Recently, NCARB transitioned the Intern Development Program (IDP) to the Architectural Experience Program (AXP). This, along with NCARB’s release of the new ARE 5.0 exams in November, is part of a full overhaul of the licensing process. The process began with the 2012 Practice Analysis of Architecture.

axp-guidelines-coverAccording to the NCARB website:

“NCARB began an in-depth review and overhaul of the experience program to ensure that the requirements continued to adhere to current architectural practice. In addition, NCARB decided to rename the IDP to the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®) as part of an effort to sunset the term “intern.” The introduction of the new name and the overhaul were both launched on June 29, 2016. In the AXP, the previous 17 experience categories were realigned into six broad areas that reflect the current practice of architecture.”

The licensing board of the state of Virginia is in the process of transitioning to AXP. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Marshall Dreiling at

To learn more about the IDP to AXP transition, visit the NCARB information page here.

E-News about AXP can be found on the AXP Updates page, which can be found here.

NCARB Announces IDP Overhaul Details

On Nov. 3, 2015, NCARB announced details on its IDP Overhaul. The new IDP will allow up to 20 hours of AIA CEUs in each experience area (up to 120 total), but they all must be HSW. You can see the complete description of the overhaul on NCARB’s website at

NCARB has also created a visual map of the transition. In the coming months, be on the lookout on the NCARB site for video webinars, blog articles, social media updates, and more.

Also note: when the overhauled IDP launches, the following opportunities will no longer be eligible for IDP or additional jurisdictional experience:

  • Emerging Professional’s Companion (EPC)
  • GBCI LEED AP Certification
  • Advanced Degrees
  • AIA Continuing Education LUs
  • CSI Certificate Program: CDT
  • Teaching or Research in a NAAB-accredited program

Specific questions should be directed to NCARB Customer Service at (202) 879-0520 or

Virginia Ranks Among the Top Ten

Virginia’s Young Architects lead over most States according to NCARB

NCARB has announced their national statistics for 2015, and Virginia is a leader in multiple significant metrics. Virginia ranks among the top ten states for highest number people in the Intern Development Program (IDP). Virginians complete the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) tests in a shorter time period than the national average. Of the 327 people in Virginia currently taking the ARE, not only are candidates completing the testing 8 months faster but they also have a higher pass rate (75% compared to the national average of 65%). Some of this success may be attributed to the licensing board adopting rules allowing candidates to start the ARE before completing IDP.

National statistics also include good news. Last year the number of architects in the United States increased 2%, and this represents a sharp gain compared to 2014. It also is the third consecutive year of growth in the number of architects. Read the full report>>

AIA Virginia congratulates all the recently licensed architects for their superior progress.

IDP Changes Effective Dec. 16

© 2006, The American Institute of Architects. All rights reserved.
© 2006, The American Institute of Architects. All rights reserved.

The AIA recently commended the decision of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Board of Directors to remove the employment duration requirement in the Intern Development Program (IDP). This change will allow interns to earn IDP experience regardless of time spent on a project. The eligibility requirement is also being simplified to allow interns to begin earning credit upon graduation from high school. The changes go into effect Dec. 16, 2013.

“This is an exciting development many of us have worked for, and for me proof that together the AIA and NCARB have taken the first steps down a road that will have immediate benefits for the young men and women who are the future of our profession,” said AIA President, Mickey Jacob, FAIA.

Internship Advisory Committee co-chair, John A. Padilla, AIA, added, “The elimination of the minimum IDP Duration Requirement for our interns responds boldly to today’s changing nature of architectural practice. This change is monumental in allowing our interns to earn credit for all experience hours gained during the performance of their work no matter the length of their employment with a firm.”

Read the NCARB announcement>>


Virginia Firm Wins Outstanding-IDP Award

Wiley|Wilson’s Richmond office is one of only eight offices in the nation to receive the 2012-2015 Intern Development Program Outstanding Firm Award, a release from the national AIA announced Nov. 15, 2012.

In addition to two other offices from the Mid-Atlantic region—The Freelon Group Architects, Durham, and the Washington office of EYP—the other recipients were SOM, Chicago; The Cuningham Group, Minneapolis; and the Albany, Boston, and New York City offices of EYP.  Their recognition shows a deep commitment to the IDP program by going well above the program’s baseline criteria for preparing interns to enter the profession of architecture and for demonstrating innovation in that commitment.

The national IDP Advisory Committee, which selected the awards, also named recipients for the 2012-2015 IDP Firm Award: Architecture Incorporated, Sioux Falls, S.Dak.; BBH Design, Raleigh; IKM Inc., Pittsburgh; McKinney York Architects, Austin, Tex.; STOA Architects, Pensacola, Fla.; ZGF Architects, Portland, Ore.; Mancini Duffy, New York City; and the Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Wilkes-Barre, Pa. offices of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.

AIA Accepting Applications for IDP Firm Award

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Since 1991, the IDP Outstanding Firm Awards program, administered by the AIA/NCARB Intern Development Program Advisory Committee (IDPAC), has recognized firms who actively embrace the Intern Development Program (IDP) and demonstrate a commitment to interns by making the path to licensure an integral part of the firm’s culture.

In 2008, the program expanded to recognize “IDP Firms” that meet twelve essential criteria in the categories of Mentoring, Supervising, Training Opportunities, Commitment to IDP, and ARE Support. The IDP Outstanding Firm Award recognizes firms who meet these essential criteria and demonstrate an innovative effort or outstanding practice in their efforts with the Intern Development Program.

2012 Application and Awards Timeline

July 18, 2012: Applications and submission guidelines available for download
September 24, 2012:
Applications due
October 2012:
Jury convenes at IDPAC meeting
November 2012:
2012-2015 IDP Firm Award and IDP Outstanding Firm Award recipients announced

Download the full guidelines to determine whether your firm prefers to apply for the IDP Firm Award or the IDP Outstanding Firm Award for 2012-2015. Find out more>>

Q&A Resource Developed for IDP

AIA Emerging Professionals has developed an IDP question and answer resource for members.  NCARB also publishes several newsletters that communicate the registration and testing requirements that affect members.

ARE e-News
ARE e-news is a quarterly electronic publication sent to ARE candidates. Topics cover the latest news about the exam, commonly asked questions, important reminders, and information related to the exam from NCARB’s Annual Meeting and Conference held each June.


The e-Connection is sent to all Record and Certificate holders electronically twice a year as a companion to our print newsletter, Direct Connection. Topics cover the latest information on NCARB’s programs and services.

IDP e-News

The IDP Supervisor e-News is a quarterly electronic publication sent to supervisors with interns in the IDP. Topics cover the latest news about the program, important reminders, and tips for successful supervising.

IDP Supervisor e-News

The IDP Supervisor e-News is a quarterly electronic newsletter. This e-News is designed to provide tips for successful supervising and resources that will assist both supervisors and their intern(s) to navigate the program.

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