According to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), The National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) is proposing an update to the Intern Development Program (IDP), which will capture formerly unacceptable experience older than five years. Currently, experience gained longer than five years ago is only able to be reported for experience, but not for credit. (Experience between 5 years ago and 8 months prior to the current experience is accepted at a reduced value of 50% towards the IDP requirements, with full credit for experience reported within 8 mos. of the experience date).
This new proposal will allow the candidates to document experience older than five years for careful review with the candidate’s existing experience supervisor or mentor, who will review the experience. The supervisor/mentor will need to affirm the competency of the experience to NCARB. An automated e-portfolio system, like ProjectDox, will be used to validate the experience. Besides the obvious time savings by using an e-portfolio system for submission, according to the DCRA another benefit is that “ProjectDox eliminates the cost of paper, including the cost to print blueprints and documents. Since most paper comes from trees and has to be shipped via vehicles using fossil fuels, ProjectDox helps to preserve the environment by reducing deforestation and green-house gas emissions through a measurable reduction of paper delivery, paper storage and retrieval.” Great news for the environment and great news for interns, especially for those interns that took time off to raise a family, or were gaining interesting life experiences out of the architecture field for an extended period of time.