Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 623.017 defines an architect as any person who engages in the practice of architecture and holds a certificate of registration issued by the board.
Pursuant to Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 623.190, any person who is at least twenty one years of age and of good moral character and who meets the requirements for education and practical training established by the board by regulation may apply to the board for registration as an architect. Each year of study, up to and including five years of study, satisfactorily completed in an architectural program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board, any program of architecture in the State of Nevada or any architectural program approved by the state board of architecture, interior design and residential design is considered equivalent to one year of experience in architectural work for the purpose of registration as an architect. The board shall, by regulation, establish standards for examinations which must be consistent with standards employed by other states. The board may adopt the standards of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and the examination and grading procedure of that organization, as they exist on the date of adoption. Examinations may include tests in such technical and professional subjects as are prescribed by the board. If the board adopts the examination of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, an applicant for registration as an architect who wishes to:
- Take the examination must pay to the entity which administers the examination the fee charged by that entity for taking the examination and pay to the board a processing fee as provided in NRS 623.310.
- Retake any part or parts of the examination which he previously failed must pay to the entity which administers the examination the fee charged by that entity for retaking that part or parts.
By virtue of Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 623.220, certificates of registration must include the full name of the registrant, have a serial number and be signed by the Chairman and the Secretary of the Board under seal of the Board. The issuance of a certificate of registration by the Board is evidence that the person named therein is entitled to all the rights and privileges of an architect, registered interior designer or residential designer while the certificate remains unsuspended, unrevoked and unexpired.
Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 623.270 states that the Board may place the holder of any certificate of registration issued pursuant to the provisions on probation, publicly reprimand him, fine him not more than $10,000, suspend or revoke his license, impose the costs of investigation and prosecution upon him or take any combination of these disciplinary actions for any of the following acts:
- The certificate was obtained by fraud or concealment of a material fact.
- The holder of the certificate has been found guilty by the Board or found guilty or guilty but mentally ill by a court of justice of any fraud, deceit or concealment of a material fact in his professional practice, or has been convicted by a court of justice of a crime involving moral turpitude.
- The holder of the certificate has been found guilty by the Board of incompetency, negligence or gross negligence in:
- The practice of architecture or residential design; or
- His practice as a registered interior designer.
Pursuant to Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 623.360, it is unlawful for any person to:
- Hold himself out to the public or to solicit business as an architect, registered interior designer or residential designer in this state without having a certificate of registration or temporary certificate issued by the board. This paragraph does not prohibit a person who is exempt, pursuant to NRS 623.330, from the provisions of this chapter from holding himself out to the public or soliciting business as an interior designer.
- Advertise or put out any sign, card or other device which indicates to the public that he is an architect, registered interior designer or residential designer or that he is otherwise qualified to:
- Engage in the practice of architecture or residential design; or
- Practice as a registered interior designer, without having a certificate of registration issued by the board.
- Engage in the practice of architecture or residential design or practice as a registered interior designer without a certificate of registration issued by the board.
- Violate any other provision of law.
Any person who violates any of the provisions –
- For the first violation, is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $1,000, and may be further punished by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 6 months.
- For the second or any subsequent violation, is guilty of a gross misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not less than $1,000 nor more than $2,000, and may be further punished by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 1 year.
- If any person has engaged or is about to engage in any acts or practices which constitute or will constitute an offense against this chapter, the district court of any county, on application of the board, may issue an injunction or other appropriate order restraining such conduct. Proceedings pursuant to this subsection are governed by Rule 65 of the Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure, except that no bond or undertaking is required in any action commenced by the board.
Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 623.365 states that in addition to any other civil penalty provided by law, a person who violates any provision or any regulation adopted by the Board is subject to a civil penalty of not more than $10,000 for each violation.