Late last month, NCARB underwent a major transition in the process of pursuing licensure for emerging professionals. Namely, the Intern Development Program (IDP) was replaced by the Architectural Experience Program, or AXP. The name change stems from the organization’s decision to move away from the title intern when it comes to those pursuing an architectural license, but the changes are more than in title only.
The largest changes involve pooling the IDP’s 17 experience areas into 6 streamlined experience areas. They are:
You can see how the IDP categories transfer over to AXP here. These changes recognize differences in how firms are organized and that knowledge in previously distinct categories can have carryover to other areas of the architectural process. Additionally, there have been some changes to the ways you can earn hours outside of a working under a license architect.
Finally, the AXP provides an additional option to aid in the process of license in lieu of hours: the AXP Portfolio. If you have been working in the field but are unable to complete hours due to the time restrictions of the reporting requirements, you may submit a portfolio that demonstrates your competency in the various areas covered by the AXP. See the AXP Guidelines for more details on eligibility requirements and process.
Access the guidelines on NCARB's website