New York has certain experience requirements that differ from NCARB’s requirements. It is your responsibility to read and understand New York's experience requirements.
All experience must be appropriately documented and verified. For applicants seeking initial licensure, documentation of completion of the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®), or its predecessor, the Intern Development Program (IDP), is required. For applicants seeking licensure via the NCARB Certificate, documentation of completion of the Architectural Experience Program® (AXP®), or its predecessor, the Intern Development Program (IDP), is required if the applicant was initially licensed on or after September 1, 1999. Applicants must also meet all of New York’s experience requirements.
All experience earned must be at least one month in duration, and one year of architectural work experience is defined as an aggregate total of 12 calendar months of full-time employment. Full-time employment is defined as at least 35 hours of experience earned per week. Any portion of the experience requirement may be completed during periods of time that are not concurrent with full-time attendance at an institution of higher education. The Board may award prorated credit for part-time work, provided it meets New York’s experience requirements.
All experience must be of a scope and nature satisfactory to the State Board for Architecture (State Board), and all experience must be lawful in nature for the experience to count towards New York’s requirements. Generally, if experience was obtained at a company that the State Board deems not to be lawful in nature, the experience will not be awarded any credit towards New York’s licensure requirements, even if NCARB accepts it towards completion of the AXP® requirements. The State Board determines the amount of credit to be awarded. Work experience need not necessarily occur in New York for it to be considered towards the experience requirement.
Please Note: Experience obtained in any work setting as a consultant or contract worker to an architecture firm, or work at your own “design or drafting firm” is generally not given any credit towards the experience requirement for licensure in New York.
New York splits work experience into two categories (Category I or Category J) as noted below:
One unit of credit for each year of diversified experience in appropriate architectural work under the direct supervision of a lawfully practicing architect may be awarded by the State Board.
Maximum credit granted: 12 units
If an applicant’s experience to be considered in Category I was obtained at an architectural firm located in New York or for an out-of-state entity offering architectural services in New York, please be advised that only certain entities that have current filings may lawfully offer architectural services in New York. These include:
- Sole proprietorship, where the sole proprietor is a registered architect in New York
- Professional partnership, where all Partners are registered architects in New York
- Professional Service Corporation (PC)
- Design Professional Service Corporation (DPC)
- Professional Service Limited Liability Company (PLLC)
- Registered Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
- Grandfathered Corporation
With few exceptions, these are the only entities authorized to provide, or offer to provide, architectural services in New York. General Business Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Professional Associations (PA), and Limited Companies (LTD) are not permitted to offer architectural services in New York. Please see this document for more detail on permissible corporate entities.
- For applicants in Category A, a total of at least eight years of education and experience is required in order to obtain 12 units of credit.
- Applicants who are awarded 9 units of educational credit and applicants in Category B must document at least two years of experience in Category I.
- Applicants in Category C must document at least four years of experience in Category I.
- Applicants in Categories D, G, and H must document the majority of their experience in Category I.
One unit of credit for each year of lawful experience in appropriate work related to architecture may be awarded by the State Board.
Maximum credit granted: 0 - 5 units, depending upon the education credit award
This may include work in the following areas:
- a professional engineer’s office
- a government agency related to architectural practice
- a construction manager or contractor's office (or field)
- a related design discipline, such as landscape architecture, interior design
- teaching required courses in an NAAB-accredited architectural program (credit is based on the proportion of a full teaching load). Supplementary documentation is required for teaching.
- conducting or participating in structured research on architectural problems, culminating in a report, subject to Board approval. Supplementary documentation is required for structured research.
In determining credit for experience gained in Category J, the quality and nature of experience must be appropriately related to that gained in an architectural office engaged in diversified practice and any experience gained must be lawful.