Experience Requirements

The AXP includes 96 tasks that are typically performed in six experience areas. These tasks are the key items you should be capable of performing in order to practice architecture independently. You should use the AXP as a tool to help you gain the necessary experience to prepare you for the profession and beyond.

Completing the AXP

Most licensure candidates will complete the AXP by reporting hours. You will need to document a minimum of 3,740 required hours under the six experience areas to complete the program. Some tasks may be easier to complete early in your career, while others may take more time and experience to complete. You and your supervisor should work together to create a plan that best fits your goals and abilities.

At least half of your experience must be completed under the supervision of a qualified architect; however, there are many ways to complete the remainder of your AXP hours outside the employment of an architect. These opportunities will be covered in the experience settings section.

Note: Each jurisdiction sets its own requirements, and some require additional experience. Check here to see an overview of your jurisdiction’s requirements. Visit the architectural registration board website to verify its requirement.

AXP Portfolio

Some experienced design professionals are eligible to complete the AXP by demonstrating competent performance through an AXP Portfolio. This new method is intended for individuals who put their licensure on hold and allows you to demonstrate your experience through the preparation of an online portfolio.

Experience Areas

The six AXP experience areas are:

Experience Settings

Your experience reports will fall under one of two experience settings: setting A or setting O. These settings serve to define the type of organization, the experience performed, and who verifies the experience:

  • Setting A: Work performed for an architecture firm. You are required to complete a minimum of 1,860 hours in this setting.
  • Setting O: Experiences that can be performed outside an architecture firm.

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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Related FAQs

How do I change the start or end date of my report? To edit the date range of either a weekly or bulk report, you should click “edit” on the top employer section. You can then edit the start or end date of the report.

How do I edit a "Saved" experience report?

The "Experience Reports" tab of the online reporting system will allow you to select and view your saved information. Select the report you would like to modify. The experience is saved automatically until you either "Submit" or "Delete" the report. Until then, you can make changes as often as you like, including updating the experience hours daily to reflect work completed that same day. However, once you submit the report to your supervisor you will not be able to edit it unless your supervisor returns the report for edits. Please make sure you are satisfied with the completeness and accuracy of the report before submitting it for verification.

What happens when I have documented all of the hours required to satisfy my jurisdiction’s experience requirement?

Once your Record indicates that you have completed your jurisdiction’s experience requirement, your Record will automatically be placed in the queue for a final evaluation. After this evaluation, you will be updated by NCARB staff regarding your status and the next steps you'll need to take.