Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the AIBC will not be offering in-person delivery of the four mandatory courses required for registration by Intern Architects AIBC and Broadly Experienced Applicants (BEAs): Architect & the Law, BC Building Code, Construction Administration, and Ethics, Act & Bylaws.
The in-person delivery of these courses will resume once it is safe to do so, following the guidance of the appropriate health authorities. The AIBC continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and will provide further updates on the status of course delivery as soon as new information is available.
In the interim, we wanted to remind individuals, specifically anyone nearing the end of their registration process, of the following:
- Online courses are coming: In 2019, the AIBC was awarded a grant from the Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development & Competitiveness to adapt all four of the mandatory courses to an online and on-demand platform. Part of this project involves ensuring the same level of engagement is maintained in an online learning environment, as in-person. This would reflect the recent extensive redesign of the mandatory courses, which focused on increasing activity-based learning strategies. The project is already well underway, with online courses still anticipated to launch in the latter half of 2021.
- Temporary relaxation of Intern Architect AIBC/BEA/AT registration requirements: Completion of mandatory courses prior to the Oral Review will not be required as long as Intern Architects AIBC have satisfied the 2,800 requisite hours and BEAs have successfully completed their Oral Assessment. Architectural Technologist (AT) applicants who have met the AT education and experience requirements can sit the AT Exam prior to completing the Ethics, Act & Bylaws Once all other requirements have been met, an application for registration may be made with an undertaking that all outstanding course must be completed within one year of the courses becoming available.
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