Architect licensing standards receives strong industry support
Data from a study commissioned by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) reveals that voters support licensing standards as an important factor in protecting the public health, safety, and welfare. The survey gathered responses from nearly 1,000 U.S. voters on topics regarding public perceptions of regulation, licensing and the architecture profession. Through the survey, voters were asked questions regarding the value of licensing standards, the distinction between occupations and professions, and important aspects of an architect’s job.
Key findings from the survey revealed the majority of voters are in favor of professional licensing. Seventy-six percent of voters agree professional licensing makes consumers feel safe, and 74 percent agree professional licensing ensures competent, qualified professionals are serving the public.
In addition, 89 percent of voters agree it is important for architects, specifically, to be licensed. Recognizing that a key part of an architect’s job is ensuring buildings are safe and structurally sound, voters clearly distinguished architecture as a profession — which should be regulated — rather than an occupation.
Survey participants were informed that individuals working to become architects must complete both experience and examination requirements before earning a license. Reviewing this rigorous process made voters even more likely to support licensure for the architecture profession, raising the percentage of voters who believe it is important that architects be professionally licensed from 89 to 94 percent.
Findings from the survey will be used by NCARB and the Alliance for Responsible Professional Licensing — a new coalition of technical professions recently co-founded by NCARB — as they work to educate policymakers regarding the importance of reasonable licensing standards.
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