NCARB Launches Final Phase of IDP 2.0

11 April 2012

Washington, DC—The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has launched the final phase of the Intern Development Program (IDP) 2.0, culminating a three-year, phased rollout of the most significant update to the program in more than 30 years. IDP 2.0 includes simplified experience settings, new experience categories and areas, and an enhanced online reporting system.

"NCARB is committed to offering interns a comprehensive and relevant internship program," said CEO Michael J. Armstrong. "Grounded in the profession’s feedback on what today’s interns need to know to practice architecture, IDP 2.0 is designed to prepare interns for meeting the demands and realities of their chosen profession."

"IDP 2.0 empowers interns like never before," said Director, Intern Development Program, Harry M. Falconer Jr., AIA, NCARB. "The improved program offers interns increased flexibility in terms of where and how they can earn the required experience—including opportunities whether or not employed." This flexibility also extends to when interns can start earning the required experience. "In IDP 2.0, interns can earn credit through academic internships, giving them a jump-start in fulfilling program requirements, while still in school," said Falconer.

Simplified Experience Settings
IDP 2.0 includes three experience settings: A: Practice of Architecture, O: Other Work Settings, and S: Supplemental Experience. All interns must earn a minimum of 1,860 hours of experience in setting A, which is an organization engaged in the lawful practice of architecture, under the direct supervision of an architect. The two other experience settings, O and S, allow interns to earn experience through related architectural experience, such as working with engineers, landscape architects, and foreign architects, or through volunteer service, design competitions, and self-directed study. The new experience settings also include updated supervision requirements that are reflective of current practice. [IDP 2.0 experience settings]

New Experience Categories and Areas
The overall IDP experience requirement remains 5,600 hours; of those, 3,740 hours are considered core minimum hours, and the additional 1,860 required hours are considered elective hours. The core minimum requirements include hours earned across four experience categories and 17 experience areas. [IDP 2.0 experience categories and areas]

Enhanced Online Reporting System
The new online reporting system has an improved look and feel, and its flexible design will allow for additional features to be built and rolled out over time. The new online reporting system is intended to improve the IDP reporting experience for all system users. [New online reporting system]

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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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