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UPDATED 09/30/2021 (ORIGINALLY POSTED: 05/17/2021) - With the Governor's signing of HB 1861 (now Act 73 of 2021), licensing waivers that had been set to expire September 30 will remain active until March 31, 2022, unless action is taken to end them sooner. We will provide additional updates as needed.

NOTICE - Due to global supply chain issues involving specialty paper, the printing of professional licenses will be delayed. Applications will continue to be processed and approved. Once approved, the license will be considered 'issued' even though the paper license is not immediately available. A license can be verified online here.

Please check back regularly for updates. Thank you!


State Architects Licensure Board 

The State Architects Licensure Board serves to protect the health, safety and property of the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the regulation of the practice and licensure of the architectural profession. Among its other functions, the Board promulgates standards of professional conduct and establishes rules and regulations for the examination of licensure applicants.
 

Information on the Governor’s Plan to Reopen Pennsylvania

The plan for Pennsylvania can be found here

More information on the full process to Reopen Pennsylvania can be found here


Changes to the ARE



Electronic Signatures and Seals During Covid-19 Pandemic
Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, social distancing guidance from the Federal and State government and remote work is making it difficult for Architects to issue final or complete documents to clients, where Architects might interpret existing regulations to require a physical stamp and signature. The Department of State is providing this notice to clarify that all licensees of the State Architects Licensure Board may utilize electronic/digital signatures and seals until such time that Governor Wolf determines that the statewide emergency proclamation may be lifted. Electronic/digital signatures and seals affixed during this statewide emergency shall be recognized as originals notwithstanding the end of the current statewide emergency. 
 
Coronavirus Information
Learn more about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

The Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA) received reports that a person pretending to be from the State Architects Licensure Board (Board) is calling licensees about the status of their license.  The scammer asks for credit card information.  Persons who give their credit card information may not only lose their money, but also can become a victim of identity theft.

Licensees are urged to avoid becoming a victim of credit card fraud or identity theft:

  • BPOA and/or Board will NOT call licensees asking for payment over the phone.
  • If you get a text message or call asking for your credit card information, hang up.
  • Do NOT give your personal or financial information over the phone.
  • If you feel that you are a victim of any type of scam, you should immediately notify your local or state police.

 
Please note that neither the Board/Commission, nor its staff or counsel, are permitted to provide legal advice or advisory opinions, including interpretations of the law or regulations, or any indication as to how the Board would vote on any given case or scenario.  You are invited to contact a private attorney or professional organization for advice or guidance.