CIDP is No Longer a Requirement for Licensure in California

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Effective March 29, 2012, the Comprehensive Intern Development Program (CIDP) is no longer a requirement for licensure in California. The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ Intern Development Program (IDP) remains a requirement for California candidates (unless deemed exempt due to establishing candidate eligibility with the Board prior to 2005).

CIDP was originally developed and implemented as part of the Board’s structured internship requirement in 2005 as an IDP overlay program to focus on evidence-supported documentation of training and enhanced intern/supervisor interaction. Improvements to IDP, as well as enhancements made via the implementation of IDP 2.0, prompted the Board to re-evaluate the need for the continuance of CIDP last year.

On June 16, 2011, the CAB voted to eliminate CIDP, and, after approvals of various oversight bodies within state government, it became active. The result of this change is candidates who are in various stages of the examination/licensure process and who were previously required to complete CIDP as a condition of licensure no longer need to complete the program and submit CIDP Evidence Verification forms to the Board. Affected candidates will be notified by the Board in April, and those who are now eligible for the California Supplemental Examination (CSE) as a result of this change will be mailed an application for the CSE.

The AIACC actively participated in lobbying the CAB Board to discontinue CIDP. According to Kurt Cooknick, Assoc. AIA, AIACC Director of Regulation and Practice, “The AIACC is pleased with this outcome, as it is evidence of the CAB’s commitment to ensure an efficient licensure process.”

The CAB is in the process of revising its website content and other materials to reflect the discontinuance of the CIDP requirement.

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Nicki Dennis Stephens

Nicki Dennis Stephens is the Senior Director for The American Institute of Architects, California Council. Focusing on expanding the value of architects and architecture, Nicki is dedicated to serving the needs of members and AIA components throughout California.

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