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 a state. Contact the state directly for an application and information regarding the application process.
- The state responds: The state will confirm or deny your eligibility to take the exam.
- Submit exam fee: If the state approves you to take the licensing exam, it will send you instructions for paying the exam fee.
- ARRT sends a Candidate Status Report*: After ARRT processes your information, we’ll send you a Candidate Status Report, which has 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. Each state determines 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 the state to request an update before you schedule your exam appointment. ARRT can’t change personal information without notification from the state agency.
CAN ARRT OR THE STATE 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)
- Extending your window beyond 365 total days in California (ARRT can only approve extensions, in 90-day increments, until you hit 365 days; after that, you must ask the state)
- Extending your window beyond 180 total days in Florida (ARRT can only approve one extension of 90 days; when you hit 180 days, your request must go to the state)
- Scheduling the exam
- Content specifications or handbooks
- What to expect at the exam center
- Taking the exam
- Issues at the test center
- Extending your window in California (ARRT can approve extensions, in 90-day increments, until you hit 365 days; after that, your requests must go to the state)
- Extending your window in Florida (ARRT can approve one extension of 90 days; when you hit 180 days, your requests must go to the state)