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IDP Tools for Firms & Supervisors

The AIA has compiled this list of resources for firms and supervisors who seek to support emerging professionals in their firms. If you would like to make suggestions of other resources to be included in this listing please e-mail



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AIA Member Services – Associate Membership
Learn about Associate AIA membership for interns on the path to licensure and alternative career professionals.

AIA Member Services – Free Associate Membership for New Graduates
New graduates of NAAB-accredited programs of architecture receive complimentary membership with the AIA at the Associate level for up to 18 months after graduation.

AIA/NCARB Internship & Career Survey
Since 2003, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) have jointly commissioned a survey of interns in order to highlight trends, document recent history, and determine the present state of architectural internship, registration, and professional development.

ARE Scholarship
The Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship recognizes the significant contributions of interns at early stages in their careers and encourages them to complete the licensure process by defraying costs associated with the Architect Registration Examination.

Become an IDP Mentor
Enlist architects at your firm to mentor IDP interns through this free service.

Find your local AIA component
Your local AIA component can help you further with working with interns and other emerging professionals. This list will help you locate your local chapter.

Mentoring Best Practices
AIA Best Practices in mentoring at all stages of the profession.

IDP Information

Find an Architect Licensing Advisor
Information on Architect Licensing Advisors. These individuals are responsible for the dissemination of up-to-date information on IDP. Sign your firm's IDP go-to person up to be an Auxiliary Coordinator.

Find an IDP Mentor
Interns can locate IDP mentors through resources listed on this page.

IDP Firm Awards Program
The AIA and NCARB recognizes firms from across the country who actively embrace the Intern Development Program and demonstrate their commitment by making the path to licensure an integral part of the firm’s culture through the IDP Firm Awards program.

ARE Information

ARE Information
Information, resources, and practice tests for the ARE from the source – NCARB.

ARE Forum is a resource for the learning community on the Web with active users comprised of both practitioners in architecture and academics involved in research and teaching. The forum is free and should be used with discretion.

ARE Coach Forum
The ARE Coach’s Forum is an online discussion board for ARE Candidates to explore information in regards to exam preparation. The forum is free and should be used with discretion.

ARE Support from the AIA
Support for ARE Candidates from the AIA.

NCARB Resources

NCARB Certification

Resources for Supervisors and Mentors: Documents

Supervisors and Mentors Information

Working with an Intern

Additional Resources

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Introduction on the steps to becoming an architect.

Construction Specifications Institute Certification
CSI professional credentials are recognized throughout the industry as evidence of a proven level of education, knowledge and experience in construction documents. These credentials demonstrate professional commitment, credibility and reliability to employers, colleagues and clients.

Employment Status Best Practice
A particularly helpful Best Practice for firms in relation to emerging professionals.

Employee Work Status: Exempt or Non-Exempt
A Best Practice on determining where your interns should stand in relation to their wage status.

U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division’s Web site
The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is responsible for administering and enforcing some of our nation’s most comprehensive labor laws, including: the minimum wage, overtime, and child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA); worker protections provided in several temporary visa programs; and the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) and the Service Contract Act (SCA).

USGBC LEED Credentials
LEED Professional Accreditation distinguishes building professionals with the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the integrated design and LEED certification process. LEED Accredited Professionals have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and familiarity with LEED requirements, resources, and processes.

State Labor Department Listing
Find information from your state's labor department.


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