AIA Cleveland
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Getting Licensed

Obtaining your license is a big step in your career. The process is demanding but the payoff gives you a competitive edge and the power to create your own future.  We’re here to support you every step of the way.


One of the primary requirements for becoming a licensed architect is passing the Architect Registration Exam (ARE). The exam covers six practice areas: practice management, project management, programming and analysis, project planning and design, project development and documentation, and construction evaluation, preparing you for professional practice in the U.S. AIA offers a variety of resources to assist you in passing the exam and getting that architect stamp you've been working for.

AIA Cleveland is pleased to offer ARE Study Guides to our members at no cost.  AIA Cleveland currently has ARE 5.0 Study Guides available.  If you are an AIA Cleveland member and would like to check out a study guide, please complete the Reservation Form below, print it out and bring it with you when picking up the study guides.  It is advised that you check with the office that the specific study guides you would like to check out are available prior to stopping by.


If materials are not returned by the agreed upon return date you will be charged for the cost to replace them. If materials are significantly damaged while in your possession you will be charged for the cost to replace them. This is approximately $100 per book. We will contact you if materials have not been returned by the due date. If materials are not returned within two weeks of the date of contact your credit card will be charged.


Looking for some motivation or someone to study with? We can connect you with someone studying for the ARE’s. The AIA Cleveland Connect mentorship program is a great way to find someone that can help you plan your ARE testing track. There are many people in AIA Cleveland that have been down this pathway and are here to help you succeed in your path to becoming an Architect. If you are interested in an ARE Study Buddy or Mentor, please visit HERE.


AIA Ohio has a program titled AIA Ohio Cares (Catalyst for Architectural Registration Exam Scholarship), that is geared toward helping ARE Candidates with grants to complete their ARE testing.  This program is open to all Ohio residents who are eligible to take the ARE and the funds may be used for either the cost of testing or for other associated costs, including study material.  The fund permits members and non-members alike to apply for funding. AIA Associate members may qualify for a grant of up to $200, while non-members are limited to $100 grants.  Grants are limited to one per year and funds available for this program are limited so awards will be made on a first come, first serve basis.

To apply for the grant CLICK HERE to complete an application form.


Finish AXP? Get your license? Pass one ARE Test? All are a great achievements in your journey to becoming a registered Architect.  Come celebrate your success this year at our end of year Young Architects and Associate Member Happy Hour in December!