The USA’s National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is finalising negotiations to make the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) available in a test centre in Abu Dhabi.
The seven-division, computer-based examination is required by all 54 USA jurisdictions for architectural licensure and is currently administered in over 350 prometric test centres across the United States and Canada.
As well as the Abu Dhabi centre, the test will also be available in London and Hong Kong.
Sherif Anis, president of the American Institute of Architect’s Middle East Chapter, said: “This is a pretty big piece of news for us. We have been pushing very hard for this to happen for a long time.”
Anis (pictured above) continued: “It benefits mostly those graduates of US architecture schools, who live and work in the region but have not sat for their licensing exams.”
Eligible candidates with an NCARB Record can begin scheduling appointments at international test centres, following the council’s launch of the new My Examination service in late August 2013.
“We’re thrilled to offer candidates more flexibility and convenience in where they can sit for the ARE,” said NCARB CEO Michael J. Armstrong.
“The technology and proper security measures are now in place for the council to be able to offer the exam outside of North America and meet the needs of the growing number of U.S. interns employed abroad.”
More details about ARE can be found at NCARB.org.