Architectural Experience Program

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.

For the latest news about the AXP, read our AXP updates.

Questions about the AXP?

You can learn more about the program requirements in the AXP Guidelines, or visit our FAQ page for more information.

History of the AXP

Learn more about how NCARB developed the Architectural Experience Program and how we decide which tasks are essential for licensure candidates.

Think Tank

Want to be more involved with the path to licensure? The Think Tank is your opportunity to engage in conversation with the NCARB leadership and provide feedback and direction for all of our programs for licensure and reciprocity.

Related Publications


AXP Guidelines
Updated June 2016! 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!

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