ARE/AXP Resources


First thing’s first: Start your NCARB record.

AIA Continuing Education courses can be used for some of your elective AXP hours. 1 AIA HSW Learning Unit or Continuing Education Unit equals 1 AXP experience hour.  For helpful information about the AXP program, visit


1. Download the authorization to test number application!

A lot of graduate architects don’t realize they need an authorization test number to schedule and start taking the ARE.  Alabama allows graduate architects to register for an authorization to test number after they have completed six months of AXP hours which then allows them to start testing.

Authorization to Test application 

2. Study, study study!


ARE 5.0

Brightwood Architecture ARE 5.0 study guides are available for checkout at the AIA Birmingham office. Each set includes a study guide and flashcard set.

Sets in stock are:

  • Construction & Evaluation
  • Practice Management
  • Programming & Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Project Planning & Design (PPD)
  • Project Development & Documentation (PDD)



  • AIA Birmingham members: $50 CASH deposit (returned to you when all materials are checked in)
  • Non-members: $50 CASH deposit ($25 returned to you when materials are checked in)

Check out period:  2 weeks (no exceptions if there is a waiting list)

Late fees:
ARE 5.0: $2 per day for every day past 7 calendar days (high demand)
ARE 4.0: $1 per day for every day past 14 calendar days

Please call AIA Birmingham at 205-322-4386 or email Anna Ortiz at to see what is available. If needed, we will start a waiting list and will strictly adhere to it.


The EP Committee is excited to bring back Study Sessions in 2022! Our new EP Mentor Scott Heywood, AIA, will help guide our EP Study Sessions with an efficient guide to studying for your exam. Follow us on Facebook & Instagram to stay in the loop. Contact Anna Ortiz via for more information.

3. Testing Tips

Important Test Center Information

You should arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled exam appointment. You will need:

  • An official photo ID with a signature (Accepted forms of ID include: a valid drivers license, passport, military identification with photo, or national identification with photo.)
  • ARE Test Voucher (if applicable)

You must remain in your seat during your examination, except when authorized to leave by test center staff. Each division includes one mandatory 15-minute break. Scratch paper and pencils are provided and may be replaced as needed during the test. You may not remove scratch paper from the test center under any circumstance.

Technical Difficulties

You should notify test center staff immediately if:

  • You experience a problem with your computer, or
  • An error message appears on the computer screen.

If you experience software or hardware problems, please wait to see if the test center administrator can resolve the problem. The computer software has been designed to suspend testing time in the event your computer must be restarted. If your technical difficulties cannot be resolved, your examination will be rescheduled at your earliest convenience at NO COST.

Reporting Testing Concerns

DO NOT wait to receive your test results before expressing your concerns. You must report concerns in writing within 10 days of your examination to the ARE Helpdesk—not NCARB. Filing a report with the test center administrator does NOT satisfy the requirement of notifying the ARE Helpdesk directly. The ARE Helpdesk can be reached at:

ARE Operations Helpdesk
1200 Lenox Drive, Suite 100
Lawrenceville, NJ  08648
FAX: 609/895-5022

A copy of the letter to the ARE Helpdesk should also be forwarded to your registration board and NCARB.

Helpful Links

ARE 5.0 Guidelines
ARE 5.0 Handbook – Information on ARE testing and licensing procedures – Alabama licensing information – Information on local testing centers – Online resource to aid in gaining IDP credit – ARE 5.0 Information