PLANNING FOR LICENSURE?
What is the "conventional" route to becoming a Licensed Architect? To put it in short, In Nevada, you will need to get a NAAB accredited degree in Architecture, complete NCARB's Intern Development Program, and pass NCARB's Architect Registration Examination. You will then apply to the state board for a license.
Education takes 5 years for a B Arch or 3 years for an M Arch [should you already have a bachelor’s degree in a related field]. The IDP typically takes 3 years and the ARE can be taken at your own pace once you have an accredited degree. The ARE currently consists of 7 divisions but is undergoing changes that will go in effect sometime in 2016 which will reduce the total exam to 6 divisions.
Once all divisions of the ARE have been passed, you will receive an NCARB certificate which gives you the ability to use the reciprocity clause that most states offer towards becoming a licensed architect in another state. Every state is different, so make sure that you are in communication with NCARB and the board that you wish to be registered with. After becoming licensed, you still need to keep up with annual continuing education credits, but that's another story!
For the ARE study guide by NCARB and a suggested list of study materials, go to the NCARB ARE guidelines and the ARE Forum's list of books. The ARE Forum itself and it's FTP site are great resources for anyone attempting the ARE.
Your AIA Northern Nevada Chapter is equipped with an ARE Prep Library, which you may borrow from. For borrowing rules, list of materials and checking out items, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Borrowing Rules HERE