How to Prepare for the June 29 Launch of AXP

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Jenny Kawecki

Jenny Kawecki

Content Producer, NCARB

On June 29, 2016, the Intern Development Program (IDP) will be updated to reflect six broad areas of current architectural practice—and renamed the Architectural Experience Program (AXP). Here’s what you need to know to prepare for the upcoming changes.

The Basics

The program’s current 17 experience areas will be realigned into six areas to ensure you get the training you need to practice independently. The six new experience areas are:

The New AXP e-Portfolio

The AXP will also feature a new e-Portfolio option. Through this alternative, eligible design professionals with comprehensive experience beyond five years will have an opportunity to satisfy the AXP’s experience requirements through an online portfolio.

The e-Portfolio is a great opportunity for professionals who put licensure on hold due to career, personal, or economic reasons, and will be available to those who can document two years of experience that is older than five years. If you know any candidates who might be interested, help get them back on the path to licensure.

Helpful Tools

To plan how you’ll earn those hours going forward, we’ve prepared the Experience Area Map [PDF] to show how the 17 current experience areas will merge into the six new areas. Keep in mind that it’s a good idea to continue reporting any extra hours that exceed AXP’s requirements, since some jurisdictions have additional experience requirements.  

You can also use our interactive IDP Experience Calculator to explore how your existing recorded hours will transfer after the launch of AXP.

Important: A handful of jurisdictions require 5,600+ hours and/or have a minimum employment duration requirement. Take the time to check with NCARB or your jurisdiction for the latest rules and regulations.

AXP Hours and Experience Settings

If you haven’t completed the IDP by June 29, you’ll be automatically transitioned into the new AXP, and the program will still require 3,740 total hours. Plus, all the required hours you’ve already reported will be allocated to one of the six new areas, so you won’t lose any hours.

The AXP will have two experience settings: Setting A: Practice of Architecture and Setting O: Other Experiences. A number of existing supplemental experience opportunities that currently fall under Setting S—including site visits, design competitions, and the Professional Conduct Monograph—will be incorporated into Setting O. However, a few opportunities will no longer be eligible after the update, so you should take the opportunity to report any supplemental experience by June 28. Learn more about the new experience settings.

What’s Next?

We will continue to share updates with you as we get closer to the launch date, so be on the lookout for blog articles, social media updates, and more. In the meantime, take the opportunity to meet with your supervisor and make a plan to complete your experience requirement in the new AXP.

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