Architectural Experience Program (AXP)
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Architectural Experience Program (AXP)

Architectural Experience Program (AXP)

On June 29,2016 the Intern Development Program (IDP) was updated to reflect six broad areas of architectural practice—and renamed the Architectural Experience Program (AXP).

The Architectural Experience Program™ (AXP™) provides a framework to guide you through gaining and recording your professional experience. Developed by NCARB, the program is required by most U.S. jurisdictions and is a key step on the path to earning a license.

Through the AXP, you'll learn how to safely and competently handle the scenarios you’ll face as an architect. With broad experience areas that reflect the current phases of practice, the program prepares you for everything from site design to project management.

Learn more about the AXP

  • Start the AXP:Establish Your NCARB Record. You can start earning AXP™ experience after you graduate from high school (or the established equivalent).
  • Experience Requirements:The AXP™ identifies 96 key tasks that fall into six practice areas. To demonstrate your ability to perform specific tasks, you’ll need to report a total of 3,740 hours across the six areas.
  • Record AXP Experience:All of your AXP™ experience must be logged and approved through your NCARB Record by the hourly reporting method or the AXP Portfolio.
  • Supervisors & Mentors:Supervisors need a basic understanding of the experience program, its goals, and the responsibilities involved.

Download the My AXP App: Report and review hours on-the-go with a free My AXP app, available for iOS and Android.

The program is developed, maintained, and administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

NCARB Information: E-mail NCARB or call the NCARB Customer Service at (202) 879-0520.

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