Paying Your Dues

This being an odd-numbered year, it’s time once again for that biennial task of renewing one’s license. It’s a part of the licensure process that is often forgotten by many, including me — I literally just hauled out my charge card and paid my $100 renewal fee, with only days to go before the June 30th deadline. Two more years of licensure, in the bag — cha-ching!

Also, I'm pretty sure I'm overdue for an oil change...

Also, I’m pretty sure I’m overdue for an oil change…

I wanted to bring it up here, while its fresh in my mind (since I will most likely forget about it for another two years), because it’s one more thing to consider — after NCARB’s renewal fees, seven divisions of the exam, paying to have your record transmitted to the state board, and the cost of your stamp, it can seem like the cost of achieving a license will simply never end. It’s not that much money (it works out to less than $1 per week to maintain my status as a registered architect, a pittance when you get right down to it), but it’s one of those things that doesn’t get spoken of when we talk about how important it is to get licensed. Fees are a part of life, but that doesn’t stop people from having some odd reactions to them — I worked with a young woman who told me she planned her exam schedule so that earning her initial license fell on the odd-numbered year, giving her an extra 12 months before having to pony up for that first renewal. (And if you can plan that far ahead, my anal-retentive hat is off to you.)

Like many bills, it never seems to come at a good time, but I’ve never once grumbled about renewing my license. I consider it an investment in myself, and the effort that went into achieving it. Here’s to two more years of practice! (Maybe I should mark the calendar now…)

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