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.
OverviewThe Architectural Experience Program (AXP) identifies the comprehensive experience that is essential for the independent practice of architecture.
Experience RequirementsThe AXP includes 96 tasks that are typically performed in six experience areas.
Getting StartedYou can begin earning AXP credit after graduating high school. Learn how to get started!
Stay ActiveLearn how to document your experience for AXP.
Resources for Licensure CandidatesNCARB produces several resources to guide licensure candidates through the experience process.
Supervisors and MentorsSupervisors and Mentors are an integral part of the AXP process. Learn more about their important role.
Licensing AdvisorsThere are volunteers across the country interested in helping you get licensed as an architect. Find your local advisors here!
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