AIA CA and NCARB Townhall Event

The AIA CA and NCARB hosted a Townhall Event April 15th, 2021, to discuss updates on new ARE testing procedures, the online proctored examination process and provide a forum for our members to express their testing experiences. The discussion was moderated by AIA CA’s Licensing Advisor (South), David Garcia, Assoc. AIA and AIA LA’s Francisco Arias, Assoc. AIA with guest Jared N. Zurn, AIA, NCARB, CAE – Vice President of Examination for NCARB. The program topics were developed from our members’ input via the “AEP and AIALA EP Survey on Licensing Exam Issues”. Moderators discussed the importance of licensure and alternate licensure paths available for candidates. Additional key topics included the pandemic, its disruption to online proctoring, and future changes members can expect.

The AIA LA and AIA CA would like to thank Jared Zurn for his time and participation in the event illustrating the value of open communication between AIA and NCARB. More importantly we want to thank those of you who attended and submitted questions during the event. While we were unable to address all the questions during the Townhall, we appreciate all the emerging professionals for taking an active role in the process. In case you missed the program, we are happy to share the recording and responses to all the questions submitted during the event below.

If you have not participated in the survey about your ARE examination experiences, we are still looking to hear from all our members. The survey can be accessed here. As always, if you have any questions related to state licensing please reach out to David Garcia ( and/or Liam Hanlon ( Additionally, the AIA LA EP Committee is always a resource for those looking for additional support. Please reach out to the AIA LA EP Committee Chairs Francisco Arias ( and/or Alise Robles (


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