Please note: The AXP Portfolio is designed for unlicensed individuals who need to complete the experience component for initial licensure, and cannot complete AXP through Hourly Reporting. You will still need to meet your jurisdiction’s education requirement and complete the ARE to earn a license.

We want to make the path to licensure as inclusive as possible—which is why we created the AXP Portfolio. By completing an online portfolio, experienced designers can use examples of work to satisfy the AXP.

Through this option, you’ll demonstrate your competency in the AXP’s 96 tasks by uploading exhibits—documents, PDFs, images, or other files—of work for approval by your supervisor. Learn more about completing the AXP Portfolio.

This method is designed for individuals in the AEC field—such as designers and project managers—who may have put their licensure goals on hold due to career, personal, or economic reasons. To qualify for the AXP Portfolio, you must:

  • Have an active NCARB Record (although you are able to submit an initial application without having an active record)
  • Have a current supervisor who is a licensed architect and willing to attest to your knowledge and experience
  • Have at least two years of experience from over five years ago (including at least one year of experience that qualifies for experience setting A)
  • Be unable to finish documenting the AXP through hourly experience reports

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