Canadian Architectural Certification Board
The Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) is the primary organization for architectural certification and accreditation in Canada. The CACB was established in 1976 by agreement between the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) and the Canadian Council of University Schools of Architecture (CCUSA). The CACB was created to assess and certify the academic qualifications of individuals holding a professional degree in architecture who intend to apply for registration with a Canadian jurisdiction.
The CACB’s mandate was revised in 1991 to include the responsibility for accrediting professional degree programs in Canadian university schools of architecture. Over the years it has also implemented the Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) Program. This program assesses the experience and knowledge of foreign-trained architects who have immigrated to Canada and want to continue to practice architecture.
Today, the CACB continues to receive its mandate from CALA and CCUSA:
- Certify educational qualifications of individual architectural graduates;
- Accredit professional architecture programs at Canadian universities;
- Certify professional qualifications of broadly experienced foreign architects; and
- Collaborate and conduct research, nationally and internationally, as it relates to architectural accreditation and academic certification.
For more information about the CACB, please visit their website.
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) is a national membership and advocacy body representing members, students, and affiliates of the architectural profession. The RAIC advocates for excellence in the built environment, provides practice support and continuing education for its membership, runs the Annual Festival of Architecture in Canada, and promotes the role of design in enhancing the quality of life for all.
For more information on the RAIC, please visit their website.
NOTE: The RAIC is not a regulatory body and cannot certify any person as an architect for the purpose of providing architectural services in Canada.