Becoming an Architect

OAA Paths to Licensure

There are different pathways to becoming licensed as an Architect OAA depending on your level of education and experience, and whether you are already licensed in another jurisdiction outside of Ontario. Download the following matrix to help determine which pathway is best suited for you.

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More information about each pathway can be found below.

Paths to Licensure

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Internship in Architect Program (IAP)

Find out more information on becoming a licensed architect in Ontario after following a path of education, experience, and examination in the province.

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RAIC Syllabus Program

Discover how to become an architect through the apprenticeship Syllabus Program offered by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).

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Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA)

The Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) Program is an alternative pathway to licensure for foreign licensed architects. 

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Internationally Trained Professionals
Internationally Trained Professional (ITP)

Information for internationally trained professionals who have been licensed as architects in a jurisdiction outside of Canada.

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Apply for Membership

Learn More About Architects

Information on individuals who are licensed to use the title “architect” and practise architecture in Ontario.

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Learn More About Intern Architects

The Internship in Architecture Program (IAP) is the path to licensure as an architect in Canada. Learn more about what this entails in the province of Ontario.

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Learn More About Student Associates

Those currently studying architecture can join the OAA for free to stay informed about the requirements for licensure in Ontario.

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6. Every person has a right to equal treatment with respect to membership in any trade union, trade or occupational association or self-governing profession without discrimination because of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status or disability.

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IAP Contacts


General Enquiries
iap@oaa.on.ca 

Lashmi Olivierre
Administrator, IAP
lashmio@oaa.on.ca
416.449.6898 Ext. 204 

Catherine Reyes
Administrative Assistant, IAP
catheriner@oaa.on.ca
416.449.6898 Ext. 205 

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