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IDP 2.0: Phase Three — Now Fall 2011
The third and final phase of IDP 2.0, which was originally scheduled for January 2011, will now be implemented in fall 2011. Interns will be notified of the implementation date at least six months in advance of the launch date.

The electronic Experience Verification Reporting (e-EVR) system was launched in 2008 to create a more efficient and user-friendly process for reporting IDP experience. As we look to the long-term improvement of the program, we also needed to look at the long-term expandability of our computer systems.

"In order to build a foundation for the next several years, we needed to adjust the implementation of the final phase of IDP 2.0 to accommodate the time it takes to create systems that can handle the current improvements to the program as well as future improvements," said Mary S. de Sousa, Vice President, Operations at NCARB.

For more information about the changes related to the final phase of IDP 2.0, download our guide IDP 2.0: Experience Areas and Categories, which includes definitions, explanations of the experiences areas that are combined or split, training hour rollover examples, and frequently asked questions.

Also, the fall 2010 Direct Connection will feature yet to be released details about the new experience settings and new opportunities to earn IDP credit for qualifying work study co-op programs. Details on the qualifying criteria and application process for work study co-op programs will be released by the end of this year.

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Coming 1 October 2010
NCARB committees and task forces related to the IDP are always looking at ways to improve the program. One great way NCARB receives feedback and suggestions directly from interns is through its expanded outreach efforts. As a result of the comments and suggestions we received from interns and other stakeholders, many exciting changes were considered this year.

The NCARB Board of Directors has approved significant changes to the program that will go into effect on 1 October 2010. All changes are effective on or after the implementation date and may not be documented retroactively.

"These additional improvements to the program reflect the way our profession works today," said Director, IDP Harry M. Falconer Jr., AIA.

New IDP Eligibility Dates
When can you start the IDP? The answer to that question will be simpler beginning this fall. Interns will be able to earn IDP experience once they have successfully documented:

  1. Enrollment in a NAAB/CACB-accredited degree program.
  2. Enrollment in a preā€professional architecture degree program at a school that offers a NAAB/CACB-accredited degree program.
  3. Employment in Work Setting A after obtaining a U.S. high school diploma or General Education Degree (GED) equivalent, or comparable foreign degree.

"The IDP is a well-developed and structured program that can stand on its own," said Gary E. Demele, AIA, Region 4 Director and IDP Program Development Program Task Force Chair, "The contemporary form of IDP is quite rigorous and thorough and does not require a level of architecture education from the intern in order to maintain its effectiveness as an independent leg of the licensure stool."

All individuals working to document completion of the IDP may utilize the new standards, but only for experience earned on or after the implementation date. Look for more information in the coming months on how an intern will document their IDP eligibility date.

New Supplementary Education Opportunities
In addition to new eligibility dates, the Board has approved four new supplementary education opportunities for either core or supplementary education credit. Supplementary education for core hours counts toward IDP training areas 1-16. Supplementary education for elective hours counts toward the 1,880 training hours that may be earned outside of the IDP training areas 1-16.

"When we are out talking to groups, interns are bringing to our attention viable work that they are doing outside of the traditional workplace that could be considered for credit," said Falconer.

NCARB IDP committees and task forces reviewed several of those suggestions and recommended they be available for supplemental experience. The Board approved three new opportunities for core hours and one for elective hours. More opportunities are under consideration for future credit.

New opportunities to earn core hours through supplementary education include:

  • Site visits with a mentor: Interns will be able to earn up to 40 hours in Construction Phase: Observation for going on site visits with a mentor. All hours must be approved by the mentor through e-EVR.
  • Design Competitions: Later this year, NCARB will release a criteria list for design competitions accepted for IDP credit. Interns who enter qualifying competitions may submit up to 40 hours of experience in each of the relevant IDP training areas 1-15. The mentor plays a critical role in this opportunity, as they will be required to pre-approve the competition, oversee the competition entry, and ultimately certify the experience through the e-EVR. Details on the qualifying criteria and instructions for mentors will be released before 1 October 2010.
  • Community Based Design Center/Collaborative: Interns who perform volunteer architectural services under the direct supervision of an IDP supervisor in support of an established non-profit entity (501(c)(3)), approved by NCARB, may earn up to 40 core hours in each IDP training areas 1-15. All organizations must apply to NCARB and be approved by NCARB prior to the work taking place in order to qualify for IDP training hours. Details on the qualifying criteria and the application process will be released before 1 October 2010.

Please note: Interns may earn up to 40 core minimum hours in each IDP training area through any combination of approved supplementary education activities. For example, if an intern has completed 16 hours of core credit in schematic design through completion of EPC activities, then they may only earn 24 more hours of core credit in schematic design through any combination of design competitions or volunteer service at a Community-Based Design Center/Collaborative.

New opportunity to earn elective hours through supplementary education:

  • Construction Specifications Institute's (CSI) Continuing Education Network (CEN): One hour of an approved CSI CEN program will count for one hour of IDP training hours. The process for reporting hours earned for CSI CEN approved programs will be similar to the process for submitting approved AIA continuing education. Interns will be required to upload their CSI CEN transcript into the e-EVR.

All requirements relative to the new IDP eligibility dates and supplementary education opportunities will be published in the IDP Guidelines in the fall of 2010.

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What is Professional and Community Service?
You must complete 80 core minimum hours in professional and community service for the IDP. Qualifying professional and community service is performed pro-bono in support of an organized activity or organization. There must be an individual who can certify to NCARB that you have performed services in support of the organization.

You may satisfy your professional and community service requirement in any combination of the following categories:

  • Design Industry related (construction, arch services, planning & development)
    • example: Habitat for Humanity, mediator at City Planning charrettes
  • Education related
    • example: critic at design review, high school career day participant, English as a second language teacher
  • Strengthening of community
    • example: volunteering for food drives or soup kitchens
  • Regulatory or professional organization
    • example: volunteering for AIA or USGBC, Boy/Girl Scouts

Reporting for Professional and Community Service

If you are employed in work settings A-F and your IDP supervisor is able to certify your professional and community service, then you may include your hours on an experience report to be certified by your IDP supervisor.

Or you may report your professional and community service in work setting FF and have an individual at the organization certify your experience.

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IDP 2.0 FAQs

When will Phase Three of IDP 2.0 be implemented?
NCARB plans to implement Phase Three of IDP 2.0 in 2011. The original implementation date of January 2011 has been adjusted to provide users with the best possible interface for reporting and verifying experience. Updates will be provided regarding the rollout of Phase Three in the fall of 2010.

How do I plan for Phase Three of IDP 2.0 if I don't know when it will be implemented?
Interns who are close to completing IDP, should focus on the current program. Interns just beginning IDP, will want to be familiar with the new program and consider the future requirements in planning for completion of the program. A minimum of six months notice will be provided before IDP 2.0 Phase Three is implemented.

Updated Guidelines
Updated July 2010! Download the latest editions of the ARE Guidelines, IDP Guidelines, and IDP Supervisor Guidelines for the latest program rules and updates.

Clarification will be added to the Fall 2010 IDP Guidelines regarding the Green Building Certification institute (GBCI) LEED AP exams, which qualify for IDP credit.

Six-Month Rule
As of fall 2010, the following clarification will be added to the Six-Month Rule requirements in the IDP Guidelines:

"The word "interns" as used in the herein applies to anyone not registered to practice architecture in U.S. or Canadian jurisdiction.

Architects registered in a U.S. or Canadian jurisdiction documenting experience for the purpose of obtaining the NCARB Certificate are not subject to the Six-Month Reporting Rule."

NCARB Outreach
NCARB staff may be coming to a school, firm, or AIA chapter near you! Through NCARB's expert series, our staff will explain how NCARB works as an organization, how to successfully progress through the IDP, how to obtain a license, and the value of an NCARB Certificate. They will also explain all the new and upcoming rule changes affecting NCARB's programs and services and answer your questions.

Events will be posted on our home page. Some events listed (particularly those held at a college campus or a firm) may be closed events. Please check with the contact person for event details.

Not coming to a location near you? Contact Martin Smith at to find out about NCARB outreach opportunities. Also, check out our webcast and podcast series for more information on NCARB programs.

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