To become an architect in Minnesota, you must satisfy:

  • An Education Requirement – an NAAB Accredited Professional Degree (B.ARCH. OR M.ARCH)
  • An Experience Requirement – through the Intern Development Program (IDP)
  • And an Examination Requirement –  the Architect Registration Examination (ARE)

IDP is a nationally recognized architectural internship program administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). It is required for becoming an architect in Minnesota. A basic overview of the IDP:

  • Many settings and various work conditions are accepted
  • 5,600 hours of experience is required; 3740 Core Hours in specific experience categories and 1860 Elective Hours
  • Minimum length is typically 3 years to complete
  • Interns must report their experience in periods of no longer than 6 months


For online details about the IDP requirements, visit NCARB/IDP.
For a user-friendly guide to the IDP requirements, refer to the IDP Guidelines.

How Does AIA Support IDP?

IDP/ARE Presentations at Firms or Schools

The AIA Minnesota IDP Committee makes presentations at firms to interns and mentors as well as at schools to architecture students. The presentation provides an overview of the IDP process and the ARE (Architect Registration Exam). To request a presentation at your firm or school, contact IDP State Coordinator Meg Parsons or AIA Minnesota staff liaison Deanna Christiansen.

AIA Emerging Professionals Companion

The Emerging Professional’s Companion is a free, online resource available to all AIA members. Interns, whether or not employed in qualified work settings, can earn up to 40 training hours toward the minimum Core Hours in each training area by completing qualified activities in the Emerging Professional’s Companion.

AIA Continuing Education

Attending AIA continuing education seminars is an approved means for gaining credit that can be applied towards IDP’s Elective Hours requirement.

IDP Contacts

• AIA Minnesota IDP Committee
• IDP State Coordinator, Meg Parsons, AIA
• IDP Educator Coordinator, Jim Lutz, AIA
NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards)