The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) are among several organizations that have helped found the Alliance for Responsible Professional Licensing (ARPL).
This new coalition of technical professions will be focused on educating policymakers and the public about the importance of rigorous professional licensing standards.
Other members of the ARPL include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB), National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), and National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).
“NCARB and AIA may approach the licensing debate from different perspectives but we fundamentally agree that rigorous standards must be maintained in order to protect the public we both serve,” said Michael J. Armstrong, NCARB CEO. “Complex professions are at risk of being swept up in broad calls to reduce licensing requirements for occupations and vocations. It is important for us to work with other technical professions to ensure public safety is not compromised by broad brush deregulatory efforts.”