from Chapter 1, 2002-2003 NCARB Handbook for Interns
1. Good Character
You must be of good character
as verified by employers and an NCARB member board where you
You must hold a professional degree in architecture from
a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting
Board (NAAB) or the Canadian Architectural Certification Board
(CACB) no later than two years after your graduation, or hold
a professional degree in architecture, certified by the CACB,
from a Canadian university.
ALTERNATIVE TO A PROFESSIONAL DEGREE
If you do not hold a professional degree, NCARB will accept
either of the following:
Satisfaction of NCARB's
Broadly Experienced Architect standard, which permits
an architect, holding a registration from an NCARB
Member Board and having verified experience in comprehensive
architectural practice over a prescribed number of
years, to demonstrate that his or her professional
experience satisfies all his or her education deficiencies.
With respect to applicants
with a degree in the field of architecture granted by
an academic institution outside the U.S. and Canada, an
EESA-NCARB evaluation report stating that you have met
the NCARB Education Requirement.
See the NCARB
Education Standard for details on how to meet these
You must satisfy the Intern
Development Program (IDP) Training Requirement described
here and earn a total of 700 Training Units. One Training
Unit equals eight hours of acceptable activity in an acceptable
work setting. This chart
lists the training categories, training areas, and minimum
Training Units for each.
You may earn Training Units in the following work settings:
A. Training under the direct supervision of a registered
architect and when the architectural practice in which you
work (a) is in the charge of a person practicing as
a principal and (b) encompasses the comprehensive practice
of architecture including each of the categories found in
the IDP Training Requirements. A minimum of 235 Training Units
must be earned in this work setting.
B. Training under the direct supervision of a registered
architect when the practice in which you work does not encompass
the comprehensive practice of architecture including each
of the categories found in the IDP Training Requirements.
C. Training in a firm engaged in the practice of architecture
outside the U.S. or Canada if you are under the direct supervision
of a person practicing architecture who is neither registered
in a U.S. Jurisdiction nor in a Canadian jurisdiction.
D. Training directly related to architecture when under
the direct supervision of a registered landscape architect
or a registered engineer (practicing as a structural, civil,
mechanical, or electrical engineer in the field of building
E. Training in settings other than A, B, C, or D involving
the design or construction of the built environment (such
as analysis of existing buildings, planning, programming,
design of interior space, review of technical submissions,
engaging in building construction activities, and the like)
when you are under the direct supervision of a person experienced
in the activity.
F. A post-professional degree in architecture, or full-time
teaching or research in an NAAB- or CACB-accredited program.
FF. Performing professional or community service when
not in the settings described in A, B, C, D, E, or F.
These are the limitations on
Training Units you may earn in each setting:
G. To satisfy Design & Construction Documents,
Training Units (including Units earned from supplementary
education) must be earned in the work settings described in
A, B, or C.
H. Training Units earned in the work setting described
in B may be used to satisfy any of the IDP Training Requirement,
but no more than 465 Units may be earned in that work setting.
I. No more than 235 Training Units may be earned in
the work setting described in C. No credit will be granted
for foreign training other than under the direct supervision
of a person practicing architecture.
J. Training Units earned in the work setting described
in D may only be used to satisfy the requirements for Construction
Contract Administration, Management, and Related Activities,
but no more than 235 Training Units may be earned in that
K. Training Units earned
in the work setting described in E may only be used to satisfy
Management and Related Activities, but no more than 117 Units
may be earned in that work setting.
L. Training Units earned for teaching and research
in the work setting described in F may only be used to satisfy
Related Activities, but no more than 245 Training Units may
be earned in that work setting.
M. A post-professional degree in architecture earned
before July 1, 2002 qualifies for 235 Training Units under
Related Activities. A post-professional degree in architecture
earned on or after July 1, 2002 qualifies for 117 Training
Units under Related Activities. Your credit hours must be
in subjects evaluated by NCARB as directly related to architecture.
N. You may earn Training Units by completing one or
more supplementary education programs approved by NCARB. Credit
for such programs shall be in accordance with a table of credits
established by NCARB. See IDP Guidelines. Supplementary education
cannot be used to satisfy the minimum Training Units required
in any category of the IDP Training Requirement. The Training
Units that may be earned under this paragraph and under paragraph
M may not exceed 235 Units in the aggregate. (See IDP
NN. No more than 10 Training Units may be earned in
the work setting described in FF.
This is when you may earn Training Units:
O. Training Units may be earned only after satisfactory
completion of any one of the following:
1) three years in
an NAAB-accredited professional degree program;
2) the third year of a four-year pre-professional
degree program in architecture accepted for direct entry
to a two-year NAAB-accredited professional master's degree
3) one year in a NAAB-accredited professional master's
degree program following receipt of a nonprofessional degree;
4) 96 semester credit hours as evaluated in accordance
with the NCARB Education Standard, of which no more
than 60 hours can be in the general education category;
5) a number of years equivalent to the periods set
out in clauses 1), 2), or 3) above, in a CACB-accredited
professional degree program.
Note that 32 semester credit hours or 48 quarter credit
hours equal one year in an academic program.
P. To earn Training
Units in any work setting other than F (a post-professional
degree or teaching or research), you must work at least 35
hours per week for a minimum period of 10 consecutive weeks,
or work at least 20 hours per week for six or more consecutive
months. To earn Training Units for teaching or research, you
must be employed on a full-time basis.
Q. No experience used to
meet the Education Requirement may be used to earn Training
Every training activity, the setting in which it took place,
and the time devoted to the activity must be verified by a
responsible person who supervised your activity.
R. If the person verifying the training activity is
not a registered architect, the work setting will not qualify
under A or B.
S. If the person verifying the training
activity is not a practicing architect, the work setting will
not qualify under C.
T. If the person verifying the training activity is
not a registered engineer or a registered landscape architect,
the work setting will not qualify under D.
U. If you were at the time of the activity already
a registered architect and not under the supervision of another,
the verification must be by a person who observed the activity
and who was your partner or a person employed by the same
employer as employed you. Under no circumstances may you
verify your own training activity.
UU. To earn Training Units in settings A through
E if you were not an employee of the organization in which
you received your training, you must submit evidence that
you were nonetheless working under the direct supervision
of the person overseeing your work.
V. A "registered architect" is a person registered
to practice architecture in the jurisdiction in which he/she
W. A person practices as a "principal" by
being (a) a registered architect and (b) the person in charge
of the organization's architectural practice, either alone
or with other registered architects.
X. "Direct Supervision" means that degree
of supervision by a person overseeing the work of another,
where both perform their work in the same office, where personal
contact is routine, and whereby the supervisor has both control
over and detailed professional knowledge of the work prepared
under his/her supervision.
Y. "Training Unit" means eight hours of acceptable
work in an acceptable work setting.
ALTERNATIVE TO IDP TRAINING
Z. In lieu of satisfying the IDP Training Requirement,
NCARB will accept any one of the following:
1) Registration by an NCARB member
board for five consecutive years and submission of evidence
satisfactory to NCARB showing that your practice included
exposure to each of the IDP Training Areas.
2) Five years of foreign experience as a principal
in an organization whose architectural practice encompasses
the comprehensive practice of architecture including each
category found in the IDP Training Requirement and submission
of evidence satisfactory to NCARB showing that your experience
included exposure to each of the IDP Training Areas.
3) Registration by an NCARB member board before July
1, 1996, and satisfaction before or after that date of the
NCARB training requirements existing
on June 30, 1996.
4) Satisfaction on or before June 30, 1996 of the
NCARB training requirements existing
on June 30, 1996;
5) Satisfactory completion of the Canadian Intern
You must have passed either the NCARB Architect Registration
Examination (ARE); or the NCARB Professional Examination,
including either the Qualifying Test or the Equivalency Examination,
when required by NCARB standards; or the NCARB examination
syllabus, provided such examinations and the pass/fail standards
applied were in accordance with NCARB standards current at
the time you took the examination.
ALTERNATIVE TO EXAMINATION REQUIREMENT
If you fail to meet the examination requirement, you may still
be certified in the following circumstances:
- If your examination deficiency arose
from causes other than having failed a division of an examination
under applicable NCARB pass/fail standards, and the deficiency
is, in NCARB's judgment, compensated for by your demonstration
of competency in the deficient area.
- If your registration was based in whole or
in part on having passed sections of the California Architect
Licensing Examination (CALE) between 1987 and 1989, you
are deemed to have passed the corresponding divisions of
You must hold a current registration to practice architecture
issued by an NCARB member board.
In evaluating qualifications, NCARB may, prior to certification,
require you to substantiate the quality and character of your
experience, even if you have met the technical requirements
set forth above.