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OAAAS -The Technology Program of the OAA

Our mission is to promote the position of the technologist in architecture and in the public, to increase the knowledge, skill and proficiency of our members, and to ensure the public interest is served and protected.

Background

The OAAAS establishes the education, experience and examination requirements for three categories of building designers: Associate OAAAS, Technologist OAAAS and Licensed Technologist OAA. The OAA Council has established the scope of practice and the terms of the limited licence. 
A Licensed Technologist OAA has a greater scope to provide architectural services to clients, whether working in a large or small architectural practice, or providing services directly to the public.  The OAA regulatory authority ensures that the public interest is protected when a Lic.Tech.OAA provides architectural services directly to the public, such as designing:
 
  • 4-storey homes
  • low-rise apartment buildings
  • restaurants up to a 100 seat capacity

Review the Policy Statement of the OAA Council to understand the rights and
responsibilities of the Licensed Technologist OAA.
 
Information about how the OAAAS operates is found under the OAAAS Board of Directors.
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Associate OAAAS and Technologist OAAAS Membership

 
Eligibility to join OAAAS:
  • Graduate of an accredited Ontario community college three-year architectural technology program, or equivalent, or greater.
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. Proof of status must be provided with the application.
 
OAAAS Certification Steps:
  • Document 7200 hours of appropriate work experience.
  • Fulfill the continuing education requirement of an OAAAS Technologist.
  • Attend the OAA Admission Course.
  • Pass the OAAAS examination.
  • For complete details, refer to the OAAAS Program Guide.
 
Student OAAAS Membership

Eligibility for Student OAAAS Membership:

  • Enrolment in a three-year architectural technology program (or intend to complete a three-year diploma)
  • Completed two semesters
Fees and Dues (+HST)
Regular membership:
Application Fee                                    $300
OAAAS Associate (annual dues)          $250
OAAAS Technologist (annual dues)      $325
Student member (annual dues)               $50. 
 

OAAAS Program Guide

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OAAAS Advanced Standing Program Guide

LAST UPDATED 01/15

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OAAAS Application Form

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OAAAS Student Application

 

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Recording Work Experience

Becoming a Licensed Technologist OAA requires candidates to document and submit work experience hours to the OAAAS.

All OAAAS members (except those who are Licensed Technologists OAA) must complete and submit work experience record books for each 1,000 worked, as well as when you change employers.  Each report must be signed and initialed by the supervising architect, or Licensed Technologist OAA working under the supervising architect, and sent to OAAAS, no later than eight weeks following the end of the reporting period.  If you don’t file your work experience record book on time, a late submission charge will apply.
 

Retroactive Submission of Previous Work Experience

Individuals who join OAAAS may file retroactive hours with no late payment charge, providing the work is submitted within three months of joining. 

Some new members can document significant prior experience and thus move well along the path.  Examples of how this rule applies are the following:
  • Work experience in Ontario under an architect, providing it is properly certified and filed within three months of joining OAAAS.

  • Work experience in another Canadian province or a state in the United States, which is certified by a registered architect, can be submitted when you join OAAAS.

  • Work experience from another country may also qualify, providing it was obtained while working for an architect.  Contact us to discuss your situation and the process required to certify such work experience.         
 

Categories and Experience Areas

 

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OAAAS Experience Record Book

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Continuing Education Cycle 2016 - 2018

 July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2018

Members who hold the designation Technologist OAAAS or Licensed Technologist OAA must commit to lifelong learning through the OAA ConEd Program.  Each member must meet continuing education requirements established by the OAA Continuing Education Program. 
The Program operates on a 2-year Cycle, commencing on July 1 of even numbered years.
Learning Hours Required 
OAA ConEd requirements by membership type:
  • Technologist OAAAS
 15 hours of learning (minimum of 5 hours of Structured Learning) per two year cycle
  • Licensed Technologist OAA
 35 hours of learning (minimum of 12 hours of Structured Learning) per two year cycle
Learning hours must be gained in both Structured and Unstructured Learning activities. 
Structured Learning activities are organized educational sessions of a minimum one hour in length. They must be supported by documented evidence of participation at the time that the Continuing Education hours are logged.  Acceptable forms of proof include a certificate, a diploma, a letter of attendance from the provider, etc.  
The following link provides detailed information on Structured Learning.
Unstructured Learning covers all learning activities that an architectural professional may undertake outside the office or classroom.  Time spent volunteering, including on OAAAS Boards and Committees, qualifies.  Unlike Structured Learning, official proof of completion is not required when reporting Unstructured Learning Hours. 
The following link provides detailed information on Unstructured Learning
Continuing Education Program Transcript
A personal Continuing Education transcript is created for each Technologist OAAAS member, which is accessible on the OAAAS/OAA Website. Each individual member is responsible for uploading all learning hours, both Structured and Unstructured to their individual web transcript.  If you obtain Technologist designation at any point during the last six (6) months of a Continuing Education cycle, you will not be subject to Continuing Education Program requirements until the start of the next two-year cycle.
 
Carry Forward Policy
 
Individuals certified as a Licensed Technologist OAA may carry forward a maximum of seven Unstructured Learning hours and four hours of Structured learning.  The carry-forward policy does not apply to those designated as a Technologist OAAAS.
 
The following links provide further information on the Continuing Education Program:
 
 
 
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2016

OAAAS Newsletter

June 2016

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2015

OAAAS Newsletter

April 2015

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2014


OAAAS Newsletter

December 2014

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OAAAS Newsletter

October 2014

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OAAAS Newsletter

June 2014

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OAAAS Newsletter

March 2014

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2013

OAAAS Newsletter

December 2013

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OAAAS Newsletter

July 2013

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OAAAS Newsletter

March 2013

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2012


OAAAS Newsletter

September 2012

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OAAAS Newsletter

April 2012

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2011

 

OAAAS Newsletter

FEBRUARY 2011

 

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OAAAS Newsletter

July 2011

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2010

 

OAAAS Newsletter

MAY 2010

 

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2009

 

OAAAS Newsletter

OCTOBER 2009

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OAAAS Newsletter

april 2009

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2008

 

OAAAS Newsletter

December 2008

 

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OAAAS Newsletter

march 2008

Message from the President

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2007

 

OAAAS Newsletter

August 2007

 

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2006

 

OAAAS Newsletter

May 2006

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2005

 

OAAAS Newsletter

October 2005

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OAAAS Newsletter

August 2005

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OAAAS Newsletter

MAY 2005

 

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April 2005

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