More Students Start the Path to Licensure

With more students starting the licensure process before graduation, we’re seeing a drop in the time it takes to complete the Intern Development Program (IDP).

According to NCARB’s data, most aspiring architects complete the IDP in just under five years, down from 5.5 years in 2013. Plus, the average ARE candidate takes 2.5 years to complete the exam.

In part, these trends can be traced to several program changes. Aspiring architects can now earn 50 percent credit for experience earned beyond six months and up to five years. Also, 49 U.S. jurisdictions allow candidates to start testing before they complete IDP (known as early eligibility). This increased flexibility has enabled aspiring architects to pursue licensure earlier in their careers.

We invite you to explore our data through the interactive charts below. For additional insight into the profession, download your copy of NCARB by the Numbers today! And let us know what you think on social media using #NBTN.