Aspiring architects must acquire 3,740 hours to satisfy the Intern Development Program’s (IDP) experience requirement. One hour equals one hour of acceptable experience in an IDP experience setting.
It is an aspiring architect’s responsibility to understand the requirements of any jurisdiction where he/she may seek either initial or reciprocal registration. More information on jurisdictional requirements can be found here: Registration Boards Requirements.
All participants in the IDP must adhere to the rules and regulations defined in the IDP Guidelines.
Categories and Areas
The IDP includes four categories in which aspiring architects must earn experience: Pre-Design, Design, Project Manage¬ment, and Practice Management. The four experience categories include 17 experience areas. To complete the 3,740 required hours, you must satisfy the minimum hours required in each experience area. There are two types of hours you can earn:
Hours documented in each IDP experience area that reflect the competent performance of the tasks defined in that area.
Additional Opportunities for Jurisdictional Experience
Some jurisdictions may require documentation of additional hours to meet their experience requirement. NCARB recommends that you submit all experience until you have satisfied your jurisdiction’s requirement.
The IDP experience categories and areas are: