Associate Benefits

Licensure and Mentorship

Architectural Experience Program and Architect’s Registration Examination Resources
Move more rapidly through the process of getting licensed with A.R.E. prep classes provided by the Emerging Professionals Committee. Free for Associate Members! Study for the exams with complimentary access to the A.R.E. library. Check-out materials for up to two weeks. Stop by the Center for Architecture to see what ‘s available – hours are 12 pm to 5 pm, Monday, and 9 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Friday. Check out National AIA’s Architectural Experience Program resources and the Architect’s Registration Examination resources.

Continuing Education and AXP Experience Hours
Associate AIA members and interns may earn IDP supplemental experience hours by completing approved AIA continuing education courses. One (1) AIA Learning Unit (LU) is equal to one (1) AXP supplemental experience hour. When submitting to NCARB, learning units must be documented on the intern’s AIA transcript. Associate members can access their AIA transcript by signing in to CES Discovery at

Mentorship through a series of AIA tools to help you be an effective mentor as well as to find one. These programs are a collaborative effort of the Institute’s national Mentoring Task Group and numerous contributors from within and outside the profession of architecture

Events, activities, support, and networking opportunities through your state and local AIA component—a way to develop leadership skills, network with professionals, and create greater visibility for the profession in your own community.

National Associate Committee programs, activities, and resources that ensure you have a strong voice within the AIA, including your subscription to the AIA AssociateNews and FORWARD email publications

Assoc. AIA credential with your name, signifying to colleagues and potential employers that you adhere to a professional code of ethics and share a common goal to build better places for people to live, work, and play.

AIA Career Center assistance to find internship and professional opportunities

The AIA is committed to enriching and supporting every phase of your career. The sooner you become a member, the sooner you will be able to experience everything that your professional association has to offer.