PLANNING FOR LICENSURE?
The "conventional" route to becoming a Licensed Architect? To put it in short, get an NAAB accredited degree, complete NCARB's Intern Development Program, pass NCARB's Architect Registration Examination and apply to your state's board for a license.
Education takes 4 - 5 years, the IDP typically takes 3 years and the ARE can be taken at your own pace, you get 9 Divisions to tackle. NCARB adn the state's paperwork take some time too, so we are looking at a 10-year plan!
This gives you an NCARB certificate and gives you the ability to use the reciprocity clause that most states offer, if you hold an NCARB certificate, towards becoming a licensed architect in another state.
Every state is different, so make sure that you are in constant 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