NCARB Board Approves Changes to Intern Development Program (IDP)

28 October 2013

Washington, DC—In September, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Board of Directors approved changes to the Intern Development Program (IDP) related to the employment duration requirement and eligibility requirement. Notably, the removal of the duration requirement will allow interns to earn IDP experience regardless of a project’s duration; and the eligibility requirement is being simplified to allow interns to begin earning credit upon graduation from high school. The changes go into effect 16 December 2013.

“Over the last few years, the Council and its volunteers have been looking closely at how we can continue to streamline our programs to make them more accessible to emerging professionals seeking licensure,” said NCARB CEO Michael J. Armstrong. “As a result, we are pleased to expand the opportunities to earn experience.”

Employment Duration Requirement
Currently, interns are required to work for 15 hours per week for eight consecutive weeks to earn experience toward the IDP. The elimination of this requirement recognizes that all experience gained through one of the experience settings is valid regardless of the time spent working on a project. The change will allow interns to earn work experience for short-term projects and/or experience obtained over a winter or summer break while in school.

IDP Eligibility Requirement
There are currently three points of entry to begin earning IDP experience: enrollment in a NAAB/CACB-accredited program, enrollment in a pre-professional architecture degree program, or employment in experience setting A after obtaining a high school diploma. After December 16, interns will simply need to obtain a high school diploma or equivalent. Interns will be able to earn experience straight out of high school, and will no longer need to submit a form to set their eligibility date.

Engaging the Profession
The recommendations for these changes came from working with the Council’s 54 member registration boards as well as the architectural collateral organizations through the Internship Advisory Committee (IAC). Co-chaired by NCARB and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the committee also includes members from American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), and Society for Design Administration (SDA).

“While NCARB administers the IDP, all members of the profession have a stake in ensuring that the next generation of architects are being prepared for practice as effectively and as efficiently as possible,” said Armstrong.

Spread the Word: December 2013 Implementation
The IDP Guidelines will be updated in December, and the new rules will go into effect December 16. Visit the NCARB website in the coming months for more information.



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.