AXP Launches this Month – Submit your IDP Reports Now

Marc Teer

June 03, 2016

AXP Launches this Month – Submit your IDP Reports Now

Your saved IDP reports could be affected by the AXP launch, make sure you’re prepared. 

We previously discussed the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s (NCARB) launch of the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) which will take place on June 29, 2016. This program is replacing the Intern Development Program (IDP) in an effort to retire the word “intern” from the industry for good.

The AXP will also differ from the IDP in that the number of experience areas are going to be reduced from 17 to 6. These new 6 areas will reflect how architecture is truly practiced and will mirror the 6 divisions of the upcoming version of the Architect Registration Exam, ARE 5.0.

NCARB recently released some vital information for young architects who are currently enrolled in the IDP.

Before the launch of AXP on June 29th, 2016, make sure you review any reports you have in “saved” status in the following areas:

SUBMIT PRIOR TO JUNE 29: These 7 areas will no longer qualify for experience hours once AXP launches, so if you want to record them under IDP, they must be submitted soon.

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

SUBMIT PRIOR TO JUNE 29: These 3 areas will only be eligible for a maximum of 320 hours.

  • Design or Construction Related Employment (currently 930 hours)
  • Community Based Design Center/Collaborative (currently up to 40 hours per area, up to 600 hours total)
  • Design Competitions (currently up to 40 hours per area, up to 600 hours total)


  • Construction work – now only eligible for 320 hours
  • AIA Continuing Education for HSW – now eligible for 20 hours per experience area, CE that only qualifies as non-HSW LU will no longer qualify for AXP

The best thing to do is to just get everything submitted ASAP. Talk to NCARB or talk to your IDP supervisor if you have any questions and make sure you are prepared.

For more information, read the full press release on the NCARB website.

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