To be registered in Texas, a applicant must meet the same education requirements
as any Texas registrant. For specific information, select the appropriate profession:
Foreign Degree - Architecture
All applicants must present evidence of approved education, must complete the Intern Development Program (IDP) through the
National Council of Architect Registration Boards (NCARB,) pass the Architect Registration Examination (ARE,) and provide
proof of legal status in the U.S.
To apply for registration in Texas, first enroll in the IDP program at
You should then submit your transcript and have your degree evaluated by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) at
Contact them first to see if your transcript should be translated. When the evaluation is complete, ask NAAB to submit a copy
to NCARB to be added to your IDP records.
If NAAB indicates that your degree does not meet the NCARB educational standard, additional education will likely be required.
After you have completed the educational requirement, and have at least 6 months experience under a registered architect, you
may begin taking the ARE, and should contact our office for information on getting started. You may complete the TBAE
online application at
You will still need to complete the IDP before becoming a registered architect, but you can begin taking parts of the exam
while completing the internship.
When your IDP is complete, you should ask NCARB to transmit a copy of your records to our Board. When we receive those
records, we will contact you. For more information on the exam, please see the NCARB web site at
Before finally becoming registered as an architect, all applicants must provide
for the purpose of a criminal history check. To read the TBAE rules regarding registration by exam,
see Subchapters B & C
Foreign Degree - Registered Interior Designer
Transcripts of degrees granted by a college or university in a foreign nation must be
evaluated on a course-by-course basis by
World Education Services,
Inc., P.O. Box 5087, Bowling Green Station, New York, NY 10274-5087, attach their official report to the application.
The cost of evaluation must be paid by the applicant
Foreign Degree - Landscape Architecture
Please contact the
Exam Coordinator at (512) 305-8527