Licensure candidates are completing the Intern Development Program (IDP), now called the Architectural Experience Program (AXP), sooner than ever before. Several changes have contributed to this growth, namely the reduction of required hours and modifications to the reporting requirement. These updates have enabled licensure candidates and their supervisors to approach the program—and the path to licensure—with greater flexibility.

Number of IDP Completions on the Rise

Nearly 4,900 licensure candidates completed the IDP in 2015, a 27 percent jump from the previous year. Two key program updates have likely contributed to this increase—a reduction in required hours (known as the streamlined IDP) and the ability to log experience gained beyond eight months. In fact, about 700 licensure candidates completed the program in July 2015 after the launch of the streamlined IDP. 

Note: Historical data can shift because licensure candidates can backdate experience up to five years. For example, if someone today submitted a final experience report from 2013, his or her IDP completion date would be 2013.

Licensure Candidates Complete the IDP in Record Time

In 2015, the average licensure candidate completed the IDP in just over four years. This shift is likely tied to recent program updates, particularly a reduction in required hours (see Number of IDP Completions on the Rise).

Age at IDP Completion Stays Consistent

On average, licensure candidates who completed the IDP in 2015 were 25 when they started the program and 30 when they finished. While this pattern has remained consistent over the past few years, the ages candidates start and complete the IDP are growing closer. For comparison, 2015 saw a 5.3-year difference, while 2013 was 5.9.