline Dates
The application deadline for engineer and surveyor applications is June 1, 2013 to be eligible to take the October 2013 examinations.
*****December Graduates: plan accordingly as the application deadline will not be changed.*****
Plan accordingly with plenty of time to gather your documentation.
FE and FS Exams Continue Transition to Computer-Based Testing: The first computer based exams are scheduled to be given in early 2014. Click here for more information.
NCARB Intern Development Program (IDP) Update: The final phase of IDP 2.0 was implemented April 2012. Find out more at www.ncarb.org.
Architect Registration Examination (ARE) Updates: Stay apprised of any updates and changes to the ARE at http://www.ncarb.org/ARE.aspx
ARE Rolling Clock At A Glance: A Summary of information at http://www.ncarb.org/are/enews/2010/august/index.html
Engineering Examination (PE and FE) Updates: Find out about changes to the upcoming PE and FE examinations at http://www.ncees.org/Exams.php
Surveying Examination (PS and FS) Information:
The Division is now called the Division of Professions and Occupations, effective August 8, 2012. To help our consumers and licensees more readily locate and utilize our services, the legislature passed House Bill 12-1055 during the 2012 legislative session. Please note, the Division of Professions and Occupations will still be housed within the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). Services the Division currently offers will remain the same.
Legislation passed during the Legislative Session impacts the Division of Professions and Occupations. The Division is developing an implementation process at this time. Please check back in the near future to learn about any changes to rules, requirements and important deadlines.
Check out the revised Building Officials Handbook that is now oriented to all local officials and called the Local Officials Guide. In the future, you can find this publication in our Library/Publications link.
If you are licensed as an Architect, Professional Engineer, or Professional Land Surveyor, you probably know that your primary obligation is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public. But did you also know that it also means an obligation to report to the Board any licensee known to have violated any provision of the Statutes, any Board order, or Board rule. Your knowledge and skill as a licensed professional allows you to be aware of substandard practice. In those cases, it is your responsibility to bring them to the Board's attention. Reference §§12-25-108(1)(h), 208(1)(h) and 308(1)(h), C.R.S. A complaint form and information about the process is available here.
License Expiration Dates have changed to October 31, 2013 for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors: Click here for more information.
The Sunset Report for the AES Board is Now Available: Find out more here.
Board Statistics FY12: Check it out Here
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