Wisconsin State Statutes 440.08 (2), the required renewal date for the Architect credential is 07/31/even years. Should you receive your initial credential in the months leading up to this date, you are still required to renew your license by the statutorily defined date.
An application is not required to be submitted to the DSPS to take the ARE. Applicants must submit
Application for Architect Registration (Form #1737) after all parts of the ARE are completed.
Licensure by Comity (For Architects Licensed by Another State)
An applicant may apply for registration if he or she has an unexpired registration in another state in which registration requirements are not lower than those in Wisconsin. The applicant must pass the NCARB Architect Registration Examination and have 7 years of architectural experience (education included). Applicants may apply by using NCARB Council Record or by direct application. Details on the process can be found on the application Form #1737.
Applicants may be eligible for a temporary permit to proceed with a pending project during the time it takes to process an application for registration. The Examining Board may, upon completion of the required fee, grant a permit to practice or to offer to practice architecture to a person who is not a resident of and has no established place of business in this state, or who has recently become a resident of this state, if the person holds an unexpired certificate of similar registration issued to the person by the proper authority in any state or territory or possession of the United States when the requirements for the registration of architects are of a standard not lower than specified in
Wis. Stats. § 443. Average determination period on temporary permit is 10 days.
Registration Seals: As a credential holder with this Board, you are required to obtain a personal registration seal in compliance with the specifications outlined in
Wis. Admin. Code § A-E 2.02. It is the credential holder's responsibility to obtain a seal, which should only include the numbers before the dash (i.e. 30666-006, 8178-005). The inner circle area of the seal must include the credential holder's name, credential number, and the city and state where the credential holder resides or is employed. This information serves as a basis for locating the credential holder and should be the same as the mailing address on file with the Board office (i.e. if the credential holder's address is Memphis, TN, then Memphis, TN must be placed on the inner circle).
Submission of Plans for State Approval
Questions regarding the submission of plans for state approval should be directed to the Safety and Buildings Division of DSPS at
Certificate of Authorization
A firm, partnership or corporation requesting a certificate of authorization shall submit a completed application and fee to the Department. See
Architectural, Engineering or Designer of Engineering Systems, Corp Certificate for more information.
Pre-Credential Education Information
Route 1 : Combination of Education and Experience
A diploma of graduation or a certificate, from an architectural school or college approved by the examining board as of satisfactory standing, together with at least 2 years' practical experience of a character satisfactory to the examining board in the design and construction of buildings;
Route 2 : Experience Only
A specific record of 7 or more years of experience in architectural work of a character satisfactory to the examining board in the design and construction of buildings.
Note : A bachelor of architecture from an approved school or college shall be considered as equivalent to 5 years of experience, and the completion satisfactory to the examining board of each year of work in architecture in such school or college without graduation shall be considered equivalent to one year of experience. Graduation in a course other than architecture from an approved school or college shall be considered as equivalent to not more than 4 years of experience.
Foreign Education: The Board accepts foreign education. All transcripts must be professionally translated into English, indicating all courses taken and degree earned.
For more specifics see Wis. Admin. Code § A-E 3.03 and 3.04
Application for Licensure
1737||Application for Architect Registration|
1947||Equivalent Architectural Experience (Intern Development) Program Record of Experience|
472||Architect Applicant Appraisal Form (5 Appraisal Forms Required)|
475||Verification of Examination or Registration|
2288||Application for Credential Reinstatement|
2490||Applicant Appraisal Form for Reinstatement (3 Appraisal Forms Required)|
2489||Experience Record for Credential Reinstatement|
2252||Convictions and Pending Charges|
3071||Fax Payment Form|
Application by Reinstatement (License Expired Five Years or More)
Submit application Form #2288, supporting documentation and fee as well as evidence that you have completed at least 24 hours of continuing education in the 2 years immediately prior to your application according to
Wis. Admin. Code § 12.04(3).