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Experience is the most diverse of the Three E's of architecture. Interns can gain experience from working in small architecture firms, large firms, engineers, contractors, and other professionals in firms across the country and around the world. Many interns personalize their internship experience within the confines of the program to gain rich professional development opportunities during their early careers.

What are IDP and AXP?

In June 2016, the Intern Development Program (IDP) was updated to reflect six broad areas of current architectural practice—and renamed the Architectural Experience Program (AXP). This comprehensive training program created to ensure that license candidates in the architecture profession gain the knowledge and skills required for the independent practice of architecture upon completion of the program. The update, realighed 17 experience areas into six areas:

  • Practice Management
  • Project Management
  • Programming & Analysis
  • Project Planning & Design
  • Project Development & Documentation
  • Construction & Evaluation


Use the NCARB interactive IDP Experience Calculator to explore how your existing recorded hours transfer to AXP.


One must complete the educational and training requirements to become a licensed architect. In most U.S. states, this training requirement is fulfilled by completing the IDP. The program is designed to take about three years and can begin prior to graduation when the appropriate requirements are fulfilled.

The IDP is offered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). Additional resources are also offered by The American Institute of Architects (AIA). To request an IDP information packet or to enroll, please visit the NCARB Web site.

Through AIA's Intern Development Program (IDP), mentors play a critical role in developing architects review and reflect on their work.

Become an Associate Member Today!

Associate AIA membership is open to individuals who meet one of the following criteria:

  • Professional degree in architecture (Recent graduate information)
  • Currently work under the supervision of an architect
  • Currently enrolled in the Intern Development Program (IDP) and working toward licensure
  • Faculty member in a university program in architecture
  • Join Today!


ARE & NCARB Record

Attention architectural interns, sponsors, advisors and mentors! Effective May 15, 2008, all candidates applying to take the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE) will be required to establish a record with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

Wisconsin applicants do not necessarily need to complete NCARB's Intern Development Program (IDP) or meet its education requirements, but you must establish a NCARB record and obtain a record number before the Wisconsin Department of Regulation & Licensing can authorize you to start taking the exam.

ARE Forum

ARE Forum is a resource for the learning community on the web with active users comprised of both practitioners in architecture and academics involved in research and teaching.

ARE Lending Library

AIA Wisconsin has established a lending library of Architect Registration Examination (ARE) study materials from Kaplan AEC Education that cover all sections of the ARE exam. The materials are available to Associate AIA members and can be checked out of the office for a period of 14 days.

For details, read the ARE Lending Library Policies (PDF). This PDF also includes the form necessary for participation. Contact AIA Wisconsin at (608) 257-8477 to confirm availability.

The Emerging Professional's Companion

The Emerging Professional's Companion is a online resource developed by the AIA and NCARB primarily for use by interns in gaining IDP credit. The Companion can also be used by educators, young architects, AIA components, and firms in a variety of ways to enhance or create new learning opportunities.

Intern Title: Wisconsin Rules

According to state administrative rule A-E 3.03(5), which became effective on June 1, 2003, individuals acquiring supervised experience in architectural work to become licensed as an architect in Wisconsin may use the title "architectural intern." Firms and interns are encouraged to make sure that titles used on business cards and in other marketing materials comply with state statutes and related administrative rules.

Only registered architects may use the title "architect." Titles for interns other than "architectural intern" that include "architect" or "architectural," such as "intern architect," "architectural designer" or "architectural technician," are prohibited by state law.


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