Emerging Professional's Companion (EPC): Elective Hours

An IDP enrichment resource, the Emerging Professional's Companion (EPC) (www.epcompanion.org), provides free web-based experience opportunities outside of the studio or work environment.

  • The EPC chapters are aligned with the IDP experience areas.  
  • A maximum of 1,800 hours may be earned through the EPC in any combination of core and elective hours.

Interns, whether or not employed in a qualified experience setting, can earn elective hours through completion of EPC activities. Interns can complete these activities under the supervision of their mentor. 

  • Each chapter includes activities that are identified as qualifying for either core or elective credit.
  • Activities identified for elective credit are not applied to any specific experience area.
  • Each activity is worth eight hours.

Work Product
It is required that interns retain copies of all documentation related to EPC activities completed for IDP credit for a period of at least three years beyond the date the experience is approved by their mentor or IDP supervisor.

Reporting EPC

  • You must have an AIA number to report EPC activities.
  • If you are not an associate member of the AIA, you may obtain a temporary AIA customer number at no charge by following the instructions outlined in the IDP Guidelines.
  • EPC activities must be reviewed by your IDP supervisor or mentor.
  • Report completed activities through the online reporting system under experience setting S. 
  • Your IDP supervisor or mentor must certify and approve each activity through the online reporting system.
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