Intern Development Program (IDP)

Important Notice: On June 29, 2016, the IDP will be updated to reflect six broad areas of current architectural practice—and renamed the Architectural Experience Program (AXP). Learn more

All of NCARB’s 54 U.S. jurisdictions have an experience requirement that must be documented and completed before one becomes licensed. This time between fulfilling the education requirement and getting licensed is referred to as an architectural internship. NCARB’s Intern Development Program (IDP) guides aspiring architects through this process and is the standard accepted means of completing the experience requirement in almost all U.S. jurisdictions. Download the IDP Guidelines for complete program rules and requirements.

To learn about the other registration requirements, see Studying Architecture and Architect Registration Examination.

IDP 2.0

The Intern Development Program (IDP) identifies the comprehensive experience that is essential for the independent practice of architecture.

IDP 2.0 Categories

NCARB Experience Requirements
Learn the standard requirements for completing the IDP. IDP includes four catego­ries that interns must earn experience in: Pre-Design, Design, Project Manage­ment, and Practice Management.

IDP 2.0 Settings

Experience Settings
There are three experience settings: A (Practice of Architecture), O (Other Work Settings), and S (Supplemental Experience).

Getting tarted

Getting Started
You can begin earning IDP credit after graduating high school. Learn how to get started!

maintaining participation

Maintaining Participation
Learn how to document your experience for IDP.

Resources for Interns

Resources for Interns
NCARB produces several resources to guide aspiring architects through the internship process.


Supervisors and Mentors
Supervisors and Mentors are an integral part of the IDP process. Learn more about their important role.

IDP Coordinators

Licensing Advisors
There are volunteers across the country interested in helping you get licensed as an architect. Find your local advisors here!


Think Tank
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NCARB By the Numbers:
Time to Complete IDP Continues to Drop
The average time it takes to complete the IDP has dropped in recent years. [more]

Time to Complete IDP
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