The AIBC provides two alternative paths to registration as an architect for those who do not qualify under reciprocity or mutual recognition agreements, or the Internship in Architecture Program. These programs are the Broadly Experienced Applicant (BEA) Program administered by the AIBC, and the Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) Program administered nationally by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB). These programs assess a candidate’s experience and acquired competencies against the Canadian Competency Matrix. The eligibility requirements for these two programs differ. The following chart may assist you to determine your best option for registration: Paths to Architectural Registration in the Province of B.C. (PDF)
Broadly Experienced Applicant (BEA) Program
Administered by the AIBC, the Broadly Experienced Applicant (BEA) Program recognizes persons working in the profession who either have not met the usual requirements for registration through education, experience and examination, or who have done so in jurisdictions not recognized in B.C. under a Mutual Recognition Agreement. Through the BEA Program the AIBC can test for equivalency and admit those people who can demonstrate they meet all of the standards for admission through alternatively obtained means.
The eligibility criteria to enroll in the AIBC’s BEA Program is based entirely on Section 37 of the Architects Act. Those who are interested in the program will need to demonstrate one of the following;
- 15 years of architectural work experience in an architectural firm or firms registered at the AIBC and holding a certificate of practice from the AIBC, or
- 15 years of architectural work experience in an architectural firm or firms outside of British Columbia, or
- 8 years practised as a qualified architect outside British Columbia.
It is not possible to combine any of these three experience categories — a person’s experience history must fall entirely within one category.
Please note that if you qualify for the Canadian Architectural Certification Board’s Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect Program (CACB BEFA) you will be directed to enroll in that program instead. In this case you will need to refer to that program for requirements.
BEA Program Requirements
Once enrolled in the program, a BEA applicant must successfully complete the following BEA Program requirements to the satisfaction of the registration board and qualifications committee in order to be recommended for registration to council:
- Successfully complete the Outcomes Based Assessment against the Canadian Competency Matrix, consisting of the following components:
- self-assessment on the forms provided by the AIBC;
- Oral Assessment by three qualified interviewers of the qualifications committee; and
- supporting portfolio of architectural work experience.
- Attend professional development courses, as per the Internship in Architecture Program.
- Obtain and report local and current architectural work experience, consisting of six months of experience under the direct supervision of an Architect AIBC, on a project located in British Columbia within last three years prior to submitting an application for registration.
- Successfully complete the Oral Review, as per the Internship in Architecture Program.
BEA Program Application
Application to the BEA Program requires of the following:
- Application Form (PDF)
- Photo ID Form (PDF)
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae: to demonstrate history of architectural work experience. Indicate name of architectural firm, location, dates of employment including month and year, projects and role.
- Letters of Nomination: submit at least two and up to five letters of nomination from architects registered at the AIBC. Letters should indicate how the nominating architect knows the applicant and for how long, an understanding of applicant’s work experience and knowledge of the practice of architecture, and a recommendation that the applicant be considered for registration as an architect at the AIBC.
- Payment Remittance Form (PDF) for the BEA Application fee [see Bulletin 1: Fees, Fines and Charges]
Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) Program
The Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) Program is a national initiative to facilitate the process for internationally-trained architects seeking to work in Canada. Administered by the Canadian Architecture Certification Board (CACB), the BEFA Program streamlines the licensing of internationally-trained architects through a standardized three-step process that includes a review of eligibility, an online assessment and an interview with registered architects. The BEFA Program was developed and piloted in British Columbia through the AIBC and is now in place for all 11 provincial and territorial architectural licensing authorities in Canada. Detailed information can be found on the CACB website.
The eligibility criteria to enroll in the CACB BEFA Program are the following;
- Provide proof of formal architectural education and completed architectural degree.
- Provide proof of registration as an architect in a foreign jurisdiction.
- Provide a resume or CV to demonstrate at least seven (7) years of post-registration/licensure experience in architecture within the last 10 years.
BEFA Program Requirements
Once enrolled in the BEFA program at the CACB, an applicant must successfully complete the following requirements:
- Successfully complete the Outcomes Based Assessment against the Canadian Competency Matrix, consisting of the following components on the forms provided by the CACB:
- Project Resume, providing an overview of architectural career, highlighting major projects with direct involvement and to linked to the 12 required major competencies areas;
- Self-Assessment using the CACB’s online tool;
- Panel Interview by three qualified interviewers; and
- Provide a supporting portfolio of architectural work experience.
- Obtain at least six months of relevant Canadian architectural work experience, providing exposure to the practice and regulatory requirements of architecture in Canada, by the time of your panel interview. This experience must be gained under the personal supervision and direction of a registered architect within the British Columbia province if you intend to be registered at the AIBC, and be current; to be gained within three years of the date scheduled for your panel interview.
Please contact the CACB directly for more information and to apply to this program.
Application for Registration
Once a candidate has completed either the BEFA or BEA programs, they may submit an application for registration as an architect at the AIBC.
Please contact the Registration & Licensing department at email@example.com for more information.