Allied Members are not Architects, but are professionals in related fields, who collaborate with and support Architects in the creation of the built environment.

Emerging Professionals are generally considered to be intern architects aspiring towards licensure and those who have been licensed for 10 years or less.

AIA provides a number of resources for Emerging Professionals as well as the firms that support them:

For Firms {} – The AIA provides tools, resources, and best practices to help firms, supervisors, mentors, and IDP Coordinators foster intern professional development on the path toward licensure.

Architect Registration Examination (ARE®)

The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) is administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) {} to assess candidates for their knowledge, skills, and ability to provide the various services required in the practice of architecture.

The ARE 5.0 has launched as of November 1, 2016 and consists of the following six divisions that can be taken in any sequence. Exams include a combination of multiple-choice, check-all-that-apply, fill-in-the-blank, hot spot, and drag-and-place questions, as well as case studies. For the go-to resource to understand this new version, download the ARE 5.0 Handbook.

Practice Management

Project Management

Programming & Analysis

Project Planning & Design

Project Development & Documentation

Construction & Evaluation

Exam guides and practice tests are available in the Preparing for the ARE {} section of the NCARB website.

For those looking to get licensed in California, in addition to the ARE, the California Architects Board requires the California Supplemental Examination (CSE) {} for licensure. The CSE ensures that candidates are able to demonstrate minimum standards of competency and necessary architectural knowledge and skills to respond to the unique requirements and conditions in California.


Our Resource Library has materials that can be checked out by Associate AIA members for 4 week periods. Click here for a current list of our materials. Click here for the library check out policy. Library materials can be checked out for 3 weeks at a time. Please call the chapter office to inquire if materials are available. Have suggestions for new materials for our library? Email us at Here are some of our materials:

We have Brightwood (formerly Kaplan) 4.0 & 5.0 study material available for Associate AIA members to borrow.