As you navigate the AXP, you’ll probably have several supervisors and mentors who help guide you along the way. You should look to these professionals for feedback, training, and encouragement as you develop the skills you’ll need to practice independently. You’ll be assigned a supervisor when you begin working at a firm, so be sure to ask how the firm supports licensure candidates when you’re interviewing.

From time to time, you may need to provide your supervisor with tools and resources to help them understand the program and their role.

What is an AXP Supervisor?

Your AXP supervisor manages you on a daily basis and is ultimately responsible for your work. Their main task is to assign projects that give you the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required by the AXP, as well as provide feedback that helps guide your professional development. Your supervisor will also review your experience reports and certify that your work meets the expectations and requirements of the AXP. Learn more about your supervisor’s role.

While most AXP supervisors are architects, your supervisor does not have to be an architect in all cases. Under certain experience opportunities, your supervisor may be a professional from another discipline.

What is a Mentor?

Having an experienced professional to offer instruction, encouragement, and advice can be extremely beneficial as you navigate the path to licensure. While your mentor won’t typically review your experience reports, there are certain opportunities where mentors who are architects registered in the United States or Canada can approve your experience.

AXP Portfolio Supervisors

For those who are eligible, the AXP Portfolio enables eligible candidates to complete the experience requirement based on experience gained outside of the hourly reporting method. Learn more about the expectations for supervisors reviewing an AXP Portfolio.