Rules and Regulations for Architects


Title 415 Board of Examination and Registration of Architects
Chapter 00 N/A
Subchapter 00 N/A
Part 1 Rules and Regulations for Architects
Type of Filing Amendment
Regulation Status Proposed View Active Rule
Filing Notice Date 01/08/2021
Public Comment Dates 01/08/2021 to 02/07/2021

Regulation Authority :

R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-1-5

Purpose and Reason :

This regulation sets forth the licensing requirements and professional standards for architects in Rhode Island. In response to an inquiry from the Emerging Professionals Network of AIA Rhode Island, the Board of Examination and Registration of Architects (Architect Board) has proposed amendments to recognize the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ (NCARB) Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) program. The IPAL program allows students in the process of earning an accredited architecture degree to complete the experience requirements and portions of the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE) concurrently. The goals of IPAL are to streamline and hopefully shorten the path to licensure for architecture students and provide them with work experience prior to graduation. There are currently 21 schools nationwide that have established an IPAL option, with the University of Massachusetts -Amherst and Boston Architectural College being the closest to RI. The Architect Board concluded that the IPAL program is beneficial to architectural students and supports such students being able to take portions of the ARE prior to graduation from an accredited architecture degree program. 

The Architect Board has also proposed some continuing education amendments to allow members of state licensing boards to get up to 4 continuing education hours per year for attending board meetings. Only one credit will be awarded per meeting, provided that the meeting was at least 50 minutes long and the architect can prove that they were in attendance.  

A few other minor changes were made for clarity throughout the regulation. 

The specific substantive amendments are:

§ 1.4 – Add definitions for “Architectural Registration Exam" and "IPAL", relocate internal definition for “Continuing Education Hour” and update the definition of the Division.

§ 1.6 – Add language to allow applicants enrolled in an NCARB approved IPAL degree program to take components of the ARE prior to graduation. 

§ 1.8 – After moving the CEH definition to § 1.4, added a new introductory statement at 1.8(C). At 1.8(D), added a provision which allows members of any state architecture licensing board to receive up to 4 CEHs per year for attending licensing board meetings and clarified that no other types of self-reported CEHs qualify for credit in RI.  In 1.8(J), clarified the heading and updated the cross references. 


Comments Received*

Received on January 8, 2021 by James Libby

For architect continuing education compliance, it would be ideal if the state would accept an individuals American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Record as a means of compliance and to avoid an individual keeping duplicate records. Architects who are members of AIA maintain 18 continuing education requirements per year with a minimum 12 being in the area of Health Safety and Welfare. The AIA also keeps record of the member architects credit. The following is text from another state that could be adopted for Rhode Island. 'The State Board of Registration for Architects and Landscape Architects board will also accept an official transcript from the AIA, which clearly indicates which continuing education courses have been attended by that licensee, the dates attended, and the hours earned, etc. All licensees will need to maintain copies of the official transcript for three years per the above cited code. Please note, that certificates or a transcript from the AIA will not need to be provided to the board until and unless that practitioner is audited by the board.' Respectfully, James H. Libby, AIA

Notes by Reviewer :

Received on February 6, 2021 by Thomas Manning

I agree with the comment by James H. Libby, AIA. However, not all architects are members of AIA and might not have a transcript available. I recommend that 1.8 C. 2 be somewhat more specific as to who is qualified to provide structured educational activities and what form of documentation would be acceptable. My suggestions: Qualified Organizations • Any provider approved by the American Institute of Architects • The International Code Council • The National Fire Protection Association • Any state offering similar training (Both Connecticut and New York offer training to code officials that would also be appropriate for architects.) Acceptable Documentation • AIA Transcript • Transcript or record from ICC, NFPA, or any state as above • Certificate of training from any qualified organization (such as a manufacturer) Without limiting it to the above. Thank you for your very reasonable approach to continuing education for architects.

Notes by Reviewer :

Received on February 7, 2021 by Jonathan M. Taylor

AIA Rhode Island, Committee on Practice 5 Comments: Item 1 (RE: 1.4 A) IPAL definition should not use “Program.” The IPAL an initiative of NCARB is an optional path in a NAAB accredited program. As program is highly used for NAAB accredited programs, it should not be used in this context to avoid confusion. We suggest deleting the word program: “IPAL” means NCARB's Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure.” Item 2 (RE: 1.6 C) We suggest using model language from NCARB’s legislative guidelines. We suggest the following instead, “The ARE® will be given to all applicants qualifying under R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-1-8, and to students actively participating in a NCARB-accepted Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) option within a NAAB-accredited professional degree program in architecture.” Item 3 (RE: 1.7 B3) No change proposed to this section; why is regulating the word “Associate” necessary? Item 4 (RE: 1.8 D1) We offer two suggestions: 1) Close the out of state loophole, and expressly limit this self-reporting to the RI licensure board, not any jurisdiction, 2) Suggest extending this same self-reporting ability to architects serving on R.I. town/city zoning, planning boards etc... Without listing each of them, perhaps the State Board of Registration/Licensure of Architects could be allowed to maintain an approved list of public boards on which architects may serve and self-report HSW CEH. Item 5 (RE: 1.8 J2) We suggest an AIA transcript be identified as acceptable method of documentation. Proposed: “Forms may be audited by the Board for verification of compliance with these requirements. Documentation of reported CEHs shall be maintained by the architect for six (6) years from the date of award. A Rhode Island specific Continuing Education Transcript from The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is an acceptable form of documentation.” Thank you! Respectfully, Jonathan M. Taylor, AIA - on behalf of AIA Rhode Island, Committee on Practice

Notes by Reviewer :

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