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Professional Development


Are you ready to find an internship? Talk to our Career Services Department about your options.




Professional organizations keep you up to date with trends in the field. Many also have a local San Diego chapter. Being active in these organizations is an excellent way to make industry connections


Additional Qualifications


For many the next step after graduating is registration. The process involves nine examinations.

Find out more about the California Architect's Board

There are many other professional qualifications that can help establish you in the field.



The US Green Building Council administers LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) examinations. The first step is the LEED Associate Exam, which some students choose to take while completing their studies.

Register for your LEED exam here.



The Construction Documents Technologist Exam administered by the Construction Specifcations Institute teaches you how a project unfolds from conception to delivery (and allows you to put a few letters after your name!) It is also the pre-requisite to CSI’s advanced certification exams.

Software competencies are crucial in the architecture profession. You can help yourself get ahead by getting credentialed in leading software such as Autodesk Revit.

You may also want to think about taking some of the credentials offered through NSAD has institutional access to Lynda which allows you to take Certificates of Completion. To create your account go to this site ( and enter your NSAD email address. You will then receive an email prompting you to create a profile. 

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