Become an Architect
The final step on the path to licensure is examination. Passing this requirement allows you to prove your competence and readiness to practice architecture.
There is both a national exam, the Architect Registration Examination (ARE), administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), and a state exam, the California Supplemental Examination (CSE), which is administered by the Board. Both the ARE and CSE are standardized, computerized examinations.