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Comprehensive Intern Development Program (CIDP) - Important Note

Effective March 29, 2012, the Comprehensive Intern Development Program (CIDP) is no longer a requirement for licensure in California. The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ Intern Development Program (IDP) remains a requirement for California candidates (unless deemed exempt due to establishing candidate eligibility with the Board prior to 2005).

The CIDP requirement was originally developed and implemented as part of the Board’s structured internship requirement in 2005 as an IDP overlay program to focus on evidence-supported documentation of training and enhanced intern/supervisor interaction. Improvements to the IDP, as well as enhancements made via the implementation of the IDP 2.0, prompted the Board to re-evaluate the need for the continuance of the CIDP requirement last year.

At the Board’s June 16, 2011 meeting, the Board voted to discontinue the CIDP requirement. This action required codification of a regulatory amendment, which was effective March 29, 2012, with final approval by the Office of Administrative Law. This means candidates, who were in various stages of the examination/licensure process and who were previously required to complete the CIDP requirement as a condition of licensure, are no longer required to complete the program and submit CIDP Evidence Verification forms to the Board. Affected candidates were notified by the Board in April and those who are now eligible for the California Supplemental Examination (CSE) as a result of this change were mailed an application for the CSE.

The Board trusts that this regulatory change is evidence of its commitment to ensure an efficient licensure process.


Prior to licensure, the Board requires new candidates to complete the Intern Development Program (IDP) of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). To learn more about the IDP, utilize the helpful links listed on the right and visit this site periodically for updates on the IDP.