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.

    Related Content

    IDP Guidelines
    Updated July 2014! The IDP Guidelines is essential reading for interns, supervisors, and mentors participating in the IDP.

    NCARB's Online Reporting System
    The online reporting system is a tool that interns use to report their experience for the IDP through My NCARB Record.