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  • free 18-month AIA membership for new grads

  • opportunities to participate in NCARB's Architectural Experience Program (AXP) and earn experience hours - fulfilling a AIA Learning Unit or a Continuing Education Unit is counted as 1 AXP experience hour

  • a peer network with group study opportunities through your local AIA chapter

  • an AIA transcript to track your NCARB AXP hours

  • support preparing for the Architect Registration Exam (ARE) including study guides, test prep and a scholarship


First thing’s first: Start your NCARB record.


The National Council of Architectural Registration Board's (NCARB) Architectural Experience Program (AXP), formerly the Intern Development Program (IDP), prepares you for a successful career in architecture.

After you establish your NCARB record, use your AIA transcript to track your AXP experience hours.


AIA Continuing Education courses can be used for some of your elective AXP hours. 1 AIA HSW Learning Unit or Continuing Education Unit equals 1 AXP experience hour.  For helpful information about the AXP program, visit


Planning to take the Architecture Registration Examination (ARE)?


You must complete an application with the State of Illinois prior to taking the ARE.

Emerge by AIAU provides emerging professionals with online video-based education courses for HSW credit, supplying knowledge that is not always available at firms on a number of topics including economics, ethics, and sustainability. Emerge by AIAU is free for Assoc. AIA members. AIA members receive a discounted price of $25.

Brightwood Architecture Education (formerly Kaplan) provides ARE 5.0 Study Guides and exam prep materials can put you on the fast track to success in preparing you for the new ARE 5.0 exam. A new portal is coming soon.

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