• Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects

    The Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects (APELSCIDLA Board) examines, licenses, and regulates approximately 35,000 individuals and related business entities in Virginia.

    Licensing Section  (804) 367-8506
    Board Office  (804) 367-8514
    FAX  (866) 465-6206
    Email  apelscidla@dpor.virginia.gov    
    • NCARB AXP Launch June 29th | Read important notice re: saving IDP reports, system downtime
    • Notice for Principles of Surveying (PS) exam candidates 
    • Attention PEs: NCEES is seeking licensed environmental engineers for online survey as part of exam update process.
      • Learn more and respond by July 20th deadline.   
       
    • Read updates from NCARB about ARE 5.0, coming in late 2016  
  • Forms & Applications

    Architect | Professional Engineer and Engineer-in-Training | Land Surveyor, Land Surveyor-B, and Surveyor-in-Training | Surveyor Photogrammetrist | Certified Interior Designer | Landscape Architect | Business Registration 

    • Go to: Most Requested Forms (address change, criminal conviction reporting, certification request, etc.) 

    Applicants must read and understand the APELSCIDLA Board Regulations. Application fees are not refundable. 

    DPOR Boards only accept the most recent versions of the applications provided below. DPOR Boards are not responsible for processing delays associated with forms that do not conform to this requirement. 

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    Architect  

    Professional Engineer (PE) and Engineer-in-Training (EIT)

    EIT applicants: Read about NEW application process for NCEES computer-based FE exam 

    Land Surveyor (LS), Land Surveyor B (LS-B), and Surveyor-in-Training (SIT)

    SIT applicants: Read about NEW application process for NCEES computer-based FS exam 

    Surveyor Photogrammetrist (SP)

    Certified Interior Designer (CID) 

    Landscape Architect (LA)

    Business Registration

    NOTE: To register a LLC (Limited Liability Company), use the Business Entity Application. 

     

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    Laws & Regulations

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    Meetings & Minutes

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    The Virginia Regulatory Town Hall provides access to the board's meeting schedule, agendas, and past meeting minutes.

    Visit the Town Hall: http://www.townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewboard.cfm?boardid=7&display=meetings 

    Education & Exams

    Architects | Professional Engineers | Land Surveyors | Certified Interior Designers | Landscape Architects | NCEES Approved Calculator List 

    Continuing Education

    Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Landscape Architects must attest to completion of 16 hours of continuing education in order to renew or reinstate their licenses. For more information, please review 18 VAC 10-20-683 of the APELSCIDLA Board Regulations.

    Architect Exam

    ARCHITECTS 

     

    Examination 

    NCARB Architect Registration Examination (ARE 4.0)

     

    Exam Vendor 

    Prometric
    (800) 479-6215

    Frequency and Dates of Exam 

    Daily
    Contact Prometric 
    (800) 479-6215

    Deadline for Application 

    No application deadline.
    Applications are reviewed on a continuous basis.

    Exam Fees 

    $210 each division
    (7 divisions total)

    Exam Locations 

    Contact Prometric
    (800) 479-6215

    Questions About Exam Scheduling or Registration? 

    Only candidates pre-approved by the Board should contact Prometric at (800) 479-6215 or www.prometric.com/NCARB 

    Other Questions? 

    To obtain an application package or to check on the status of your application, contact the Board office at (804) 367-8506 or apelscidla@dpor.virginia.gov.

     

    Professional Engineer Exam

    PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS  

    FE   

    PE 

    Examination  

    NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)

    NCEES Principles & Practice (PE)
    NCEES PE Structural-Vertical Forces (8 hours)
    NCEES PE Structural-Lateral Forces (8 hours)
     

    Exam Vendor  

    NCEES 

    NCEES   

    Frequency and Dates of Exam  

    Four three-month cycles each year, described here

    Twice a year: 
    October 28, 2016
    April 21, 2017

    Deadline for Application and Fee  

    Register directly with NCEES and pay testing fees directly to NCEES.
    Apply to Board for EIT designation only AFTER passing exam. 

    June 22, 2016 (for October exam)
    December 7, 2016 (for April exam)
    First-time applicants must submit application and application fee to Board BEFORE registering with NCEES. 

    Deadline for Exam Registration and Fee  

    Information about NCEES registration and fee policies available here.

    Sept. 1, 2016 at 3PM EST (for Oct. exam)
    Register online with NCEES to reserve your seat for the exam AFTER receiving eligibility notice from Board.  

    [NCEES deadline for April 2017 exam TBA.]

    Exam Fees
    Candidates must register with NCEES to create an account.  

    $225 

    payable to NCEES 

    $250 | PE
    $400 | Structural
    payable to NCEES 

    Exam Locations  

    Visit NCEES for testing sites.

    Chesapeake
    Fairfax
    Lynchburg
    Richmond
    Wytheville 

    Questions About Exam Scheduling or Registration?  

    Contact NCEES about the process for applying or registering.

    Only candidates pre-approved by the Board should contact NCCES.  

    Other Questions?  

    Final exam results ("pass/fail" only) will be available to candidates through MyNCEES a week to 10 days after taking the exam. 

    To obtain an application package or to check on the status of your application, contact the Board office at (804) 367-8506 or apelscidla@dpor.virginia.gov.

    Land Surveyor Exams

    LAND SURVEYORS  

     FS  

    PS 

    LS | LS-B | Photogrammetrist 

    Examination  

    • NCEES Fundamentals of Surveying (FS)

     

     

     

    • NCEES Principles of Surveying (PS)

     

     

    • Virginia State-Specific Land Surveyor (LS)
    • Land Surveyor B (LS-B)
    • Surveyor Photogrammetrist

    Exam Vendor  

    NCEES

     

    NCEES 

    • read about transition to computer-based testing (CBT)
     

    DPOR 

    • read more for content outlines and suggested reference materials

    Exam Frequency  

    Four three-month cycles each year, described here 

    Four three-month cycles each year, described here.

    LS exam: 
    Typically the second Friday of the first month of each quarter. 

    • October 28, 2016
    • January 20, 2017
    • April 14, 2017
    • July 14, 2017
    • October 20, 2017

    LS-B and Photogrammetrist exams offered once a year ONLY, in the spring: 
    • April 14, 2017

    Application Deadlines 

    Register directly with NCEES and pay testing fees directly to NCEES.
    (Apply to Board for SIT designation only AFTER passing exam.)
     

    Register directly with NCEES and pay testing fees directly to NCEES, unless you are a first-time applicant.

    • First-time applicants must submit application and application fee to Board BEFORE registering with NCEES. 

     

    LS exam: 

    • June 20, 2016 (for Oct. 2016 exam)
    • Sept. 12, 2016 (for Jan. exam)
    • Dec. 5, 2016 (for April exam)
    • March 6, 2017 (for July exam)
    • June 12, 2017 (for Oct. 2017 exam)
    Submit application and application fee to the Board.

    LS-B and Photogrammetrist exams:
    • Dec. 5, 2016 (for April 2017 exam) 
    Submit application and application fee to the Board. 

    Exam Fee Deadlines  

    Information about NCEES registration and fee policies available here. 

    Register online with NCEES AFTER receiving eligibility notice from Board. 

     

    Information about NCEES registration and fee policies available here.

    LS exam: 

    • August 29, 2016 (for Oct. 2016 exam)
    • Nov. 21, 2016 (for Jan. exam)
    • Feb. 13, 2017 (for April exam)
    • May 15, 2017 (for July exam)
    • Aug. 21, 2017 (for Oct. 2017 exam)

    LS-B and Photogrammetrist exams:
    • Feb. 13, 2017 (for April 2017 exam)  
     

    Exam Fees   

    $225
    payable to NCEES
     

    $300 
    payable to NCEES 

    $150 per exam 
    payable to Treasurer of Virginia; submit to the Board 

    Exam Locations  

    List of NCEES testing sites available here

    List of NCEES testing sites available here.  

    DPOR, 9960 Mayland Drive
    Richmond, Virginia 23233

    Questions About Exam Scheduling or Registration?  

    Read about the process for applying and registering, or contact NCEES  

    Only candidates pre-approved by the Board should contact NCEES

    Contact the Board office at (804) 367-8506 or by email.

    Other Questions?  

    Final exam results ("pass/fail" only) will be available to candidates through MyNCEES a week to 10 days after taking the exam.  

    To obtain an application package or to check on the status of your application, contact the Board office at (804) 367-8506 or by email.

    To obtain an application package or to check on the status of your application, contact the Board office at (804) 367-8506 or by email.  

     

    Certified Interior Designer Exam

    CERTIFIED INTERIOR DESIGNERS 

     

    Examination 

    NCIDQ Examination (national)

    Exam Vendor  

    NCIDQ 
    (202) 721-0220
    applications@ncidq.org  

    Frequency and Dates of Exam  

    Twice a year (Spring and Fall)
    Contact NCIDQ 

    NCIDQ Application Approval Deadline 

    January 15 for Spring exam
    July 15 for Fall exam

    Exam Fees  

    Submit directly to NCIDQ 

    Initial Fees 

    • Certificate Candidate Application (all sections)$220 (non-refundable) 
    • Supplemental Application Review Fee $95/missing item (non-refundable) 

     

    Fees Per Section | Visit NCIDQ for more information

    • IDFX | $295 
    • IDPX | $345 
    • Practicum| $450  

     

    Additional Exam Fees Per Administration | Visit NCIDQ for more information 

    • Late Exam Registration (Practicum) | $175 
    • Exam Cancellation (IDFX/IDPX/Practicum) | $50/$75/$130 
    • Exam Emergency Cancellation (IDFX/IDPX/Practicum) | $125/$125/$225
     

    Exam Locations  

    Arlington
    Richmond (Spring only)

    Questions About Exam Scheduling or Registration?  

    Contact NCIDQ at (202) 721-0220 or inquiries@ncidqexam.org   

    Other Questions?  

    After successfully passing the national NCIDQ exam, contact the Board office to obtain an application package. 

    Landscape Architect Exam

    LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS 

    Virginia applicants must first apply to the APELSCIDLA Board for approval to sit for the LARE. Upon Board approval, applicants then register for the exam directly through CLARB. 

    Examination 

    Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE), a four-part computerized exam

    Exam Vendor  

    CLARB (Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards)
    (571) 432-0332
    info@clarb.org  

    Office hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST

    Frequency and Dates of Exam   April 4-16, 2016 
    August 1-13, 2016 
    December 5-17, 2016  

    Deadline for Application to APELSCIDLA Board 

    Completed applications are due to the Board no later than 130 days prior to the exam.

    Exam Application and Fee Deadline  

    Payable to vendor 

    For complete LARE registration deadlines, exam fees, administration dates and locations, visit the CLARB website.

    Exam Locations  

    CLARB partners with Pearson VUE Test Centers to administer the LARE. Candidates may take any section of the LARE in any Pearson VUE Test Center offering the exam, regardless of where you wish to obtain initial licensure.

    Questions About Exam Scheduling or Registration?  

    Only candidates pre-approved by the APELSCIDLA Board should contact CLARB at (571) 432-0332 or info@clarb.org.

    Other Questions?  

    To obtain an application package or to check on the status of your application, contact the Board office at (804) 367-8506 or apelscidla@dpor.virginia.gov.

    News & Publications

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    Board News

    • Visit the Board Newsletters page and choose the "APELSCIDLA Dimensions" tab to view issues.
    • Information about VDH Stakeholder Facilitation (SHIFT): Overview, meetings, and documents related to transition and private-sector participation in onsite sewage program administration and oversight.   

    Press Releases

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. How do I contact the Board office? Will I be able to speak directly with a Board member?  
    2. I am licensed in Virginia, and applying for licensure in another state.The other state is requesting verification of my Virginia license. What do I need to do? 
    3. I need to renew my license, but I haven't received my renewal form. What do I need to do? 
    4. My renewal payment was one day late and I have always paid on time. Can you waive the late fee? 
    5. I did not renew on time because I didn't receive my renewal card. Do I still have to pay a late fee or reinstate my license? 
    6. Does the Board office use the date of receipt or the postmark date to determine whether an application or renewal was received on time? 
    7. My address and/or name has changed. What do I need to do to notify the Board? 

    How do I contact the Board office? Will I be able to speak directly with a Board member? 

    You may reach us by phone at 804-367-8506 (Licensing Section) or 804-367-8514 (Board Office), by FAX at (866)-465-6206, or by e-mail at apelscidla@dpor.virginia.gov. Additionally, if you have information that you would like to mail, please send it to:

    APELSCIDLA Board
    Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
    9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400
    Richmond, VA 23233

    The Board members do not work in the Board office. They come into the Board offices for Board meetings and hearings, but are not here on a daily basis. Board office staff members can answer your questions and are trained to process all information that comes into the Board office. Please do not contact Board members directly.

    I am licensed in Virginia, and applying for licensure in another state.The other state is requesting verification of my Virginia license. What do I need to do? 

    Please complete the Certification Request Form and send it with a check for $35.00, made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia. Specify where you would like the certification to be mailed.

    I need to renew my license, but I haven't received my renewal form. What do I need to do?

    No earlier than 60 days prior to your license expiration, send in the renewal fee, make checks payable to the Treasurer of Virginia, and include your license/certificate/registration number on your check. Mail this information to:
    APELSCIDLA Board
    Department of Professional & Occupational Regulation
    9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400
    Richmond, VA 23233

    You CANNOT continue to practice in Virginia after your license/certificate/registration has expired.

    My renewal payment was one day late and I have always paid on time. Can you waive the late fee?

    No. The Board's regulations allow a 30-day grace period in which a license may be renewed without penalty (therefore, your payment is actually 31 days late). Staff cannot waive the fee. 

    I did not renew on time because I didn't receive my renewal card. Do I still have to pay a late fee or reinstate my license?

    Yes. Board regulations state that failure to receive the renewal notice does not relieve you of the obligation to renew.

    Does the Board office use the date of receipt or the postmark date to determine whether an application or renewal was received on time?

    The date the application or renewal was received in the agency determines whether it is on time, not the postmark date. If the renewal fee is received after the due date, you will be required to pay the reinstatement fee. If the reinstatement fee is received after the due date, you will be required to reapply for licensure, meeting all current requirements.

    My address and/or name has changed. What do I need to do to notify the Board?

    Many Boards allow you to update your ADDRESS using Online Services, so login to your personal profile to see if this is an option for your license type. The alternative is to complete, print, sign, and submit an Address Change Form to the Board office by mail. Unless updated online, all Address Change Forms must be received by the Board in writing. When providing a post office box as the mailing address, it must be accompanied by the physical address.

    To report a NAME CHANGE: complete, print, sign, and submit a Name Change Form to the Board office. All name changes must be received by the Board in writing. Individual name change requests must be accompanied by a copy of a marriage certificate, divorce decree, court order, or other official documentation that verifies the name change.

    Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects (APELSCIDLA Board)

    Executive Director

    Kathleen (Kate) R. Nosbisch 

    Board Administrators

    Marian Brooks 
    Tonia Harrison

    Member Roster

    Architects

    Robert A. Boynton | Chair
    First four-year term ends 6/30/2016
    Richmond

    R. Corey Clayborne
    First four-year term ends 6/30/2019
    Charlottesville

    Christine Snetter 
    Architect Section Chair 
    First four-year term ends 6/30/2017
    Providence Forge 

    Professional Engineers

    Carolyn B. Langelotti 
    P.E. Section Chair  
    First four-year term ends 6/30/2016
    Midlothian 

    Wiley V. Johnson, III 
    Second four-year term ends 6/30/2013
    Lynchburg 

    Christopher M. Stone 
    First four-year term ends 6/30/2018
    Virginia Beach

    Land Surveyors 

    Doyle B. Allen
    First four-year term ends 6/30/2019
    Forest                                            
     

    Mike Zmuda
    First four-year term ends 6/30/2018
    Mechanicsville 

     

    Charles F. Dunlap 
    L.S. Section Chair 
    First four-year term ends 6/30/2017
    Winchester

    Landscape Architects

    A. Cabell Crowther | Vice-Chair
    L.A. Section Chair
    Second four-year term ends 6/30/2019 
    Concord  

    Andrew M. Scherzer
    Second four-year term ends 6/30/2017
    Midlothian 

    Certified Interior Designers

    Cameron Stiles 
    First four-year term ends 6/30/2018 
    Ashland 

    Sheila E. Wilson 
    C.I.D. Section Chair
    First four-year term ends 6/30/2016
    Roanoke 

    Board members are appointed by the Governor. To learn more about the gubernatorial appointment process, visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website. 

    Interested in serving the APELSCIDLA Board as an Advisory Member? 

    Military and Veterans Services

    DPOR stands ready to assist veterans and active-duty military personnel as they maintain or transition to civilian careers requiring professional credentials.

    Active-duty military personnel and their spouses having served outside the U.S., as well as certain diplomatic service members and veterans, may be eligible to receive up to a five-year extension for meeting license renewal requirements (pursuant to Section 54.1-117 of the Code of Virginia).

    Spouses of active-duty military personnel assigned to a duty station in Virginia are eligible for expedited processing using the Military Spouse Expedited License Application (PDF). A temporary, non-renewable six-month license for certain military spouses licensed in another state who need more time to meet Virginia-specific requirements may also be an option. 

    For honorably discharged veterans, “substantially equivalent” military training, education, or experience may be credited toward certain license requirements (pursuant to Section 54.1-118).In addition, the Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs may reimburse veterans for the cost of license or certification exams. See the VA Pamphlet 22-02-1 for more information.

    Available Online Services

    (Please check back periodically as we add transactions in the future.)


    Apply for a new license/designation

    Architect (0401) 


    Address change

    Individual license types only 

    • Excludes Engineer-in-Training and Surveyor-in-Training designations


    Renew a license

    Individual license types only 

    • Excludes Engineer-in-Training and Surveyor-in-Training designations 


    Reinstate an expired license

    Architect (0401)
    Professional Engineer (0402)
     

    • License expired less than five (5) years

    NOTE: No online transactions available for firms/businesses at this time.

    Go to Online Services