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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).

CIDP 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 IDP, as well as enhancements made via the implementation of IDP 2.0, prompted the Board to re-evaluate the need for the continuance of CIDP last year.

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

The Board is in the process of revising its website content and other materials to reflect the discontinuance of the CIDP requirement.

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

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