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AIA ILLINOIS QBS AND LICENSURE

GET PRE-QUALIFIED

THROUGH THE CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT BOARD (CDB)

ARCHITECTS, ENGINEERS, CONTRACTORS AND SUB-CONTRACTORS SHOULD BEGIN THE QUALIFICATION PROCESS TO BE ABLE TO BID ON THE CAPITAL PLAN PROJECTS

The Capital Development Board offers free pre-qualification classes for vendors wishing to bid on the capital plan projects. These classes are very useful. It is encouraged for project managers to attend both classes, one for Architects and Engineers, and one for Contractors and Sub-Contractors. 

Diversity is highly encouraged for all vendors. CDB is your resource for all questions in the application and certification process. Their team is there to work with you to ensure successful delivery on all projects. 

Pre-certification is not a simple process. To ensure that your firm is on the certified list, begin your applications now. 

Finally, do not pass on a bid because you are unsure if your firm fits the scope of the project. It is not uncommon for 1-2 applicants to bid on a project. You may end up with an opportunity to expand your current practice. 

CLICK HERE FOR CURRENT CODES. 

QUALITY BASED SELECTION PROCESS (QBS)

QBS is a negotiated procurement process for selection based on qualifications and competence in relation to the work to be performed. Click HERE for more information. 

ARCHITECTURE PRACTICE ACT & PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE

THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL AND PROFESSIONAL REGULATION (IDFPR) IS THE REGULATORY ENTITY FOR ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS.

IMPORTANT LINKS FOR IDFPR:

  • Architecture general PAGE

  • Current Architecture Practice ACT of 1989.

  • Changes for the new Architecture Practice SB 1684 | PA 101-0346.


New licensees, licensure renewal, and out of state licensees looking for Illinois licensure should note that this process through IDFPR takes approximately 12 weeks from the date of receipt of application.

For questions about licensure status, you will need to have the following information:

  • Date the application was sent

  • Date payment was processed

  • Check number

  • Last (4) digits of the applicant's SSN

  • Date of Birth

After one month from the date that payment has been processed, applicants may want to contact IDFPR to make sure that all paperwork and information required is correct and that there is nothing that will delay the processing of application. Errors in the application as well as waiting for transcripts is often the cause of delay for some licenses. Your state legislator is also a good resource for inquiries on your license status. 

Because the State of Illinois no longer sends out paper reminders for license renewal, all licensees should make sure that all of information including email addresses are up to date and correct. 

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