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Architectural Experience Program (AXP)

The Architectural Experience Program (AXP) is the nationally recognized training program for architectural interns. AXP is administered and maintained by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

AXP requires the compilation and maintenance of a record of internship activity reflecting a structured exposure to 96 tasks in six experience areas of architectural practice.

AXP Objectives:

  • Define areas of architectural practice in which interns should acquire basic knowledge and skills
  • Encourage additional training in the broad aspects of architectural practice
  • Provide the highest quality information and advice about educational, internship, and professional issues and opportunities
  • Provide a uniform system for documentation and periodic assessment of internship activity
  • Provide greater access to educational opportunities designed to enrich training

Most jurisdictions require completion of AXP for initial state licensure. NCARB requires AXP for NCARB certification.

AXP Credit

The Board grants a maximum of five years of education or work experience credit to candidates who have completed AXP.

To obtain credit for completion of AXP, you must have your AXP Council Record transmitted by NCARB directly to the Board for evaluation.

AXP Resources

More information about AXP can be found in the AXP Guidelines (PDF, 801K) available on the NCARB website.