The Internship in Architecture Program (IAP) has been established by the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) to maintain a program of architectural registration/licensing in Canada that is both meaningful and effective. The IAP is intended as a catalyst for improving the profession, by increasing effective communication between architects and prospective members of their profession. To become registered/licensed in Canada, a person must demonstrate competency and qualifications to provide architectural services to the public.
An Intern Architect has graduated with a professional degree/diploma in architecture and is continuing on the path to becoming an architect by joining a provincial or territorial architectural regulatory association. They have completed the first component (i.e. education) along the roadmap to licensure, and the IAP program provides the means to fulfill the Experience Requirement. To derive the maximum benefit from the program, Interns must remain in the IAP while (1) experience is being gained and recorded, and (2) examinations are being written.
Each jurisdiction has a specific IAP application and documentation process. Prospective interns are encouraged to contact their provincial or territorial association for specific application details and to obtain a copy of the IAP Manual.