If you are an architect already registered in another jurisdiction outside British Columbia, you may be eligible to apply for registration with the AIBC under the terms of a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) (also known as reciprocity). The AIBC is committed to working with our counterparts in other jurisdictions to streamline cross-border registration and increase opportunities for architects.
The AIBC participates in a number of MRAs. These MRAs are formal agreements between architectural regulators in different jurisdictions to mutually recognize the architectural credentials and qualifications of their registrants, and to provide a path for them to obtain registration across participating jurisdictions.
This section provides information for architects registered outside of British Columbia who are looking to become registered with the AIBC. If you are an Architect AIBC and you are seeking registration/licensure in another jurisdiction, please see Professional Mobility.
Qualification requirements vary for each MRA; please review detailed information on how you may qualify for AIBC registration. If you are registered in a jurisdiction not covered by any of the MRAs described here, you may qualify for registration through Alternative Qualifications.
Registration with the AIBC under an MRA
If you are applying from another Canadian jurisdiction
If you are applying from the U.S. or Mexico
If you are an APEC registered architect from Australia or New Zealand
If you are applying from the European Union/member states
Application Submission Deadlines
Complete and eligible applications will be submitted to the next AIBC Council meeting for review and approval. Applications which are missing components or require additional documentation to demonstrate eligibility may require additional time for review. Applications received after the deadline, or are delayed for other reasons, may be submitted to the subsequent meeting. Applicants will be notified of application approved approval within 24 hours of Council approval by email.
Note the below dates are guidelines only. During periods with high volumes of requests, the AIBC may not be able to process all applications within these timelines.
Application for Registration Submission Deadline Dates
*Earliest possible approval date. The actual approval date may differ.
Fees Due upon Application by Way of MRA
(Jan 1-Mar 31)
(Apr 1-Jun 30)
(Jul 1-Sep 30)
(Oct 1-Dec 31)
|Annual Fee, Pro-Rated||$999.00||$749.25||$499.50||$249.75|
|Subtotal Annual Fees||$1,048.95||$786.71||$524.48||$262.24|
Fee ($339 + 5% GST)
For more information about fees due upon application to the AIBC, please refer to:
- Bulletin 1: Fees, Fines and Charges
- Bulletin 1 Appendix A: Application and Prorated Annual Fees for Registration as an Architect or Associate
- Payment Remittance form (PDF) for application and annual fees. Only accepted as a hard copy.
Please contact the Registration & Licensing department at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.