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More Ways to Earn IDP Hours
The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has implemented a new opportunity—construction work—and modified the academic internship opportunity to remove the 930-hour cap. Interns will be able to take advantage of both opportunities immediately—and in the case of academic internships, the change is retroactive to April 5.

Construction Work
Many options exist in the construction industry for you to gain hands-on experience. Through these options you can develop knowledge and skills valuable to understanding how details “on paper” translate to the built environment and other aspects of the profession of architecture.

“Construction work gives interns experience working with materials and a better understanding of installation requirements and material limitations,” said Harry M. Falconer Jr., AIA, NCARB, Director, Internship + Education. “This is also an opportunity to work directly with contractors instrumental in creating the final product.”

How to Earn Hours
You may earn up to 930 elective hours in construction work done through either a paid or volunteer position.

  • You must work at least 15 hours per week for a minimum of eight weeks for the experience to qualify.
  • Construction activities that can be counted toward hours include, but are not limited to, hanging drywall, wiring, flooring, plumbing, and building layout.
  • Hours must be approved by an IDP supervisor who is experienced in the activity and maintains direct supervision over your work.
  • More information about this opportunity is available in the November 2012 IDP Guidelines.

Academic Internships
With the release of IDP 2.0 in April, internships integrated into an academic program became eligible for IDP hours. This opportunity was originally capped at 930 hours, but the NCARB Board of Directors decided to remove the limit as a result of discussions with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), the Council’s Internship Committee, and the IDP Advisory Committee. In addition, the removal of the cap is retroactive to April 5.

This change recognizes that many academic institutions have internships that run parallel or are embedded in to their academic programs, and have an oversight structure that provides a level of quality control for the experience being earned. These programs provide the participants with valuable work experience that is intended to expose students to the “real world” aspects of the practice.

“The committees and the Board of Directors felt experience obtained within the guidelines of the IDP should count for hours toward the program regardless of whether the host is a firm, an academic institution, or other related setting,” Falconer said.

How to Earn Hours
You may earn hours through academic internships in experience settings A or O.

  • The rules for reporting academic internship experience are the same as experience earned in a traditional experience setting A or O internship.
  • You no longer need to designate experience as an academic internship in the online reporting system.
  • More information about this opportunity is available in the November 2012 IDP Guidelines.

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November 2012 IDP Guidelines
Updated November 2012! 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. This edition reflects the modification to academic internships and the addition of construction work. [Download]

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