Find the key information and forms you need to maintain your registration as an Intern Architect AIBC and complete requirements related to the Internship in Architecture Program (IAP).
For AIBC application fees, see Bulletin 1: Fees, Fines and Charges.
Employment in an architectural firm is not mandatory at the time of application to the IAP. However, you will need employment to progress through the work experience requirements of the IAP. More information about suitable work experience scenarios can be found in the Internship in Architecture Program Manual (PDF) and Appendix B: Specific Regulatory Organizations of Architecture in Canada (ROAC) Requirements (PDF).
Prior to accepting employment, it is your responsibility to ensure that the position offered will provide the required scope of experience, and that the experience situation will meet the approval of the AIBC. Intern architects seeking employment are encouraged to monitor the Job Opportunities listing on the AIBC web site. You can also research architectural firms by viewing member firm profiles and web sites available through the AIBC’s searchable online directory.
If during the course of the IAP you change your employer, please notify the AIBC and submit a new letter of confirmation.
Prospective employers seeking additional information regarding their potential participation in the IAP can review the AIBC’s Supervising Architect and Mentor Guidelines (PDF).
A mentor must be selected and confirmed at the time of application to the IAP. Please see Find a Mentor.
Throughout your internship, you should be meeting with your mentor for regular reviews of experience progress, discussion of career objectives and broader issues related to the profession.
If during the course of the IAP you change your mentor, please notify the AIBC and submit a new letter of confirmation.
Work Experience (CERB)
Effective July 1, 2020, the Internship in Architecture Program (IAP) Manual was launched nationally. In November 2020, Appendix B of the Internship in Architecture Program (IAP) Manual was revised to align with the current national IAP Manual.
- *NEW* Intern Architects AIBC enrolled as of July 1, 2020 are required to submit their CERBs using the IAP Manual – Fourth Edition (PDF) and can do so online through the new AIBC Registrant Portal. All previous CERB submissions submitted by email will be continued to be reviewed, and approved hours will be reported through the online periodic assessment form, which is al available on the AIBC Registrant Portal. For instructions on submitting your CERB online please review the CERB Submission Quick Guide.
- Intern architects with fewer than 2,000 approved hours recorded in the IAP must submit hours based on the new IAP Manual – Fourth Edition (PDF).
- Intern Architects AIBC with at least 2,000 approved hours recorded in the IAP may continue to submit hours based on the previous IAP Manual – Third Edition. They may also transfer to the new Fourth Edition by completing the Application to Transition to CERB – Fourth Edition (PDF). Note that transfer is allowed only once. The deadline to transfer to the Fourth Edition was December 1, 2021.
- Intern Architects AIBC who have obtained 2,000 hours but not submitted them may contact email@example.com for guidance.
- As of July 1, 2022, all Intern Architects AIBC must submit following the current IAP Manual – Fourth Edition.
Fourth Edition Resource Documents
IAP Manual – Fourth Edition (PDF)
Appendix B of the Internship in Architecture Program (IAP) Manual (PDF)
Canadian Experience Record Book (CERB) – Fourth Edition (PDF)
Third Edition Resource Documents
IAP Manual – Third Edition (PDF)
Canadian Experience Record Book (CERB) – Third Edition(PDF)
Professional Development Courses
Before they can apply for registration as an Architect AIBC, Intern Architects AIBC and Broadly Experienced Applicant (BEA) candidates are required to attend, in full, a minimum number of professional development courses to ensure competency.
New professional development requirements were recently introduced and will be fully implemented by 2020. To review the requirements that apply to Intern Architects AIBC and BEA candidates, see Ongoing Courses.
To fulfill the examination requirements of the Internship in Architecture Program (IAP), the AIBC requires you to complete either the Examination for Architects in Canada (ExAC) or the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s Architect Registration Examinations (NCARB ARE).
The two exams differ in a number of important ways, including eligibility, exam dates, fees and benefits. You have a choice of which exam you write. See the Internship in Architecture Exam Comparison: NCARB ARE vs ExAC (PDF) for a side-by-side comparison of both exams. Visit the official websites below for more information and study resources for each exam:
- ExAC website
- NCARB ARE website – Find a complete overview of this exam, along with practice graphic vignettes and other study resources, including a Preparing for the ARE section.
Oral Exam (Previously Oral Review)
Before you can apply for registration as an architect, you must successfully complete the AIBC oral exam. The oral exam assesses the candidate’s ability to synthesize their knowledge, experience, and professional judgment into competent architectural practice in British Columbia.
The oral exam was the result of an extensive project that explored the feasibility of administering the (former) Oral Review online and in-person, as well as examining how to strengthen the principles of fairness, validity, and reliability, in both delivery methods.
Please refer to the Oral Exam Candidate Guidebook(PDF) for detailed information on eligibility requirements, exam protocols and information.
The oral exam is offered at least three times per year. The AIBC announces the opening of each application period through email and the website. To learn more about the application process, please review the “Applying for the Oral Exam” section of the Oral Exam Candidate Guidebook (PDF).
For detailed information and to apply for your oral exam, see the Oral Exam: Application Form (PDF).
2022 Oral Exam Schedule
Oral Exam Dates: October 3–31
Application Open Date: August 8
Application Close Date: August 26
Oral Exam Workshop
The AIBC hosts a free Oral Exam Preparation Workshop before each oral exam. Attendance is highly recommended for all Intern Architects AIBC and Broadly Experienced Applicant (BEA) candidates. Mentors of intern architects are also welcome.
- Fall Oral Review Workshop
- Date: TBD
- Time: TBD
- Location: TBD
- Learning Units (LUs): 1.5 Core LUs
- Registration: TBD
Apply for registration as an Intern Architect AIBC
Registration with the AIBC as an intern architect requires you to be enrolled in the Internship in Architecture Program (IAP). See Apply to IAP for information and application instructions.
Apply for registration as an Architect AIBC
Upon successful completion of national and provincial requirements, intern architects are eligible to apply for registration as an architect. The application package must include:
- Completed Application for Registration Form – Following completion of the Internship in Architecture Program (PDF), including payment information for application and annual fees.
- Photo Identification Form (PDF) (if photo on file is more than five years old)
- If you have not completed all of the mandatory courses include the Undertaking and Covenant by Intern Architects AIBC and Broadly Experienced Applicants for Registration as Architect AIBC with your application.
Fees Due upon Application by Way of IAP
When submitting an application you must pay an application fee plus the prorated annual fee, which is dependent on the date your application is submitted. Use the following table to determine your fees:
(Jan 1-Mar 31)
(Apr 1-Jun 30)
(Jul 1-Sep 30)
(Oct 1-Dec 31)
|Annual Fee, Architect AIBC||$999.00||$749.25||$499.50||$249.75|
|Refund Fee, Intern Architect|
|Subtotal Annual Fees||$859.16||$660.19||$461.21||$262.24|
|Non-Refundable Application Fee|
($339 + 5% GST)
For more information about application and annual 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.
Submit your resignation as an Intern Architect AIBC
Intern architects in good standing may voluntarily resign from the AIBC in writing at any time. You must be up to date with your annual renewal fees to be able to resign in good standing. If you resign part way through the year after having paid your annual fee, you will be eligible for a partial refund.
If you would like to resign, please review your options in Bulletin 5: Resignation of Registration (PDF). To proceed with your resignation from the AIBC please complete the Resignation, Retirement Request – Associates (PDF) and email it to the Registration and Licensing Department at firstname.lastname@example.org
Apply for reinstatement of registration
An intern architect may cease to be registered through voluntary resignation, non-payment of annual fees, or suspension and removal related to disciplinary action. Your eligibility, requirements and processes for reinstatement of registration vary in each circumstance.
In all cases, your reinstatement becomes official only after you have paid the current application and annual fee, and your application has been reviewed by the Registration and Licensing Board and approved by AIBC Council.
- Bulletin 2: Reinstatement of Registration (PDF)
- Internship in Architecture Program Application Form (PDF)
- Photo Identification Form (PDF)
- Payment Remittance form (PDF) for application and annual fees. Only accepted as a hard copy.
If you have any questions regarding the reinstatement process, please contact the Registration & Licensing department at email@example.com.
Apply for a review
Annual Fees for Intern Architects AIBC
Intern architects registered with the AIBC are required to pay annual fees. Fees are determined annually by the AIBC Council and provided in Bulletin 1: Fees, Fines and Charges.
As set in the Architects Act, February 1 is the annual deadline for renewal of registration and payment of fees. Find detailed information, including payment instructions, on the AIBC’s Annual Renewal page.
Apply for a Waiver or Reduction of Annual Renewal Fee
In the event of financial hardship, family leave and/or medical disability, you can apply to the AIBC for a full waiver of your annual renewal fees. This may permit you to retain your registration and meet your professional responsibilities for a period of time without requiring you to resign due to personal circumstances and have to later seek reinstatement.
Further information, including the application form, is available in Bulletin 3: Waiver or Reduction of Annual Renewal Fee (PDF).
Apply for the Michael A. Ernest AIBC intern architect bursary
This bursary, which is a $1,000 credit at the AIBC, is awarded to an Intern Architect AIBC who is in good standing, and has demonstrated the financial need and intention to become a registered Architect AIBC. Application period starts in March and closes in April.
For more information, see Scholarship & Bursary Program
Intern Architect Committee
Contact the Intern Architect Committee
The Intern Architect Committee provides services and support to intern architects seeking registration. The committee provides input to the AIBC’s Registration Board, and is called upon by the board when it seeks feedback regarding the Internship in Architecture Program. Committee members organize intern architect-specific events, coordinate and maintain study materials, and help inform policy decisions by acting as a representative body for the intern architect community in British Columbia. To contact a committee member, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update your contact information
It is your professional responsibility to keep your records up to date with us. You can update your contact information by logging in to AIBC’s secure registrant site.
Please contact the Registration & Licensing department at email@example.com for more information.