Architectural Experience Program (AXP) - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- When can I begin earning AXP credit?
You can earn AXP credit once you have successfully established one of the following: 1) enrollment in a NAAB/CACB-accredited degree program; 2) enrollment in a pre-professional architecture degree program at a school that offers a NAAB/CACB-accredited degree program; or 3) employment in experience setting A after obtaining a US high school diploma, General Education Degree (GED) equivalent, or comparable foreign degree.
- Do I have to complete the AXP requirement
before I can be eligible to take the Architect Registration Examination (ARE)?
No. In California, candidates are allowed to take the ARE upon verification of five years of education and/or work experience credit, as evaluated by the Board and enrollment in the AXP. However, most other states require candidates to have completed NCARB’s AXP prior to taking the ARE.
- I’m not currently eligible for the ARE, but I took some exams in the past for California. Will I have to complete the AXP requirement?
New and inactive candidates must complete the AXP requirement prior to becoming eligible for the California Supplemental Examination and licensure. A candidate is inactive when more than five years has passed since either they were determined eligible or since the last exam they took.
- How much does it cost to participate in the AXP?
AXP fees are determined by NCARB.
- If I complete the AXP requirement, does
that mean that I can get licensed in any other state or certified by NCARB?
Each state establishes its own licensing laws, as NCARB establishes its own certification requirements. You should contact the individual state directly to find out their licensing requirements or contact NCARB to find out their certification requirements.
- What happens when I have completed all of
NCARB’s minimum requirements for the
You will receive a message on your e-EVR home page when you have successfully completed the minimum requirements for the AXP.