Setting A covers the experience you gain while employed by a firm legally practicing architecture, working under an architect who is licensed in the United States or Canada.

To meet the AXP’s requirements, you need to earn a minimum of 1,860 hours in experience setting A. There is no maximum number of hours you can earn in this setting.

To qualify for this setting, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are employed by a firm engaged in the lawful practice of architecture
  • Your work is supervised by an architect licensed to practice in the United States or Canada
  • You have earned a high school diploma or the equivalent
  • You are being paid for your work

NCARB believes all licensure candidates should be paid for their work. Unpaid internships are not eligible for AXP credit, with the exception of approved Community-Based Design Center/Collaboratives under setting O.

Academic Internships

If you have an academic internship that meets all of the above requirements, you can report relevant experience for AXP credit in the same way as any other setting A experience. You do not need to identify academic internships or have them pre-approved by NCARB.