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Five College Programs Added to NCARB's IPAL Initiative

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The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) recently announced that architecture programs at five schools in the United States have been accepted into the Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) initiative, which allows students to pursue an architecture license while in school. Launched in 2015, IPAL allows accredited programs to incorporate the Architectural Experience Program and the Architect Registration Examination into curricula. Part of the reason for the creation of this path was to shorten the time to licensure, which is now down to an average of 12.5 years as of last year.

"IPAL programs embrace the reality that today’s candidates are pursuing the education, experience, and examination requirements for licensure concurrently,” said NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong in a press release. “Students who choose to enroll in an IPAL program will have a more enriching and holistic experience, and be able to establish themselves in the marketplace fairly quickly after graduation.”

Newly accepted programs—reviewed by NCARB's education committee—include the Boston Architectural College's B.Arch. program in Boston, Florida International University's M.Arch. program in Miami, the New York Institute of Technology's M.Arch. program in New York, Southern Illinois University's M.Arch. program in Carbondale, Ill., and the University of Massachusetts Amherst's M.Arch. program in Amherst, Mass.

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