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LAST MINUTE Emerging Professionals Scholarship Opportunity

The Young Architects Forum has received two grants from the College of Fellows and the Large Firm Roundtable to provide 10 scholarships for emerging professionals to attend the pre-convention Mini MBA workshop on Wednesday May 13 in Atlanta from 1-5pm. The Mini MBA workshop is now in its second year and is a great way to develop business leadership skills by working with CEOs from the AIA Large Firm Roundtable. More information and the list of speakers is here. The deadline to apply for scholarships is tomorrow Friday April 17 at midnight. To apply, enter your information in the brief […]

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NCARB Board Approves Streamlining and Overhauling of the Intern Development Program (IDP)

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has voted to approve significant changes that will streamline and overhaul the Intern Development Program (IDP), which most states require to satisfy experience requirements for initial licensure as an architect. The changes will only be applicable where adoption has occurred by individual jurisdictional licensing boards. The changes will be implemented in two phases. The first will streamline theprogram by focusing on the IDP’s core requirements and removing its elective requirements. The second phase will condense the 17 current experience areas into six practice-based categories that will also correspond with the divisions tested in the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). NCARB […]

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NCARB Board Amends Intern Development Program

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) voted to approve two significant changes that will streamline and overhaul the Intern Development Program (IDP). Phase One focuses only on the IDP’s core requirements by removing the required 1,860 elective hours. Once implemented in mid-2015, interns will have to complete 3,740 hours, instead of the current requirement of 5,600 hours. The board estimates that the average intern now takes over seven years to obtain licensure (five years to complete the mandatory IDP hours and another 2.2 years to pass the licensing exam). With the elimination of elective hours, the average intern will need an […]

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Reminder: Shortened ARE Retake Policy Goes Into Effect October 1, 2014

Beginning October 1, 2014, candidates who have failed a division of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) will be able to retake the division as soon as 60 days after the previous attempt and up to three times in a running year.   Candidates who have recently failed a division of the ARE may want to wait to schedule their retake until after October 1 to take advantage of the new policy, as this change will be applied to all new exam eligibilities and those not already used to schedule an appointment. Any retakes scheduled before October 1 will be subject to […]

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Excerpt from the AIA Arkansas Associate Newsletter

Thank you all for your support of the Arkansas AIA. As we march toward the convention, only weeks away, I wanted to update you on some associate news as well as highlight this year’s associate session. As you sign up for the convention, we want you to join us on Thursday October 16 from 1:30-3:45 for Mike Harbour presenting “The 360 Degree Leader”. This lecture will give us tools and insights on what leadership is, what it is not and why it is important. The attendees will learn how to lead themselves and others, at all levels of an organization. […]

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