Architect Licensing Advisors Community

Architect Licensing Advisors

The Architect Licensing Advisors Community (formerly the IDP Coordinators Program) exists to facilitate the flow of information to architecture students, interns, and architects about licensure and reciprocity. NCARB develops and improves resources for the advisors regarding all NCARB programs, while the American Institute Architects (AIA) facilitates training related to their programs such as mentorship.

For many aspiring architects, licensing advisors provide the first glimpse into the licensure process, providing tips and guidance along the way. Similar to a supervisor or mentor, you can look to your advisor for first-hand knowledge about earning IDP hours, passing the ARE, NCARB certification, and meeting your jurisdiction’s licensure requirements.

Licensing Advisors are local, state, or university volunteers who are committed to assisting interns navigate the path to licensure and advising architects on reciprocity. [Position Description]

Some advisors are appointed by universities, AIAS chapters, or AIA state components. To see the list of advisors in your area go to the Architect Licensing Advisors Roster:

Interested in becoming a licensing advisor? Contact  

For licensing advisors only: 

Architect Licensing Advisor Online Community 

Licensing Advisors Summit 

Related Publications


IDP Guidelines
Updated July 2014! The IDP Guidelines is essential reading for interns, supervisors, and mentors participating in the IDP. The document includes steps to completing the program, reporting procedures, experience requirements, and tasks interns should understand before becoming licensed.

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A Resource Network for Interns: IDP Coordinators and NCARB
The extensive network of IDP coordinators—numbering more than 300 currently—are a great resource for students and interns who are living, learning, and working across the country.

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Related Content

Introducing the Architect Licensing Advisors Community
Nearly 200 state, educator, auxiliary, and student coordinators gathered in Miami for the 2014 Intern Development Program (IDP) Coordinators Conference.