IDP Streamline Goes Into Effect July 1

The Intern Development Program (IDP) will no longer require elective hours.

April 15, 2015

On July 1, 2015, NCARB will streamline the IDP by no longer requiring elective hours. Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming changes:

IDP Streamline Overview

Starting July 1, the IDP will require 3,740 total hours defined by the existing 17 experience areas:

 
Experience Areas Required Hours
Pre-Design
Programming 80
Site and Building Analysis 80
Project Cost and Feasibility 40
Planning and Zoning Regulations 60
Design
Schematic Design 320
Engineering Systems 360
Construction Cost 120
Codes and Regulations 120
Design Development 320
Construction Documents 1,200
Material Selection and Specification 160
Project Management
Bidding and Contract Negotiation 120
Construction Administration 240
Construction Phase: Observation 120
General Project Management 240
Practice Management
Business Operations 80
Leadership and Service 80
TOTAL HOURS 3,740

Your jurisdiction may have additional requirements, as each jurisdiction sets its own requirements for initial licensure. Some may continue to require 5,600+ hours and/or have a minimum employment duration requirement. We will continue to support the individual requirements for all 54 jurisdictions. You can find out what your jurisdiction’s experience requirement is here.

Reporting Hours

Good news—you’ll continue to report hours through My NCARB and the My IDP mobile app. You won’t lose the hours you’ve already reported, and you’ll still be able to view them in My NCARB. Plus, existing supplemental experience opportunities—including site visits, design competitions, and the Professional Conduct Monograph—aren’t going away.

The current reporting requirement still applies, so don’t forget to submit experience within eight months for full credit. Experience reported beyond this period and up to five years prior will be valued at 50 percent.

Important: We recommend that interns continue to report all experience. Doing so will help facilitate licensure and reciprocity in jurisdictions that require additional experience.

Key Takeaways
  • Check with NCARB or your jurisdiction. Some jurisdictions may require additional hours and/or have a minimum employment requirement.
  • Keep reporting hours. You can continue to document all experience through My NCARB.
  • We’re here to help. NCARB will continue to support the individual requirements for all 54 jurisdictions.

What’s Next

We will continue to share updates with you over the next few months. Remember, it’s a good idea to check with NCARB or your jurisdiction for the latest rules and regulations. And you can always reach out to our Customer Service team at 202/879-0520 or customerservice@ncarb.org.

Related Content

Experience Requirement by Jurisdiction
Your jurisdiction may have additional experience requirements. Some may continue to require 5,600+ hours and/or have a minimum employment duration requirement.
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