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California Supplemental Examination (CSE)
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In addition to the Architect Registration Examination (ARE), the California Architects Board (Board) requires the California Supplemental Examination (CSE) for licensure. The CSE ensures that candidates are able to demonstrate minimum standards of competency and necessary architectural knowledge and skills to respond to the unique requirements and conditions in California.

CSE preparation is a two-part lecture series that will provide a detailed overview of all knowledge areas of the California Exam test plan, including different AIA contract documents, state and local codes and regulations and other areas of architectural practice.



February 3 - 4, 2016, 12:30 - 5:30 pm each day
Instructor: Archibald Woo, AIA 
Location: AIASF, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600

The California Supplemental Exam Seminars are a series of two seminars that offer an overview of all the test materials and help candidates prepare for the CSE; the first seminar focuses on Part 1 and 2 of the CSE Test Plan, covering test areas such as site analysis, programming and different federal, state and local codes and regulations that affect building development in the state of California. The second seminar covers Part 3 and 4 of the Test Plan and includes discussions on the Architect’s roles and responsibilities during design and construction as outlined in different AIA contract documents. Also included as part of the seminars is a mock exam that is in the exact format of the project scenario section of the CSE. It helps candidates get familiar with the exam format.


Archibald Woo, AIA is a licensed architect and has been practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 23 years. His work has been focused mainly on complex projects for various Bay Area school districts, different campuses of the University of California system as well as for major healthcare and medical research organizations. Archibald has been active in the teaching and mentoring of architectural students and younger professionals. He has taught this seminar for the past eleven years. He has also co-chaired the AIASF mentorship committee and has been awarded the chapter's Presidential Commendation in 2006 and again in 2011.


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