What does it take to become an architect, contractor, or designer in the state of Washington?



  • accredited bachelor’s or master’s degree in architecture from a university recognized by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
  • completion of Intern Development Program (IDP) training - total of 5,600 hours of supervised direct experience
  • Architect Registration Examination (ARE) - total of 30.5 hours of testing 
  • Washington Architect Law Review Exam



  • $12,000 bond for general contractors.
  • general commercial liability insurance policy in place

No coursework or tests are required to register as a general or specialty contractor in Washington.


  • nothing

There is no regulation of the term designer, interior designer, building designer, OR the "design" portion of design/build firm's label in the state of Washington.