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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.



ARE Update: Exams Taken Before 2006 Expiring Soon

This July marks 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.

Act Now and Complete Your ARE

If you have ARE 4.0 division credits that will expire July 1, 2014,act now by planning and preparing to complete the ARE. Develop a plan to complete each outstanding division before your previous credits expire.

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 will expire July 1, 2014. If you have kept your exam eligibilities active since 1996, your My Examination will correctly reflect the remaining divisions you must complete 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 that 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.

For Colorado specific pass or fail information with your FE, PE, SE, FS or PS exams taken October 2013, click here.

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

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

SB13-161 became effective July 1, 2013.  You can review the bill here.   Listed below are some of the more notable changes to the Architect, Professional Engineer and Professional Land Surveyor statute.  Rulemaking information will be available soon.


  • Amends exemptions to allow for landscape architects.  12-25-103
  • Clarifies language for organizations permitted to practice engineering.  Eliminates the requirement for a licensed engineer to be a partner in a partnership. 12-25-104
  • Revises the Board’s fining authority for consistency. 12-25-108(4)(a)
  • Includes updates to the Professional Engineer seal, including its required elements and use and the allowance for electronic seals. 12-25-117


  • Clarifies language for organizations permitted to practice land surveying. 12-25-204
  • Revises the Board’s fining authority for consistency. 12-25-208(4)(a)
  • Includes updates to the Professional Land Surveyor seal, including its required elements and use and the allowance for electronic seals. 12-25-217
  • Updates language regarding monument records, including maintenance and required elements. 38-50-103, 38-50-104 and 38-50-105
  • Updates language for monument records submission requirements; more clearly defines fees and the submission and recording requirements. 38-50-103, 38-53-104
  • Updates language regarding Improvement Location Certificates, including document requirements and to whom copies must be provided.  38-51-108
  • Clarifies monumentation of land survey requirements. 38-51-104
  • Clarifies language regarding monument record form compliance and technical specifications and conditions of acceptance for deposit. 38-53-106, 38-53-107


  • Updates the definition of the practice of architecture including specific title protection. 12-25-302
  • Updates the definition of responsible control. 12-25-302(7)
  • Amends exemptions to allow for landscape architects. 12-25-303
  • Amends the unauthorized practice of architecture by applying specific title protection to businesses and individuals. 12-25-305
  • Allows the fining of individuals unlawfully engaged in the practice of architecture and the requirement for the unlicensed individual to refund the full compensation collected for such practice.  12-25-305(9), 12-25-305(10)
  • Eliminates mental incompetency as a form of discipline. 12-25-308(1)(o)
  • Revises the Board’s fining authority for consistency. 12-25-308(4)(a)
  • Eliminates the requirement for architects to report life safety malpractice claims, rather, requiring the reporting, within 60 days, of any claim that is settled or where a judgment is rendered. 12-25-312
  • Includes updates to the Professional Architect seal, including its required elements and use and the allowance for electronic seals; more clearly defines sealing documents by the architect in responsible control. 12-25-317

Application Deadline Dates

The application deadline for engineer and surveyor applications is June 1, 2014 to be eligible to take the October 2014 examinations.

The application deadline for engineer and surveyor applications is December 1, 2014 to be eligible to take the April 2015 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:
Check out http://www.ncees.org/Exams.php


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.

We Changed Our Name!

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. 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)(h), 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 FY12: Check it out Here

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