Chapter 4703-1 Applications; Examinations

4703-1-01 Definitions.

(A) "Architect" - a person who is registered to engage in the practice of architecture under the provisions of sections 4703.01 to 4703.19 of the Revised Code.

(B) "Practice of Architecture" - providing or offering to provide those service, hereinafter described, in connection with the design and construction, enlargement, or alteration of a building or group of buildings and the space within and the site surrounding such buildings, which have as their principal purpose human occupancy or habitation, except where otherwise exempted by sections 3781.06 to 3781.18 and 3791.04 of the Revised Code. The services referred to include pre-design, programming, planning, providing designs, drawings, specifications and other technical submissions, the administration of construction contracts, and the coordination of any elements of technical submissions prepared by others including, as appropriate and without limitation, consulting engineers; providing that the practice of architecture shall not include the practice of engineering as defined in Chapter 4733. of the Revised Code, but a registered architect may perform such engineering work as is incidental to the practice of architecture.

(C) "Good moral character" - not having been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude, not having made misstatements or misrepresentation in connection with an application for registration, renewal of the registration or certificate of authorization, not having willfully violated any of the sections of the code of conduct required of certificate holders and set forth in the statutes or rules, and not having practiced architecture without registration in violation of the registration laws of the jurisdiction in which the practice took place.

(D) "Principal" - an architect who is in charge of an architectural firm's practice, either solely or with other architects, and who is legally responsible for the architectural activities of the firm and is a sole proprietor, partner, or shareholder of the organization. If the firm is a corporation, the architect is a member of the board of directors. If the firm is a business trust, the architect is trustee.

(E) "Firm" or "architectural firm" - any legally formed business organization through which architectural services are provided.

(F) "Emeritus architect" - an architect over the age of sixty-five, who has been licensed in the state of Ohio for at least ten years, is fully retired, and does not engage in any of the activities defined as the practice of architecture in paragraph (B) of this rule.

(G) "Intern architect" or "architectural intern" - an individual approved by the board to sit for the architect registration exam and who holds an active record with the national council of architectural registration boards.

(H) "Direct supervision" - means that degree of supervision by a person currently licensed in this jurisdiction, overseeing the work of another, where personal contact is routine, and whereby the supervisor has both control over and detailed professional knowledge of the work prepared under his/her supervision.

(I) "Responsible control" - means that amount of control and detailed professional knowledge of the content of technical submissions during their preparation as is ordinarily exercised by a registered architect applying the required professional standard of care, including but not limited to an architect's integration of information from manufacturers, suppliers, installers, the architect's consultants, owners, contractors, or other sources the architect reasonably trusts that is incidental to and intended to be incorporated into the architect's technical submissions when the architect has coordinated and reviewed such information. Other review, or reviewing and correction, of technical submissions after they have been prepared by others does not constitute the exercise of responsible control because the reviewer has neither control over nor detailed professional knowledge of the content of such submissions throughout their preparation.

Replaces: 4703-1-01

Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 11/20/2014 and 10/31/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4703.02, 4703.06, 4703.07
Rule Amplifies: 4703.01 through 4703.19
Prior Effective Dates: 3/15/74, 11/4/77, 3/4/83 (Emer), 6/25/83, 6/25/90, 4/15/92, 11/1/94, 2/15/97, 9/5/08, 11/9/09

4703-1-02 Applications.

(A) Applications for registration by examination or by reciprocity will be received at all times by the board.

The application fee must accompany the application.


Each applicant shall submit, or cause to be submitted, authentic proof of the statements made within the application. Such proof shall be demonstrated through the submission of an NCARB record containing official transcripts issued by the degree-granting authorities, employment certification forms demonstrating completion of the experience requirement for licensure, and, if applicable, verified status of registration in another jurisdiction. The board, in its discretion, may require additional published data, photographs, or proven evidence that may be necessary for the board to determine the applicant's eligibility to be admitted to the examination or for consideration of registration by reciprocity.

The board reserves the right to retain, as a permanent part of the application, any or all documents submitted, which shall be properly marked for identification and ownership. Original documents may be replaced by photocopies copies of such documents at the request and expense of the applicant.

(C) The board may require the personal appearance of the applicant at the time and place it designates.

(D) Failure to comply with the board's request for additional information within sixty days of such request or to appear before the board at the date and time established may be considered as just and sufficient cause for disapproval of the application.

(E) All applications shall be considered and accepted or rejected individually with the action taken on each application recorded in the minutes and an indication of the action taken placed with the application. The board reserves the right to establish or change the classification under which the applicant is claiming eligibility. A certificate of qualification shall be issued under only one classification.

Effective: 6/30/2016
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 10/31/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4703.02
Rule Amplifies: 4703.07
Prior Effective Dates: 2/7/73, 11/4/77, 2/27/81, 6/25/90, 4/15/92, 11/1/94, 5/1/96, 7/1/2004, 7/29/2005, 1/26/08, 9/5/2008

4703-1-03 Certificates.

(A) Certificates of qualification.

(1) A person registered by the board under section 4703.07 or 4703.08 of the Revised Code, will upon payment of the fee required in rule 4703-1-04 of the Administrative Code, receive a certificate as provided under section 4703.10 of the Revised Code.

(2) Only one certificate of qualification shall be issued to a registered architect. In the event a certificate is damaged, the board will issue a duplicate certificate upon the payment of the fee required in rule 4703-1-04 of the Administrative Code and the return of the damaged certificate. If a certificate is lost or destroyed, the board will issue a duplicate certificate upon the filing of a notarized affidavit stating the certificate was lost or destroyed and the payment of the fee required in rule 4703-1-04 of the Administrative Code.

(B) Expired certificates of qualification.

A certificate of qualification, unless renewed, expires on the last day of December of the current renewal period. A certificate which has expired may be renewed within the current renewal period by completing the renewal application form and returning it to the board with the renewal fee as required in rule 4703-1-04 of the Administrative Code, proof of completion of the continuing education requirement, and the required penalty fee. An application for the restoration of a certificate, which has been expired beyond the current renewal period, shall be accompanied by a brief outline setting forth the professional activities of the applicant during the period in which the applicant was not licensed, the required fees and penalties and proof of completion of the continuing education requirement. The applicant may be required to appear before the board in consideration of the application. If the board proposes to deny restoration of the applicant's certificate of qualification, the applicant will be given the opportunity for a hearing under the provisions of Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.

Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 11/20/2014 and 10/31/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4703.02
Rule Amplifies: 4703.07, 4703.08
Prior Effective Dates: 3/15/74, 11/4/77, 6/25/83, 6/25/90, 4/15/92, 11/1/94, 5/15/98, 6/5/00, 4/15/01, 7/29/05, 9/5/08, 11/9/2009

4703-1-04 Fees.

(A) Application fee - the fee for making application for registration under section 4703.07 of the Revised Code is fifty dollars.

(B) Certificate fee - the fee for a duplicate certificate of qualification to practice architecture is twenty dollars. The fee for a duplicate renewal card is ten dollars.

(C) Renewal fee - the biennial renewal fee for a certificate of qualification is one hundred and twenty-five dollars.

(D) Penalty fee - the penalty fee is twenty-five per cent per renewal period and shall be applied to late renewals and restorations, provided the maximum fee does not exceed one thousand dollars.

(E) Reciprocal registration fee - the fee for reciprocal registration under section 4703.08 of the Revised Code shall be two hundred fifty dollars.

(F) Certificate of authorization fees - the application fee for a certificate of authorization is one hundred twenty-five dollars. The renewal fee for a certificate of authorization is one hundred dollars.

(G) Returned check fee - the fee for checks or other instruments returned to the board by financial institutions due to insufficient funds shall be thirty-five dollars.

Effective: 1/10/2015
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 09/12/2014 and 10/31/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4703.02
Rule Amplifies: 4703.15, 4703.16
Prior Effective Dates: 6/25/90, 4/15/92, 11/1/94, 12/1/95, 6/5/00, 4/15/01, 7/29/05, 11/18/05, 9/5/08, 11/9/09, 06/19/2010

4703-1-11 [Rescinded] Continuing education.

Effective: 01/01/2012
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 08/25/2011
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4703.02
Rule Amplifies: 4703.13
Prior Effective Dates: 9/11/05, 9/5/08, 11/9/09