Intern Development Program

NCARB and the IDP

he National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is responsible for establishing, interpreting and enforcing the Intern Development Program (IDP) and architecture training requirements.  The IDP 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 Intern Development Program.  The objective of IDP is to prepare interns for competent practice.  The IDP training requirement establishes levels of training in important areas of architectural practice.  The AIA National web site offers a number of resource highlights and information to assist AIA Associate members and interns in their continuing education.  For further information about IDP 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.

IDP 2.0 Information

IDP 2.0:  Phase Three of IDP 2.0 went into effect in January 2011 and ushered in changes to the Intern Development Program (IDP) work settings and experience areas.  While the overall experience requirement remained the same in terms of actual work hours (5,600), the distribution of the core minimums were slightly different.  As of the end of 2012, IDP 2.0 has been fully phased in.  For more information view the latest IDP Guidelines.

NCARB Reporting System:  NCARB's online reporting system is a tool that interns and IDP supervisors use to report and review experience for the Intern Development Program (IDP) through My NCARB.  The system is also used by architects applying for NCARB certification that need to document their experience.

Six-Month Rule

The Six-Month Rule requires interns to submit their training hours in reporting periods of no longer than six months and within two months of completion of each reporting period.  Once interns have submitted their training hours to their supervisor through the electronic system, those hours are protected while under review.  To be protected, you must have a "submitted" status on the upper right of the report.  A report that has a "saved" status is not protected.

Interns will not be affected by any delay caused by their supervisor or NCARB.  However, submitted training hours can be lost if they are deemed invalid by their supervisor, or if they are not earned in accordance with the rules of the IDP.  Certain extensions are available (see IDP Guidelines for more information).

Emerging Professionals Companion:  An Online Resource

Developed by AIA and NCARB, The Emerging Professionals Companion (EPC) is an online resource for emerging professionals.  Primarily intended as a means for interns to gain IDP credit, this resource can also be used by educators in professional practice courses, by young architects seeking continuing education credit, by AIA components developing programming for emerging professionals (e.g., mentoring programs, study groups), and by firms looking for in-house curricula.  The EPC's 16 chapters are aligned with NCARB's 16 IDP training areas.  Each chapter begins with an in-depth narrative of the subject and provides interactive material.  Sign up and learn more!

ARE Study Resources

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

Addidional information about taking the ARE (Architectural Registration Examination) are available from the NCARB website.

Careers in Architecture

The AIA and AIAS have developed an online portal for information related to careers in architecture.  Visit to learn more.