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All credit earned for IDP must be approved by your supervisor and mentor before you can submit it to NCARB. Therefore, before you even begin to earn credit for the IDP, you must find an IDP mentor. For information on working with a mentor, see the “Working With A Mentor” section of NCARB's Web site. You can also learn more about becoming an IDP Mentor.
What is an IDP Mentor?
Your IDP Mentor is a licensed architect who preferably works outside of the firm in which you intern and will hopefully make a long-term commitment to your professional growth. Your mentor is responsible for certifying your completion of supplementary education activities and should offer suggestions for additional training and supplementary education activities. Mentors must be familiar with your state board's licensing requirements and the NCARB IDP Guidelines. However, your mentor does not need to be located near you or registered in the jurisdiction in which you are located. You can engage in mentoring in-person, via the internet or via phone. The AIA and NCARB recommend that interns meet with their mentors at least quarterly.
The mentoring relationship is only as strong as you make it. Useful tools and educational resources are available for IDP mentors on our "Mentorship" page. We especially recommend reading Mentoring Essentials for IDP Supervisors and Mentors for an overview of the IDP mentoring relationship.
Find an IDP Mentor
Your state and local AIA Component/Chapter or a state, educator, or auxiliary IDP Coordinator can assist you in locating a mentor. Just make contact and do not hesitate to ask for help! You can also find mentoring programs in your area. Connect with AIA members through online social networking.