Rules and Regulations for Architects
|Title||415||Board of Examination and Registration of Architects|
|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.