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Architectural Experience Program 

IDP LogoThe Architectural Experience Program (formerly the Intern Development Program (IDP)) is a comprehensive program that contributes to the development of competent architects who can provide exemplary architectural services. The National Council for Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is responsible for establishing, interpreting and enforcing the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) and architectural training requirements. The objective of the AXP is to prepare intern architects for competent practice. The AXP training requirement establishes levels of training in important areas of architectural practice. The AXP is guided by the Advisory Committee, which includes AIA and NCARB representatives, including interns-at-large.


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 AXP training requirements and NCARB Council Record application procedures, visit the NCARB web site, email NCARB Customer Service, or call NCARB Customer Service at (202) 879-0520. 

For additional information locally, contact the AIA Iowa Architect Licensing Adviser, James Spiller, AIA. Be sure to review the Program Guidelines to understand the rules and guidelines of this program

Emerging Professionals Companion

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 earn AXP credit, this resource also can 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 is updated for current practice models and expanded to include the varied paths that an intern or licensed architect may consider during his or her career in architecture. 


Emerging Professionals Breakfast

This event first began at the 2013 AIA Iowa Annual Convention as a means to engage Emerging Professionals on how to become involved with AIA Iowa. The event is now an annual event and a means to network with the leaders of AIA Iowa including the Board of Directors, Committee Chairs, and Section leadership.


Emerging Professionals Committee

Co-Chair: Joe Copley, AIA
Co-Chair & Board Liaison: Hoang Tran, Assoc. AIA
The purpose of the AIA Iowa Emerging Professionals Committee is to support Associate AIA members and AIA members licensed to practice architecture for fewer than 10 years through mentorship, guidance, information, and a network for intellectual and social interaction. Included in this committee are champions for initiatives such as the Architectural Experience Program (AXP), Emerging Professionals Display & Competition and Breakfast at the AIA Iowa Convention, and Mentorship. Also included in this committee are efforts towards Diversity and Inclusion led by Jesus "Chucho" Loria Quijano, AIA and Gladys Petersen, Assoc. AIA, the purpose of this initiative is to explore and address relevant issues related to diversity within the Iowa architectural community, and make recommendations toward and actively assist in the development of programs and initiatives that foster and sustain cultural breadth and inclusion.

ARE Licensure 

The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) assesses candidates for their knowledge, skills, and ability to provide the various services required in the practice of architecture. The ARE is the only examination prepared by NCARB and has been adopted for use by all 54 U.S. member boards and the Canadian provincial architectural associations as the registration examination required of all candidates for architectural registration.

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Continuing education credit can be earned for any AIA CED accredited course. Interns may earn AXP Supplemental Experience hours by completing approved AIA Continuing Education programs. One AIA SEU/LU is equal to one AXP experience hour. When submitting to NCARB, LU's must be documented on the intern's AIA Transcript. All AIA Licensed Architects are offered transcripts through MyCES. Visit these links to learn more: 

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