California’s newest architect, Derek Stemrich, started his post collegiate work with PJHM Architects a little over eight “short” years ago. LEED Certified, Derek has become a true leader within the firm as a project manager responsible for numerous K-12 educational facility design of all types. His hard work efforts prepared him for the licensing exams which he passed sequentially without a single hitch. The PJHM family is very proud of him!
The California Architects Board was created in 1901 by the California Legislature to fulfill the mission of protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public through the regulation of the practice of architecture in California. It is one of numerous boards, bureaus, commissions, and committees within the Department of Consumer Affairs responsible for consumer protection and the regulation of licensed professionals. The Board establishes regulations for examination and licensing of the profession of architecture in California, which today numbers approximately 22,000 licensed architects and approximately 11,000 candidates who are in the process of meeting examination and licensure requirements.
Derek’s license number is C34608, so since the beginning of licensed architects in CA only 34608 people have been licensed. That’s an average of only 346 people a year!
Steps To Architectural License
1. Obtain an accredited professional degree in Architecture from an accredited program.
2. Establish a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Record and enroll in the Intern Development Program (IDP).
3.Complete all 5600 hours of experience requirements of the IDP.
4. Fill out a copy of CAB’s “Application for Eligibility Evaluation.”
5. Once approved by both NCARB and CAB to take the Architect Registration Examination (ARE), you may begin scheduling exams.
6. Wait for the California Architects Board to receive your examination results.
7. Once all 7 exams have been passed, CAB will send you an application to request taking the California Supplemental Examination (CSE).
8. Wait to receive your examination results.