Understanding the skills and knowledge architects need to practice independently is your candidate’s responsibility—but they can’t do it alone.

Supervisors and mentors play an important role in helping candidates complete the path to licensure, so it’s vital that you have a basic understanding of the experience program, its goals, and the responsibilities involved. As a supervisor or mentor, your role is to encourage and support candidates’ professional development by providing work assignments that will guide them through developing the skills identified by the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®).

The program requires candidates to gain experience in six broad areas that span the phases of a typical architecture project—from practice management to construction administration—to ensure they’re ready to face common scenarios of day-to-day practice.

To complete the AXP, candidates need to learn to perform a wide range of tasks. That’s where you come in.

Understanding Your Role

AXP Supervisors
As an AXP supervisor, you manage the candidate on a daily basis and are ultimately responsible for their work. Your main task is to assign projects that give candidates the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required by the AXP. You'll also review your candidate’s experience reports and provide feedback to help guide their professional development.

While most AXP supervisors are architects, you do not have to be an architect to be an AXP supervisor. Under certain experience opportunities, you may be a professional from another discipline.

Mentors offer instruction, encouragement, and advice to candidates as they navigate the path to licensure. Candidates are not required to have a mentor. However, having another experienced architect to turn to can be extremely beneficial. While you won’t typically monitor a candidate’s experience reports, there are certain opportunities where mentors who are licensed to practice architecture in the United States or Canada can act as an AXP supervisor.

AXP Portfolio Supervisors
The AXP Portfolio enables seasoned professionals to complete their experience requirement outside of the hourly reporting method. Because the method is different, the review process is different, too. Learn more about the expectations for AXP Portfolio supervisors.

Tools and Resources

Need help navigating the AXP? Here's everything you need to supervise a candidate.

For Licensure Candidates

Find tools you can give to your supervisor and learn more about their role in the AXP.