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LICENSING FOR ARCHITECTS, ENGINEERS AND LAND SURVEYORS

     PURPOSE OF LICENSURE:
     To set standards of qualifications, education, training and experience for persons engaged in the fields of Architecture, Engineering and Land Surveying. To promote high standards of professional performance for those persons working in the profession.
     
     PERIOD OF LICENSURE:
     All permanent licenses are issued on an annual basis. Temporary Licenses are issued non-residents for specific projects only. Conditional Licenses are issued to non-residents associated with a registered V.I. professional architect, engineer or land surveyor.
     
     APPLICATION PROCESS:
     Applicant must be a resident of the U.S. Virgin Islands for at least thirty (30) days immediately prior to application for examination.
     
     1. Completed and notarized application, which may be obtained from the Office of Boards and Commissions at the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs.
     2. Three (3) 2x2 photographs of applicant.
     3. Applicant must meet the specified educational and experience requirements.
     4. Three (3) professional references, with copies of registration or license attached, sent directly to the board.
     5. Two (2) character references.
     6. Copy of college transcript.
     7. Verification of Registration or License from another state.
     8. Payment of Required License Fee.
     
     EXAMINATION:
     
     All persons interested in becoming a licensed Architect, Engineer or Land Surveyor in the Virgin Islands are required to sit an examination. The examination is given in April and October of each calendar year.
     
     RENEWAL OF LICENSE:
     
     1. A completed renewal application.
     2. A Tax Clearance Letter from the VI Bureau of Internal Revenue.
     3. Payment of required License fees.
     
      Architects $100.00
      Engineers $100.00
      Land Surveyors
      $40.00
      Architect-in-Training
      $50.00
      Engineer-in-Training
      $50.00
      Land Surveyor-in-Training
      $40.00
     
     LICENSURE BY RECIPROCITY
     A person holding a valid license or certificate issued by a state or territory of the United States or by a foreign country may upon application be registered in the Virgin Islands. The foreign country must have a national registration board of scope and standing corresponding to the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and the National Council of State Boards of Engineering Examiners.
     GRADUATION, EXPERIENCE AND EXAMINATION
     
     A graduate from an accredited architectural, engineering, or land-surveying curriculum of four years, approved by the Board, with an additional two years or more of specific and active experience in the field, shall be admitted to an examination.
     
     An applicant who has a high school diploma and eight years or more of specific and active experience in architecture, engineering, or land surveying shall be admitted to an examination.
     
     The examination is equivalent to that required by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and the National Council of State Boards of Engineering Examiners.
     
     An applicant with a record of at least twelve years of specific and active practice in architecture, engineering, or land surveying shall be admitted to an eight-hour examination.
     
     
     ARCHITECT, ENGINEER & LAND SURVEYOR IN TRAINING CERTIFICATE:
     An applicant who has evidence of four or more years of experience in engineering or architecture shall be admitted to examination to test the applicant's knowledge of fundamental engineering or architectural subjects. Passing this portion of the examination shall entitle applicant to a certificate as an architect or engineer-in-training. The applicant can then take the additional portion of the examination to be licensed as a professional architect or engineer.
     
     Any person who has a degree from an accredited college in engineering or architecture curriculum shall be granted a certificate as an architect or engineer-in-training without examination.
     
     MAILING ADDRESSES:
     
     ATTENTION:
     Lisa Davis
     Assistant Commissioner
     Boards and Commissions
     
     
     VI Board of Architects, Engineers and Land Surveyors
     Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs
     Golden Rock Shopping Center Christiansted
     St. Croix, USVI 00820
     (340) 773-2226 phone
     (340) 778-8250 fax
     
     
     VI Board of Architects, Engineers and Land Surveyors
     Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs
     Property and Procurement Building
     #1 Sub Base, Room 205
     St. Thomas, USVI 00802
     (340) 774-3130 phone
     (340) 776-8303 fax
     
     BOARD MEMBERS
     Ivan Diaz, Chairman
     James T. Boschulte, Vice-Chairman
     Alton Adams
     Justin Berkeley
     Bernard Fabio
     John P. Woods
     
     
     Revised 1/98 by the Office of Boards and Commissions
     

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