In Illinois, architects must be licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Applicants for an architect's license must:

  • have a professional degree from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB); or
  • have a pre-professional 4-year baccalaureate degree from a NAAB accredited program;
  • complete a period of practical training or internship; and
  • pass the Architect Registration Examination.

Licensure must be renewed every two years and requires 24 hours of continuing education.

For additional information, contact:

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
320 West Washington Street, 3rd Floor, Springfield, IL 62786
Phone: 217.785.0800, Fax: 217.782.7645