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State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors

Joyce J. Young, Program Director

Consumer Protection is Our Mission.

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.



IDP Credit for Hours Completed Beyond Six Months

NCARB has approved a significant modification to its reporting requirement known as the “six-month rule” for credit in the IDP.  The new adjustment allows credit for intern experience that occurred up to five years previous to the current reporting requirements of six months.  Credit for experience older than eight months will be valued at 50% for up to five years, after which any experience would be ineligible for credit. The modified rule will go into effect July 1, 2014.  For more information, click here.

ARE Retake Policy to be Shortened to Allow or Three Retakes a Year

The wait time for retesting for the ARC divisions will decrease from six months to 60 days effective October 1, 2014.  This will allow for candidates who have failed a division to retake the division as soon as 60 days after the previous attempt, up to three times in a running year for any one division.  For more information, click here.

Visit www.ncarb.org, call NCARB Customer Service at 202-879-0520 or send an e-mail to customerservice@ncarb.org.


ARE Update: Exams Taken Before 2006 Expiring

July, 2014 marked the fifth year since the June 2009 update to the Rolling Clock, which means that any divisions passed before January 1, 2006 will begin to expire unless a candidate has passed all divisions of the ARE by July 1, 2014.

How do I know when my divisions or division credits will expire?
Log on to My NCARB and review your Rolling Clock history in My Examination. Any examination taken after 1996—the start of computer-based testing—is visible within My Examination and identifies the date the division or division credit will expire. Exams taken prior to computer-based testing are not tracked within My Examination.

What if I can’t see the Rolling Clock in My Examination?
The jurisdictions of Texas, Tennessee, Manitoba, and New Brunswick have their own independent rolling clock policies and therefore do not use the NCARB Rolling Clock. If you are a candidate within one of these jurisdictions, you will need to contact your Board directly for information regarding your current rolling clock status.

What if I completed divisions prior to computer-based testing?
Those exam divisions or any ARE 4.0 credit built from one of those divisions expired July 1, 2014. If you have kept your exam eligibilities active since 1996, your My Examination will correctly reflect the remaining divisions you must have completed prior to July 1, 2014. To view these open eligibilities, go to the “Schedule” portion of My Examination.

What do I do if my previous eligibilities have lapsed?
You will need to contact your registration board (or NCARB if your board participates in the Direct Registration program) to have your eligibilities reopened under the Board’s now current policies.

Why was the Rolling Clock originally enacted?
Prior to 2006, several jurisdictions had some form of a rolling clock in place, but there was no uniform standard. Member Boards decided that requiring the exam to be passed within a reasonable period better ensures the ARE remains a valid measure of the level of competence necessary to independently practice architecture. A uniform standard also helped facilitate reciprocity among jurisdictions.

Call NCARB Customer Service at 202-879-0520 or send an e-mail to customerservice@ncarb.org.

FE, PE, SE, FS or PS Exam Pass or Fail Information
For Colorado specific pass or fail information for FE, PE, SE, FS or PS exams, click here.

NCEES Examinee Guide

The NCEES Examinee Guide is the official guide to policies and procedures for all NCEES exams.  All examinees are required to read this document before starting the exam registration process.  It is the examinee’s responsibility to make sure you have the current version.  The recently updated version is available at:  www.ncees.org/examinee-guide

October 2014 Exam Changes

PE Petroleum – The PE Petroleum exam will have revised specifications starting in October 2014.  The specifications are posted on the NCEES website at: http://ncees.org/exams/pe-exam/

 April 2015 Exam Changes

PE Agricultural and Biological Engineering – The PE Agricultural and Biological Engineering exam will have new specifications starting in April 2015.  The specifications are posted on the NCEES website at: http://ncees.org/exams/pe-exam/.  As a reminder, the PE Agricultural exam will not be administered in October 2014.  It has been revised and renamed the PE Agricultural and Biological Engineering exam and will be administered starting in April 2015 and in every spring administration thereafter.

Structural Engineering (SE) 16-Hour – The SE 16 hour exam will have revised design standards starting in April 2015.  The standards are available at: www.ncees.org/exams/se-exam/

PE Civil – The PE Civil exam will have revised specifications starting in April 2015.  There will also be new design standards for the Civil Construction, Geotechnical, Structural and Transportation modules starting in April 2015.  The specifications and standards are available at:  www.ncees.org/exams/pe-exam/

For more information and the latest updates regarding the January 2014 start of the NCEES Computer Based Testing (“CBT”), click here.  You are also encouraged to connect with NCEES on their social media sites of Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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.


PE & PS Application Deadline Dates

The application deadline for engineer and surveyor applications is June 1, 2015 to be eligible to take the October 2015 PE and PS examinations.

The application deadline for engineer and surveyor applications is December 1, 2015 to be eligible to take the April 2016 PE and PS 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 Transition to Computer-Based Testing:

In January 2014, the FE and FS exams transitioned to computer-based testing (CBT).  The FE and FS exams are no longer administered via pencil-and-paper format.  As a result, registration is now open year-round and examinees may select the exam time, date and location that works best for them.   Click here for more information or visit the NCEES website at: http://ncees.org/exams/cbt/.

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://ncees.org/exams/

Surveying Examination (PS and FS) Information:
Check out http://ncees.org.exams/


Legislation passed during the Legislative Session impacts the Division of Professions and Occupations. Please review the program's Laws, Rules and Policies web page to learn of any changes due to legislation.

Updated Resource for Local Officials:

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.

Did you Know?

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)(m), C.R.S. A complaint form and information about the process is available here.  

License Expiration Dates have changed to October 31st for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors: Click here for more information.

Board Statistics FY14: Check it out Here

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