Architectural Experience Program™ (AXP™)
Welcome to the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) webpage. This page is designed to provide a framework to guide you through gaining and recording your professional experience. Developed by NCARB, the program is required by most U.S. jurisdictions and is a key step on the path to earning a license.
Through the AXP, you'll learn how to safely and competently handle the scenarios you’ll face as an architect. With broad experience areas that reflect the phases of practice, the program prepares you for everything from site design to project management. CLICK HERE for more information about the AXP.
When you're ready, visit the Architect's Registration Exam (ARE) webpage for more information on taking, and passing, the ARE exam.
Florida Registration Board Requirements
CLICK HERE to view the Florida requirements for licensure.
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AIA Florida Mentorship Toolkit
CLICK HEREto review and reference the toolkit
Florida's Architect Licensing Advisor
Linaea Floden, AIA,NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
Gresham, Smith and Partners
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Educator advisors are appointed by the dean of each NAAB-accredited architecture school. They are responsible for distributing information and providing guidance to students at their school on the AXP and the path to licensure.
You will need an active NCARB Record to participate in the Architectural Experience Program (AXP), take the Architect Registration Examination (ARE), have your Record transmitted to an architectural registration board for initial or reciprocal registration, and apply for and maintain an NCARB Certificate.
We work to keep our costs low for licensure candidates beginning their professional careers — which is why the fees for some programs and services increase after initial licensure.
- Application fee for licensure candidates:$100
Covers your initial application for an NCARB Record, maintains your active Record for one year, and includes one free Record transmittal to support your application for initial registration.
- Application fee for registered architects: $1,100
If you are already licensed in a U.S. jurisdiction, but have never held an NCARB Record, this application fee will cover the costs of evaluating your credentials for the NCARB Certificate. If you are approved for certification within 12 months of your application, your renewal date will be extended one year at no extra cost.
Please note: If you are registered in a country other than the United States, contact our Customer Relations team at (202) 879-0520 to get details on the application process.
- Annual renewal fee for licensure candidates:$85
Maintains your active Record for one year.
- Annual renewal fee for registered architects:$225
Maintains your active Record for one year.
- Lapsed Record
- Licensure candidate: $85annual renewal fee for each year or partial year lapsed, up to $185 (the cost of the application plus one annual renewal).
- Architect: $250 plus the cost of all outstanding annual renewal fees, up to $1,100
- Transmittal: $400
Includes one transmittal of your NCARB Record to a U.S., Canadian, or other foreign architectural registration authority.
- Paper processing fee: $20
Covers the additional cost of renewing your NCARB Record via paper form. To avoid this charge, renew your Record online through My NCARB.
Mentorship is the final piece of the architecture puzzle required to become a well-rounded professional in the field. It is as important who you choose to be your mentor as it is to choose where to go to college, and it needs to be viewed as such by both parties.
Getting your professional degree is an important task, but it can only get you to 50% of your total educational needs as an architect. Getting to 100% requires real life practice where you learn about the details and processes that you cannot go over in school. It is far too easy to learn bad habits if you do not have a qualified mentor assisting you along the way. When looking for that first internship it is essential to know who you are going to be working under and how they practice architecture. Look around your area for people who inspire you, and find time to talk with them. This is where networking and mentorship programs within the AIA are extremely important. It is imperative that the membership is active within their community so that they can encourage the up-and-coming architects and keep the talented people from leaving the area in order to seek inspirational fulfillment. A thriving architectural community is based upon making connections and fostering growth within the graduates coming into the workforce.
A note for the emerging professionals: Never hesitate to ask. One thing common to all great architects is they love talking about what they do. It is that passion that gets amazing projects built.
Trevor Boyle, Assoc. AIA
Associate Director at Large