Intern Development Program

IDP 2.0

The Intern Development Program (IDP) identifies the comprehensive experience that is essential for the independent practice of architecture.

The IDP was created jointly in the 1970s by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The IDP is developed and administered by NCARB.

All of the program requirements are outlined in the IDP Guidelines.

For the latest news about the IDP, read NCARB's IDP e-News.

Experience Requirement

Each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands sets its own education, experience, and examination requirements for initial and reciprocal registration in their jurisdiction. Every jurisdiction requires that interns acquire experience under the direct supervision of a registered architect for some period of time.

Most of NCARB’s 54 jurisdictions have adopted the Intern Development Program (IDP) as their experience requirement for initial registration.

IDP 2.0

Announced in 2009, IDP 2.0 is the most significant update to the Intern Development Program (IDP) since its inception in the 1970s. Using the 2007 Practice Analysis of Architecture as a guide, the program requirements were updated to more closely align with the current practice of architecture, to help ensure that interns acquire the comprehensive experience that is essential for competent practice, and to make reporting experience fundamentally easier.

The changes to the program offer many benefits to interns by allowing them to complete some of the experience requirements during periods of unemployment, expanding program definitions, and simplifying the reporting process. [Learn more] [Rollover Guide]

IDP 2.0 Timeline
Because the changes to the IDP offered several benefits to interns, NCARB decided to implement them as soon as system developments would allow. [See timeline of IDP 2.0 implementation]

History of the IDP

Learn more about NCARB’s Practice Analysis, how it was used to determine IDP 2.0, and how these updates reinforce the importance of the IDP. [more]



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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