We understand that along the journey to licensure, satisfying some Architectural Experience Program ® (AXP®) requirements can be harder than others. The AXP Guidelines explain that in order to qualify for the AXP, your work must fall under one of the two experience settings. These settings detail the type of organization you’re working for, the specific tasks performed, and who verifies your experience.
While most of your documented experience requires employment by an architecture firm, which is also known as setting A, there are other opportunities to satisfy your AXP requirements. Setting O includes other experience opportunities that can be performed outside an architecture firm or while working for an architect licensed in a country other than the U.S. or Canada. There are ten categories in which you can gain AXP experience under setting O.
Other Work Experience Under Licensed Professionals
The first category is “Other Work Experience Under Licensed Professionals.” This category allows you to earn up to 1,860 hours for working in any combination of the following employment settings:
For experience gained in the United States or Canada:
- Direct supervision by an individual licensed as an architect in a U.S. or Canadian jurisdiction in an organization not engaged in the practice of architecture
- Direct supervision by an individual licensed in a U.S. or Canadian jurisdiction as a landscape architect or engineer (practicing as a structural, civil, mechanical, fire protection, or electrical engineer in the field of building construction
For experience gained outside of the United States or Canada:
- Direct supervision by an architect not registered in the United States/Canada engaged in the practice of architecture
Under setting O, there is no minimum number of hours required, although each opportunity has a maximum limit. To explore the details of each opportunity in setting O, read our AXP Guidelines.
Interested in learning more about setting O? More details are available in the AXP Guidelines and our blog!