Drake Appreciation

April Drake, AIA was recently honored by the APELSCIDLA board for her service by Jim Kelly, PE, current chair of APELSCIDLA.

The Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects (APELSCIDLA Board) examines, licenses, and regulates approximately 35,000 individuals and related business entities in Virginia.

If you are interested in serving on this board, please email Paul Battaglia, AIA at pbattaglia@aiava.org

New Regulations for the Profession Adopted

A new update has been approved by the Governor for the regulations governing Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects (APELSCIDLA). These regulations were adopted on September 2, 2021 and can be found at:


The APELSCIDLA Board examines, licenses, and regulates approximately 35,000 individuals and related business entities in Virginia.

Latest DPOR News


From Kate Nosbisch, Executive Director
Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation

June marks my ninth year as your executive director.  We have seen many changes over the last nine years (meeting structure, guidance documents, updates to the apprenticeship program, revisions to the regulations, a new profession added – land surveyor photogrammetrists, continuing education requirements, emeritus status added; NCEES exams transitionicomputer-based based testing, multiple changes to the NCARB ARE exam, restructuring and renaming of the NCARB IDP to AXP, the passing of three sitting board members, Bill Spell, LA, John Combs, PE and Paul Holt, LS,  the addition of the PE Advisory Committee to assist with the review of PE applications with credit going to John Combs, the LARE converting to computer based testing, and board members rotating on and off the board just to name a few. I’m sure there are still many more to come and the Board stands ready to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public and the staff is poised to service our customers – the applicants, licensees, and citizens of the Commonwealth

It is a pleasure to work with the board members who serve the APELSCIDLA Board. Your professions are represented by a dedicated, articulate, professional group of individuals; it is their commitment that keeps the work of the Board moving. Board members write regulation, develop guidance documents, attend board meetings, section meetings, committee meetings, provide consultation, and preside over informal fact finding conferences.  It is rewarding and challenging work.  If you have been teaching or practicing in your profession for ten years, hold a Virginia license, and reside in the Commonwealth, perhaps you may want to consider board service. If so, please visit the board appointments page of the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website to complete an application; you may have others access the same page to provide a nomination on your behalf. If you have any questions regarding board service, I welcome the opportunity to speak with you in person.

Bif Johnson and Corey Clayborne conclude their board service in 2017.  I look forward to working with Corey in his new position as CEO of AIA Virginia.  Bif was here when I started with the Board and he has been a mentor to me and he is always willing to assist the Board regardless of the task.  It has been a pleasure working alongside these two gentlemen to accomplish the goals and mission of the Board.

The Board staff is here to assist you, if you have questions about licensure, renewals, continuing education, emeritus status, exam windows, or anything else related to licensure, please contact us at (804) 367-8506 or apelscidla@dpor.virginia.gov.

Read the summer edition of the APELSCIDLA Dimensions newsletter.