State Board of Licensure for Architects, Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors: News


ARE 5.0 Launched November 1, 2016

The next version of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE), ARE 5.0, was launched on November 1, 2016 and incorporates the latest in testing technology. The exam incorporates the latest graphic testing methods and exam content with a new division structure.  It has been  reorganized into six divisions to align with the new Architectural Experience Program (AXP) and reflect the phases of architectural practice. 

While ARE 5.0 will be available to candidates effective  November 1, 2016, the ARE 4.0 will continue to be administered until June 30, 2018 to allow candidates to finish the exam in a way that best suits their needs.

For more detailed information about ARE 5.0 including question type demos and a Transition Calculator to help you create a personal testing strategy, visit

Retired Architect Status

Gov. Hickenlooper signed HB16-1076 on March 16, 2016 allowing Architects to place their licenses in Retired status. That option is now available to you only if your Colorado Architect license is in Active status and you are at least 65 years of age.

The current status of your license is paid and renewed through October 31, 2017 so there is no need to change your status to Retired until the renewal period that will begin in Sept.-Oct. 2017.

Note that the statute does not allow for a Retired Architect to practice, offer to practice, or represent oneself as anything other than "Retired Architect" while in Retired status.

Board Rules regarding the reinstatement of a license from “Retired” to “Active” status are available for review on the AES Laws, Rules and Policies page

Please sign up at the following link to be notified of future rulemaking:

If you wish to place your license into Retired status, you may complete and sign the Application to Change your Status to Retired and submit to the address on the application. Note that you will be required to attest you have met the requirements above. Be sure to keep a copy for your records.

Processing your application may take six to eight weeks after the receipt of your written request.