Editor's note: This post was updated on May 12, 2017.
During this month’s NCARB Live, our experts walked viewers through the upcoming changes to the Intern Development Program (IDP). As you may have heard, the program will soon require 3,740 total hours (formally known as core hours) defined by the existing 17 experience areas.
Watch as NCARB’s Experience + Education Manager Martin Smith, Member Board Relations Assistant Director Derek Haese, and Customer Relations Assistant Director Demetrius Norman address your questions.
Plus, here are the answers to your top five FAQs:
Will my jurisdiction accept the new 3,740 hour requirement?
Each jurisdiction sets its own requirements for initial licensure. For example, some jurisdictions may continue to require 5,600+ hours and/or have a minimum employment duration requirement. You can find out what your jurisdiction’s experience requirement with our Licensing Requirements Tool.
When can I start earning IDP experience?
You can start reporting IDP experience after graduating high school! To earn full credit for your work, be sure to report any experience within eight months. Any work beyond eight months (and up to five years back), is valued at 50 percent.
Can you explain the duration requirement?
Some jurisdictions have a minimum employment duration requirement for initial licensure. For example, if your jurisdiction has a three-year duration requirement, you’ll need to document three years of qualifying experience, with IDP counting toward this requirement. You can find out if your jurisdiction has a duration requirement here.
Does my IDP supervisor have to be an architect?
It depends on the experience setting your work falls under.
- If you’re earning hours in experience setting A, you must be directly supervised by an architect licensed in a U.S. or Canadian jurisdiction.
- If you’re earning hours in experience setting O, you must be directly supervised by one of the following:
- An architect licensed in a U.S. or Canadian jurisdiction;
- An architect not registered in the United States/Canada; or
- A landscape architect or registered engineer.
Does experience in foreign architecture firms count toward IDP?
Yes! If your supervisor has a foreign license to practice architecture, you can earn up to 1,860 hours in experience setting O. If your supervisor is licensed in a U.S. or Canadian jurisdiction, then your work falls under experience setting A, and there’s no limit to the number of hours you can earn toward IDP.
Important: If you don’t have a degree from a NAAB-accredited program, your jurisdiction may have additional experience requirements.