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Practice Information

If you are an architect who would like to be involved in a project in the province of Ontario you will need to apply for the appropriate Certificate of Practice as outlined below and have professional liability insurance.

Architectural Practices provide architectural services to the public. 

An Architect licensed in Ontario and who is a holder of a Certificate of Practice in Ontario is permitted to offer and/or provide a service that is part of the practice of architecture to a member of the public.

Categories of Certificates of Practice

  • Corporation
  • Partnership
  • Sole Proprietor

Applications and Guidelines:

Corporation Application and Guidelines

LAST UPDATED 05/19

Corporation Application and Guidelines Architect Certificate of Practice Applications

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Partnership Application and Guidelines

LAST UPDATED 05/19

Partnership Application and Guidelines 2019 Certificate of Practice Architect

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Sole Proprietorship Applications and Guidelines

LAST UPDATED 05/19

Sole Proprietorship Applications and Guidelines Certificate of Practice 2019

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An alternative to the process of licensure as an Architect and issuance of a Certificate of Practice for an Architect licensed/registered in a jurisdiction outside of Ontario.

Purpose

  • for providing architectural services on a specific project.

Eligibility

  •  for an Architect licensed/registered in a jurisdiction outside of Ontario,

Requirement

  • This option requires collaboration with an Ontario holder of a Certificate of Practice

Applications and Guidelines:

 

Temporary Licence Application and Guidelines

LAST UPDATED 05/19

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Limited Certificate of Practice (CofP23) – Partnership

LAST UPDATED 05/19

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Limited Certificate of Practice (CofP23) – Corporation

LAST UPDATED 05/19

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A Licensed Technologist OAA is an individual who is granted a licence by the OAA to practise architecture with very specific Terms, Conditions and Limitations (TCL). One of the conditions of licensure is that the individual must NOT refer to himself or herself as ‘architect’. These individuals must use the title Licensed Technologist OAA.

Applications and Guidelines:

Sole Proprietorship Application and Guidelines LTOAA - 2019

LAST UPDATED 05/19

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All designs prepared by an Architect licensed in Ontario must be sealed by an architect with the digital professional seal issued to that architect by the OAA. All designs prepared by a Licensed Technologist OAA must be sealed by the Licensed Technologist OAA with the digital professional seal issued to that Licensed Technologist OAA by the OAA.  

Applying for a seal


Digital seals will be mandatory as of January 2, 2022
To obtain a seal, a licensee who is:
1. an applicant for a Certificate of Practice must apply for a seal, or have a seal, when making application for the Certificate of Practice;

2.  an employee of a holder of a Certificate of Practice                    For an employee to be eligible for a seal the holder of the Certificate of Practice must provide confirmation in writing indicating that the seal will  be used  only for projects under that holder;  
3. an employee of other than a holder of a Certificate of Practice   (i.e. Federal or Provincial Government, banks, etc.)
For an employee to be eligible the employer must provide confirmation in writing indicating that the seal will be used only for projects owned by the employer. 
Once you have a seal:
1. the employer must notify the Office of the Registrar at officeoftheregistrar@oaa.on.ca of any changes to the Certificate of Practice; and 
2. the employee must immediately notify the Office of the Registrar at officeoftheregistrar@oaa.on.ca of any changes to their emplyments status.

How to Obtain an OAA Digital Seal
To obtain your digital seal, visit https://notarius.com/oaa
For more information, please check out the following links:
 CertifiO for Professional Product brochure: https://notarius.com/info/certifioforprofessionals
 ConsignO Desktop Product brochure: https://notarius.com/info/consignodesktop 
For technical assistance, contact Notarius Customer Support by calling 1-855-505-7272 or by e-mailing support@notarius.com.
Questions regarding the seal can be directed to the Office of the Registrar at officeoftheregistrar@oaa.on.ca

Features and Benefits
By affixing the OAA Digital Seal to a document, an OAA member:
 guarantees the identity of the document—the origin of the document includes proof of the signer’s identity, their OAA professional affiliation (at the time of the signature) as well as the date and time of the document’s finalization;
 ensures the integrity of the document (as well as its contents), so that the document has not been altered since its completion;
 establishes the authenticity of the document—everything necessary to prove its origin and integrity is embedded in the document; and
 ensures the longevity of the document, providing the ability to open, read, authenticate and preserve the reliability of a document over time. 
The OAA Digital Seal must remain under the sole control of its holder; it cannot be shared or delegated under any circumstances. 

 

 

All holders of a Certificate of Practice, where the office is located:

  1. In Ontario are required to participate in the Pro-Demnity Insurance Company.The application form is available on their Website at www.prodemnity.com.
  2. Outside of Ontario or whose primary function is not to engage in the practice of architecture must apply for Exemption from annual professional liability insurance coverage with Pro-Demnity Insurance Company.

Application form


Exemption Form - December 2015 - 1 Duncan Mill Road

LAST UPDATED 03/18

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