Architectural Experience Program

NCARB and the AXP

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is responsible for establishing, interpreting and enforcing the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) and architecture training requirements.  The AXP Advisory Committee was created in 1975 by NCARB and the AIA.  The group functions as an advisor to NCARB and AIA on matters related to improving the Architectural Experience Program.  The objective of AXP is to prepare interns for competent practice.  The AXP training requirement establishes levels of training in important areas of architectural practice.  For further information about AXP training requirements and NCARB Council Record application procedures, visit the NCARB web site, e-mail NCARB Customer Service, or call NCARB Customer Service at (202) 879-0520.

AXP Information

The Architectural Experience Program® (AXP™) provides a framework to guide you through gaining and recording your professional experience.  Developed by NCARB, the program is required by most U.S. jurisdictions and is a key step on the path to earning a license.

Through the AXP, you'll learn how to safely and competently handle the scenarios you'll face as an architect.  With broad experience areas that reflect the current phases of practice, the program prepares you for everything from site design to project management.

NCARB Recording System:  All of your AXP™ experience must be logged and approved for your NCARB Record.  You can document your experience through the hourly reporting method directly to your NCARB record or with the free "My AXP app".

ARE Study Resources

The AIA National website includes a list of ARE Study resources including:

Additional information about taking the ARE (Architectural Registration Examination) is available from the NCARB website.