Architectural Experience Program (AXP)

Architectural Experience Program (AXP), formerly the Intern Development Program (IDP)

The Architectural Experience Program (AXP), formerly the Intern Development Program (IDP), officially launches June 29. See NCARB website for details.

The National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB) is responsible for establishing, interpreting and enforcing the Architectural Experience Program (AXP), formerly the Intern Development Program (IDP) and architecture training requirements. The objective of AXP is to fill the gap between academic instruction and licensed practiced. The AXP training requirement establishes levels of training in important areas of architectural practice. The AIA web site offers a number of resource highlights and information to assist AIA Associate members and interns in their continuing education. For additional information about AXP training requirements and NCARB Council Record application procedures, visit the NCARB web site.

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AXP resources
The National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s (NCARB) Architectural Experience Program (AXP), formerly the Intern Development Program (IDP), prepares you for a successful career in architecture. After you establish your NCARB record, use your AIA transcript to track your AXP experience hours.

These resources will help you make the transition to licensed professional.

If you have any questions related to AXP or need help, please contact your local or state Architect Licensing Advisor.

Are you the “Go To” person in your office about IDP? Do you often help people navigate the ARE exam process? Then you are already an Auxiliary Licensing Advisor and we want to know who you are! For more access to Licensing Advisor resources, contact

Emerging Professionals Companion: An Online Resource
Developed by AIA and NCARB, The Emerging Professionals Companion (EPC) is an online resource for emerging professionals that supports the intern in the AXP process, particularly in gaining credit. The EPC is updated for current practice models and expanded to include the varied paths that an intern or licensed architect may consider during his or her career in architecture. Designed to increase support, involvement, and mentoring of firms, supervisors and mentors, all members of the profession can participate in learning opportunities provided by the EPC. The EPC is free. Sign up and learn more!

Additional Resources

Student to Architect:  The Path to Licensure
This 5:30-minute video covers the entire length of the path to licensure.

Registration Board Requirements
Each state’s requirements for licensure are set by the state board.  Get to know your state’s requirements. Questions? Contact NCARB customer service at 202.879.0520 or at