Architectural Experience Program (AXP)

All of NCARB’s 54 U.S. jurisdictions require you to gain and document a certain amount of experience before becoming an architect. That’s where the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) comes in.

Through the AXP, you will learn about the daily realities of architectural practice, acquire comprehensive experience in basic practice areas, explore specialized areas of practice, develop professional judgment, and refine your career goals. The AXP is developed and administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). In most jurisdictions, completion of the AXP is a requirement for initial registration. The AXP identifies the tasks that are essential for competent practice. The program is structured to prepare you to practice architecture independently upon initial registration.

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


The Architectural Experience Program (AXP) identifies the comprehensive experience that is essential for the independent practice of architecture.

IDP 2.0 Categories

Experience Requirements
The AXP includes 96 tasks that are typically performed in six experience areas.

Getting tarted

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

maintaining participation

Stay Active
Learn how to document your experience for AXP.

Resources for Interns

Resources for Licensure Candidates
NCARB produces several resources to guide licensure candidates through the experience process.


Supervisors and Mentors
Supervisors and Mentors are an integral part of the AXP 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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AXP Guidelines
AXP Guidelines
The AXP Guidelines is essential reading for licensure candidates, supervisors, and mentors participating in the AXP. The document includes steps to completing the program, reporting procedures, experience requirements, and more! [more]

AXP Guidelines
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