IDP Streamline Goes Into Effect July 1

The Intern Development Program (IDP) will no longer require elective hours.

On July 1, 2015, NCARB will streamline the IDP by no longer requiring elective hours. Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming changes:

IDP Streamline Overview

Starting July 1, the IDP will require 3,740 total hours defined by the existing 17 experience areas:

Experience Areas

Required Hours

Pre-Design

Programming

80

Site and Building Analysis

80

Project Cost and Feasibility

40

Planning and Zoning Regulations

60

Design

Schematic Design

320

Engineering Systems

360

Construction Cost

120

Codes and Regulations

120

Design Development

320

Construction Documents

1,200

Material Selection and Specification

160

Project Management

Bidding and Contract Negotiation

120

Construction Administration

240

Construction Phase: Observation

120

General Project Management

240

Practice Management

Business Operations

80

Leadership and Service

80

Total HOURS

3,740

Your jurisdiction may have additional requirements, as each jurisdiction sets its own requirements for initial licensure. Some may continue to require 5,600+ hours and/or have a minimum employment duration requirement. We will continue to support the individual requirements for all 54 jurisdictions. You can find out what your jurisdiction’s experience requirement is here.

Reporting Hours

Good news—you’ll continue to report hours through My NCARB and the My IDP mobile app. You won’t lose the hours you’ve already reported, and you’ll still be able to view them in My NCARB. Plus, existing supplemental experience opportunities—including site visits, design competitions, and the Professional Conduct Monograph—aren’t going away.

The current reporting requirement still applies, so don’t forget to submit experience within eight months for full credit. Experience reported beyond this period and up to five years prior will be valued at 50 percent.

Important: We recommend that interns continue to report all experience. Doing so will help facilitate licensure and reciprocity in jurisdictions that require additional experience.

Key Takeaways

  • Check with NCARB or your jurisdiction. Some jurisdictions may require additional hours and/or have a minimum employment requirement.
  • Keep reporting hours. You can continue to document all experience through My NCARB.
  • We’re here to help. NCARB will continue to support the individual requirements for all 54 jurisdictions.

What’s Next

We will continue to share updates with you over the next few months. Remember, it’s a good idea to check with NCARB or your jurisdiction for the latest rules and regulations. And you can always reach out to our Customer Relations team.

Editor's Note: NCARB's Monograph Series was renamed the Continuum Education Program in early 2020.