AXP – formerly IDP, Intern Development Program

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 Architectural Experience Program (AXP)
  • And an Examination Requirement –  the Architect Registration Examination (ARE)
AXP is a nationally recognized architectural experience program administered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). It is required for becoming an architect in Minnesota. 


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

NCARB presents at the A’21 MN Conference

Jared N. Zurn, AIA, vice president, examination, a senior leadership team member for NCARB, presented “Navigating Licensure: NCARB, the ARE, and You” at the A’21 MN Conference on Architecture on November 11, 2021.
View the 90-minute presentation here.

How does AIA Minnesota support AXP?

AXP/ARE Presentations at Firms or Schools

The AIA Minnesota Architect Licensing Advisory Committee makes presentations at firms to licensing candidates and mentors as well as at schools to architecture students. The presentation provides an overview of the AXP process and the ARE (Architect Registration Exam). To request a presentation at your firm or school, contact AIA Minnesota Architect Licensing Advisor DJ Heinle, AIA, or AIA Minnesota staff Deanna Christiansen.

ARE 5.0 / Black Spectacles Tutorials

AIA Minnesota periodically offers discounted and partially subsidized, 3-month subscriptions. A minimum of ten registrants is required. Contact Deanna Christiansen to learn when the next subscription will be offered.

Those registered will have access to:

  • comprehensive content covering all sections of the exam
  • unlimited access to the entire library of ARE 5.0 courses
  • over 70 hours of video tutorials
  • built-in exam practice questions
  • interviews with working architects in their offices and construction sites

If you are interested in knowing more about Black Spectacles, click on this link to access free sample videos.

AIA Continuing Education

Attending AIA Health Safety Welfare (HSW) continuing education seminars is an approved means for gaining credit that can be applied for AXP credit.

Click here for AIA Minnesota seminars currently scheduled.

Click here to get information about AIA Minnesota’s annual state Convention at which more than 50 seminars are scheduled.

Firm contacts

Is there someone in your firm who can be our point of contact to receive AXP and ARE info? Click here for details and how to sign up. 

AXP contacts

• AIA Minnesota Architect Licensing Advisory Committee co-chairs,
Matt Wingard, Assoc. AIA and Gary Demele, FAIA
• AIA Minnesota Architect Licensing Advisor, DJ Heinle, AIA
• University of Minnesota Architect Licensing Educator Advisor, Mike Christensen, AIA
NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards)