There are a variety of ways in which students can earn Practice hours. In addition to pursuing work at a professional design firm or related setting, students may also establish Practice hours and experience by participating in a Gateway Project, or through Independent Practice, Design Competitions, and Travel-based Hours. At the end of each academic semester, students must report their hours and register employment for the next semester.
Online Reporting Tool and FAQs
What is the Online Reporting Tool?
The Online Reporting Tool is the web portal through which students are able to submit their Practice Reports (with worked hours) and Practice Registration form (with their employer's information). Read the following tutorial [PDF] for instructions on how to use the Online Reporting Tool to submit Practice Reporting and Registration forms.
Online Reporting FAQs
What forms do I need to submit to lift my Practice Stop for registration?
You need to submit at least one Practice Report form and one Practice Registration form by the submission deadline.
How can I submit my Practice forms?
- Email your forms in PDF file [10 MB limit] to email@example.com (*recommended) or
- Drop your forms off in person to the Practice Department, located on the 3rd floor of 320 Newbury Street. (Please make a copy of your signed forms for your records.) or
- Mail forms to: Boston Architectural College, Practice Department - 3rd floor, 320 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02115. (Please get a tracking number from the post office and make a copy of your signed forms for your records.)
How do I know if my information was received by the Practice Department?
After you click 'submit' you will receive an email from the Practice Department with a confirmation number and a notification that your information has been received.
Why do I still have a Practice Stop on my account when I have already submitted my forms by the submission deadline?
Due to a high volume of submissions, Practice Stops will not be lifted until one week after the submission deadline.
How often do I need to submit these forms?
You will need to submit a Practice Report and Practice Registration form at least twice per year -- once, at the end of the Fall Reporting Period and once, at the end of the Spring Reporting Period.
How do I complete the forms if I worked multiple jobs?
You will need to complete one form for each job.
What is the total number of hours allowed for each reporting period?
The Fall Reporting Period is always 19 weeks. The total number of hours allowed for this reporting period is 855 Practice Hours (45 hours per week).
The Spring Reporting Period is always 33 weeks. The total number of hours allowed for this reporting period is 1485 Practice Hours (45 hours per week).
I have exceeded the total hour limit for this reporting period. What further documentation would I need to present for my hours to be accepted?
Exceeding the total hour limit tells us that you have worked on average more than 45 hours per week during this reporting period. In order for us to add your Practice hours to your transcript we may ask that you provide further documentation. This means you will need to submit a signed letter from your supervisor(s) confirming that the hours you have submitted are correct for this reporting period.
Types of Practice Forms
The Practice Reporting and Registration forms allow the Practice department to record the employment status of each student for the previous and upcoming semesters. There are two main Practice forms:
- Practice Report: This form is used to record your employment status and the hours you have worked.
- Practice Registration: This form is used to record where you will work in the upcoming semester. The Practice Registration form is completed either at the start of a new job, or at the end of the semester, so that the department can register new employer information.
When do students need to submit Practice forms?
- Practice forms must be submitted based on the reporting period.
At the end of each reporting period, which is normally aligned with the end of each semester, students must report their hours to the Practice Department using the Online Practice Reporting Tool, which requires students to submit information on two forms: at least one Practice Report and at least one Practice Registration Form.
The Practice Report lets the department know what students have accomplished in terms of Practice hours in the previous semester; the Practice Registration Form lets the department know where students will be working in the upcoming semester. Both forms must be completed and submitted to the Practice Department at the end of each semester in order for the student to be able to register for classes the next semester.
On the Practice Report, hours are reported in the categories specific to each student's program [see the Student Learning Contracts for more information]. Students can check this list to learn what settings are design-related and approved for submitting Practice hours. Note that hours accepted by the BAC and the Practice Department may or may not be approved by NCARB or NCIDQ for Arch and ID licensure. [Learn more about licensure requirements here.]
- If a student has not been working in a design-related setting, s/he must still complete the Practice Report and choose the "no" option when asked if s/he will be reporting Practice hours worked. After selecting "no," follow the remaining steps on the form.
- Practice forms must be submitted in order for Practice (Registration) Stops to be lifted.
- If a student is employed in more than one setting, s/he must submit a separate Practice Report and Registration Form for each job worked.
- Students must have Independent Practice, Design Competition, or Travel Hours approved by a Practice staff member before registering for and/or reporting these hours. For more information, see Alternative Practice Options.
- Practice forms must be submitted according to the employment period.
If a student changes or quits a job any time prior to the end of each reporting period (normally around the end of each semester), s/he must submit:
- Practice Report, with the hours earned up to that point, and
- Registration Form (only if s/he plans to work for a new employer right away).