McClintock legislation that will remove barriers to the architectural licensing process is signed into law

The governor signed into law a bill from Rep. Stephanie McClintock on Wednesday, aimed at simplifying the testing process for people seeking an architectural career in Washington.

Current law requires an applicant to pass the required examination to qualify for registration as an architect in Washington. However, there is a five-year rolling timeline for all applicants to successfully complete every section of the registration exam. House Bill 1880 will eliminate the five-year rolling timeline.

“This is an important change for the architectural industry,” said McClintock, R-Vancouver. “Many people have job changes or life events that prevent them from being able to pass each section of the examination within five years. When that happens, they lose credit for their previously passed sections and must retake them.

“This is an unnecessary barrier that costs extra time and money, and disproportionately impacts women and minorities. According to the National Council of Architectural Registration Board, this is an outdated policy that is hurting their industry. This change makes licensure more equitable and helps people pursuing a career in architecture. It also aligns Washington with national standards.”

The Washington State Board of Architects is responsible for determining the examination’s scope, content, and grading process, and the exam must be held at least annually. Under House Bill 1880, which removes the five-year rolling period, applicants who fail to pass any section of the examination are permitted to retake any failed sections of the examination as the Board prescribes, without facing a deadline.

“This small change will benefit the entire architectural industry in Washington and create more equity in the licensing process,” said McClintock. “I’m happy to see it signed into law.”

The bill is scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2024.


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