NCARB Releases Tools and Resources to Assist Interns With the Rollover to IDP 2.0

28 February 2012

Washington, DC—The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has released several tools and resources that interns can use to prepare for the rollover to the Intern Development Program (IDP) 2.0. On 3-5 April 2012, NCARB will implement the final phase of IDP 2.0. This phase will include new experience categories and areas, simplified experience settings, and an enhanced electronic system to report IDP experience. IDP 2.0 is the most significant update to the Intern Development Program (IDP) since its inception in the 1970s.

All interns currently participating in the IDP will have their experience rolled over to IDP 2.0 when the current reporting system shuts down at noon EDT 3 April 2012. On 5 April 2012, the final phase of IDP 2.0 launches, along with a new reporting system.

Using the available rollover tools and resources will help interns prepare for and understand how their individual circumstances may be affected by the rollover. “The IDP is an intern’s roadmap to obtaining the knowledge and skills necessary to practice architecture independently. It is in interns’ best interest to proactively understand their progress in the program and how to move forward,” said Harry M. Falconer Jr., AIA, NCARB, Director, Intern Development Program.

Tools and Resources

IDP 2.0 Interns’ Rollover Guide
The guide explains how the upcoming changes to the IDP will affect interns. The rollover guide includes the rules that will pertain to interns’ experience as it moves from the current IDP to IDP 2.0. It also includes definitions, explanations of the experience areas that are combined or split, training hour rollover examples, and frequently asked questions.

IDP 2.0 Calculator
The online calculator helps interns figure out how their hours will roll over to IDP 2.0. It gives interns, as well as their supervisors, information on interns’ progress through the program to help prepare for the rollover in April.

IDP 2.0 Categories and Areas Interactive Chart
Interns can scroll over the interactive chart to see how the current IDP requirements will roll over to the new IDP 2.0 experience categories and areas. Clicking on any of the areas will display the changes to the program.
[IDP 2.0 Interactive Chart]

IDP 2.0: The Rollover Webcast
Along with explaining the new experience settings, categories, and areas in IDP 2.0, the online video addresses how IDP hours will roll over to the new system and how interns, supervisors, and mentors can best prepare for the rollover.

NCARB anticipates a significant increase in usage of the online reporting system leading up to the 3 April 2012 rollover deadline, so interns are encouraged to submit hours well in advance.

For more information about IDP 2.0, visit



The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards' membership is made up of the architectural registration boards of all 50 states as well as those of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NCARB assists its member registration boards in carrying out their duties and provides a certification program for individual architects.

NCARB protects the public health, safety, and welfare by leading the regulation of the practice of architecture through the development and application of standards for licensure and credentialing of architects. In order to achieve these goals, the Council develops and recommends standards to be required of an applicant for architectural registration; develops and recommends standards regulating the practice of architecture; provides to Member Boards a process for certifying the qualifications of an architect for registration; and represents the interests of Member Boards before public and private agencies. NCARB has established reciprocal registration for architects in the United States and Canada.


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