Intern Development Program

IDP 2.0

The Intern Development Program (IDP) is an essential step in the path to becoming an architect. Your journey typically begins in a school of architecture; however, it does not end there. Ultimately, through the IDP 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 IDP is designed to help you realize those goals.

The IDP was created jointly in the 1970s by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The IDP is developed and administered by NCARB.

All of the program requirements are outlined in the IDP Guidelines.

For the latest news about the IDP, read NCARB's IDP e-News.

Experience Requirement

Each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands sets its own education, experience, and examination requirements for initial and reciprocal registration. Every jurisdiction requires that aspiring architects acquire experience under the direct supervision of a registered architect for some period of time.

Most of NCARB’s 54 jurisdictions have adopted the Intern Development Program (IDP) as their experience requirement for initial registration.

History of the IDP

Learn more about NCARB’s Practice Analysis, how it was used to determine IDP 2.0, and how these updates reinforce the importance of the IDP. [more]



Related Publications


IDP Guidelines
Updated July 2015! The IDP Guidelines is essential reading for aspiring architects, supervisors, and mentors participating in the IDP. The document includes steps to completing the program, reporting procedures, experience requirements, and more!

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