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Changes to IDP

In hopes of increasing efficiency, NCARB will begin making changes to the Intern Development Program
(IDP) by no longer requiring the completion of elective hours which were used previously by interns to
fulfill their 5,600 hour requirement.

There will be two phases to this streamlining process.

Phase 1 (July 1, 2015):
■ IDP will require 3,740 total hours defined by the existing 17 experience areas.
■ Focus will be more on core hours required (i.e. tasks necessary to perform competently in the
practice of architecture).

Core Experience Areas Required Hours
1. Pre-Design 260
2. Design 2600
3. Project Management 720
4. Practice Management 160
Total = 3,740
Supplemental Experience Opportunities may be used to satisfy the core minimum hours required in each
experience area. You may earn a maximum of 40 core hours in each of the IDP experience areas by completing any combination of the following NCARB-recognized supplemental experience opportunities:
■ Emerging Professional’s Companion (EPC)
■ NCARB’s Professional Conduct Monograph
■ CSI Certification: CCS & CCCA
■ Community-Based Design Center/Collaborative
■ Design Competitions
■Site Visit With Mentor
Reporting Requirements:
■ Report all experiences within eight months through My NCARB for credit.
■ Even if you’re currently earning elective hours, report them.
■ Experience reported after two-month filing period and up to five years after the date of the expe
rience will be accepted at a reduced value of 50% toward IDP requirements.
Why the change
■ There isn’t any statistical evidence that elective hours increase competency.
■ One hour of IDP experience today is not the same as it was five or 10 years ago.
■ Current practice of architecture involves a greater variety of activities, building types, practice
types, and projects than ever before. This change captures the “big picture” by allowing the interns to more freely explore learning opportunities within the office or on a particular project.
■ Encourages a focus on the experience rather than the program itself.

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