Intern Architect

The Intern Architect designation reflects enrolment in the Internship in Architecture Program (IAP)—a national program that provides a pathway for Intern Architects to become licensed as Architects. The Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) in each province and territory have statutory obligations to set and maintain standards of education, experience, and examination for entry to the profession of architecture, with the OAA overseeing the IAP in Ontario.

Intern Architects have a professional degree in architecture and must work under the personal supervision and direction of an Architect, in either an architectural practice or other eligible architectural employment situation. To become licensed in Ontario, a person must demonstrate competency and qualification to provide architectural services to the public. The IAP is also intended as a catalyst for improving the profession, by increasing effective communication between architects and prospective members of the profession.


An individual must:

  • have graduated with a professional degree/diploma in architecture from a post-secondary institution, or have successfully completed the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Syllabus Program;
  • have received certification of academic qualification from the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB);
  • be a person of good character;
  • submit a completed online application; and
  • pay the required fee.


Intern Architects:

  • receive the biweekly OAA News e-bulletin;
  • receive reduced rate package to attend the OAA Conference; 
  • participate in Association volunteer opportunities; 
  • access the “member” portal of the OAA website; and
  • participate in group insurance.

Information and Application

From Intern Architect to Architect

 Information for Intern Architects

 Use of the title "Intern Architect"

 Internship in Architecture Program (IAP) Manual

Appendix B to the IAP Manual

 Guide to Occupancies

Canadian Experience Record Book (CERB) - New version

 Canadian Experience Record Book (CERB) - Old version


Meet The OAA Video

On October 27, 2020, the OAA Interns Committee hosted the first Meet the OAA event over Zoom, helping introduce the Association (and its role as regulator of Ontario’s architecture profession) to students, while also sharing more information about the path to licensure in the province. It is now available for on-demand viewing below and on the OAA's You Tube channel.


Lashmi Olivierre, Administrator, Internship in Architecture Program (IAP)
t: 416.449.6898 Ext.204

Catherine Reyes, Administrative Assistant, Internship in Architecture Program (IAP)
t: 416.449.6898 Ext.205


FAQs: Path to Licensure

Special Bulletins:

Changes Coming to the Internship in Architecture Program - October 27, 2020

Significant Changes Coming to the IAP - Sept. 1, 2020

Admission Course

The OAA Admission Course is a mandatory requirement for licensure for all Intern Architects in Ontario.


Examination for Architects in Canada (ExAC)

U.S. Architect Registration Examination (ARE)

Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB)

For entry into the architecture profession, CACB provides an assessment of educational qualifications of individuals holding professional degrees or diplomas in architecture.


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