NCARB Blackout Period

As announced in September 2011, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards is making technical changes in the management of its Architect Registration Examination program data, effective July 1, 2013. While Prometric will continue to be the site management consultant, Alpine Testing Solutions Inc. will be assuming responsibility for ARE content and candidate management. In order to facilitate this change, there will be an estimated eight-week blackout period for ARE candidates. This means:

  • No exam appointments may be scheduled on or after July 1 until the blackout period ends in late-August;
  • Beginning July 1, no exams will be administered until the blackout ends;
  • The last day to take an exam before the blackout is June 30;
  • The last batch of exams taken on or before June 30 will be scored by Prometric prior to data migration to Alpine Testing Solutions; and
  • The last day to contact Prometric to receive authorization to test/candidate ID numbers is June 30.


NCARB will grant all candidates an automatic 12–week extension to the rolling clock post-blackout. Also, while there will be no changes to exam content post-blackout, the process to schedule an exam appointment and receive score reports will be different.

Note: The AIBC will not have access to the candidate database during the blackout and thus will not be able to enter or create exam eligibilities or update contact information during this time.

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