All your AXP experience must be logged and approved by your AXP supervisor through your NCARB Record. There are two methods of documenting your experience: the hourly reporting method and the AXP Portfolio. Most candidates will complete the AXP through the hourly reporting method.

Hourly Reporting

To complete the AXP through the hourly reporting method, you’ll need to document a minimum of 3,740 required hours across six experience areas. Once you start gaining experience that meets the program’s requirements, you can report your hours through your NCARB Record or by using the free My AXP app. Learn how to report your hours.

To earn full credit for your experience, you’ll need to submit your experience within the time limit established by the reporting requirement.

Note: Some jurisdictions require experience beyond the AXP’s requirements. NCARB recommends reporting any experience that qualifies for AXP until you are licensed to support your ability to meet all jurisdictions’ requirements.

AXP Portfolio

If you are a design professional with experience in architecture that is older than five years, you may be able to use your past work to complete the AXP by submitting an online portfolio. Note: if you are able to complete AXP through the hourly reporting method, you must do so. If not, this option may be available to you.

Through this option, you will demonstrate your ability to perform all 96 tasks identified in the AXP by uploading exhibits—documents, PDFs, images, or other files—of work for approval by your supervisor.