- What is my role as an AXP supervisor?
As an AXP supervisor, you manage the candidate on a daily basis and are ultimately responsible for their work. Your main tasks are to provide work assignments that give your employee the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required by the AXP and provide feedback to guide their professional development. You will also review your employee’s experience reports and verify that their work meets the expectations and requirements of the AXP. Learn more about your role as an AXP supervisor.
- What is health, safety, and welfare (HSW)?
Many U.S. licensing boards, as well as the AIA, require architects to earn continuing education hours (CEH) in topic areas of Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) every year. All NCARB Monographs meet HSW requirements. Find out if your board requires CEH in HSW through our Licensing Requirements Tool.
- What is experience setting O?
Setting O includes experience opportunities that can be performed outside an architecture firm. Some of these opportunities allow you to gain AXP experience while unemployed or working in a non-architecture field. There is no minimum number of hours required for opportunities in this setting, although each has a maximum limit.
- What is an NCARB Record?
An NCARB Record is a paid, verified online account of your professional history—including your education, experience, and examination details.
You will need an NCARB Record to complete the AXP, take the ARE, and become NCARB certified. At your request, NCARB can also transmit your Record to a jurisdiction to facilitate reciprocal licensure.
- What is an EESA evaluation? Do I need one?
Administered by the NAAB, the Education Evaluation Services for Architects (EESA) compares your academic transcript to the NCARB Education Standard and determines whether your education meets the requirement for licensure or NCARB certification.
You may need an EESA evaluation if you are a candidate for licensure or NCARB certification without a degree from a NAAB-accredited program. Learn more about EESA evaluations.
- What is an academic internship?
Any work experience that is integrated into your academic program, whether as a requirement or an elective, is considered an academic internship. You can report work experience earned in academic internships as long as it meets the AXP’s rules, including the employment requirements.
- What is a practice analysis?
NCARB’s practice analysis is a regular survey that provides insight into the current practice of architecture. The findings identify the areas of practice that are essential for licensure, which NCARB uses to guide the development of the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®) and the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®), among other requirements.
- What if I have a degree from a foreign country?
If you received an education outside of the United States or Canada and are not licensed to practice architecture in that country, you may need an EESA evaluation.
If you received an education outside of the United States or Canada and are licensed to practice architecture in a country outside of the United States or Canada, please complete the credential verification form. Then follow the remaining steps for the foreign architect path to certification. Applicants for this path do NOT need an EESA.
- What happened to the Intern Development Program (IDP)?
In 2016, the IDP was updated to reflect the six broad areas of current architectural practice and renamed the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®).
- What can I expect at a Prometric test center?
We contract with Prometric test centers to keep the ARE secure. On your appointment day, be ready to arrive at least 30 minutes early, present a valid photo ID, participate in security procedures, and leave your personal items outside the testing room. Learn more about what to expect in the ARE 5.0 Guidelines.