Reciprocal License Agreement Gives Aussie Architects New Jurisdiction


The United States, Australia and New Zealand have entered into a new agreement that would allow architects certified in either one of the three countries to gain a reciprocal license.

The agreement was carried out with the shaking of hands by USA's National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) and the New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB).

NCARB President Kristine Harding said the arrangement is an exciting opportunity for architects seeking to expand their careers internationally.

"NCARB Certificate holders have been able to pursue licensure in Canada and Mexico for some time, and this arrangement represents a significant step in providing additional benefits to these architects."Similar to the license agreement between the US, Canada and Mexico, the new license agreement was born out of the realisation that Australia, New Zealand and the US meet almost parallel architectural licensing requirements.

Those who are looking to take advantage of the new opportunity will need to be in possession of a current NCARB Certificate.

Architects must also abide by a set criteria, which includes holding citizenship or lawful permanent residence in their home country, a license to practice architecture from a US jurisdiction that has signed the arrangement, and 6,000 hours (approximately three years) of post-licensure experience in their home country.

Meanwhile, the UK's licensing body, the Architects Registration Board (ARB), told Dezeen that the future situation is unclear regarding the current reciprocal licensing arrangement between the UK and other EU member states, primarily due to the Brexit vote.

"At the present time and in relation to ARB's remit we know little about what the UK's future relationship with the EU might be and understand that it might indeed take some time to resolve," the organisation said.

So far 29 of the 54 licensing boards in the US have accepted the new arrangement with Australia and New Zealand, including those in California, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.

The Mutual Recognition Arrangement between the trio of architectural licensing authorities came into effect at the beginning of 2017.

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