APPLYING FOR STATE LICENSING
After you’ve confirmed that ARRT administers a particular state’s licensing exam, your next step is to review the state licensing handbook and content specifications for your discipline. You’ll also want to start the application process.
Here’s an overview of what to do. Visit ARRT’s state licensing website for detailed instructions.
- Apply to the state
Before scheduling your exam appointment, you’ll need to apply with your state licensing entity. Contact your state entity directly for an application and information regarding the application process.
- The state responds
Your state licensing entity will confirm or deny your eligibility to take the exam.
- Submit exam fee
If your state licensing entity approves you to take the licensing exam, it will send you instructions for paying your exam fee to ARRT.
- Candidate Status Report* available online
Approximately 10 days after ARRT processes your exam payment, you can log in to your online account to view your Candidate Status Report. Your Candidate Status Report contains the information you’ll need to schedule your exam appointment with a Pearson VUE test center.
- Your 90-day exam window
Your Candidate Status Report will list the dates of your 90-day exam window. You must schedule and complete your exam during this period.
- Exam window extensions
You must submit exam window extension requests directly to your state licensing entity, which will determine whether to grant the extension. Exceptions in certain cases are California, which automatically allows a 365-day eligibility period, and Florida, which automatically allows a 180-day eligibility period. Although California and Florida allow longer eligibility periods, your ARRT-assigned window is still only 90 days. You must submit a request to ARRT (not California or Florida) to extend that window.
*If your Candidate Status Report contains inaccurate name or contact information, please contact your state licensing entity to request an update before you schedule your exam appointment. ARRT can’t change personal information without notification from the state entity.
CAN ARRT OR MY STATE LICENSING ENTITY ANSWER MY QUESTIONS?
Taking a state licensing exam is important to—and often required for—your career. If ARRT administers the state licensing exam you want to take, here’s whom to contact if you have questions along the way.
- State licensing eligibility or requirements
- Exam results
- Name and/or address changes
- Window extension requests (excluding California and Florida)
- Scheduling the exam
- Exam content specifications or information in the Handbook for State Candidates
- What to expect at the exam center
- Taking the exam
- Issues at the test center
- Extending your window in California (ARRT can approve up to three extensions, in 90-day increments, until you hit 365 days.)
- Extending your window in Florida (ARRT can approve up to three extensions of 90 days; or until you hit 180 days.)