Many people contribute to a successful IDP experience, from clients to architects. These people have specific roles in the experience:
Interns: People who are working toward meeting a registration board’s training requirements; that is people who have met the academic and professional requirements for starting the IDP program and are now working toward their architecture license. Download the most recent NCARB IDP Guidelines here.
Supervisors and Firms: Registered architects with interns working under their direct supervision. Learn more about the role of IDP Supervisors and Mentors and download the Supervisor Guidelines via NCARB’s website here.
Mentors: Registered architects committed to meeting periodically with interns and reviewing their training progress. Learn how to become a mentor.
You can begin earning IDP credit while enrolled in architecture school or once you are working in an architecture firm. Once you have established when you can start, you can follow five easy steps to participate.
An essential part of the Intern Development Program (IDP) requires interns to complete experience reports that document their experience in specific areas and have them certified by their supervisors. Understanding how to document experience is an essential component to successful completion of the IDP.
Supervisors and Mentors are an integral part of the IDP process. Their knowledge, guidance, and support are invaluable to the development of an intern and add to the long-term quality of the profession.
The Architect Licensing Advisors Community (formerly the IDP Coordinators Program) exists to facilitate the flow of information to architecture students, interns, and architects about licensure and reciprocity. NCARB develops and improves resources for the advisors regarding all NCARB programs, while the American Institute Architects (AIA) facilitates training related to their programs such as mentorship.