Examination for Architects in Canada (ExAC)

Intern Architects must successfully complete either the Examination for Architects in Canada (ExAC) or the Architect Registration Examinations (ARE) for licensure in Ontario.

Examination for Architects in Canada (ExAC)

The Examination for Architects in Canada (ExAC) tests the minimum standards of competency acquired by an Intern Architect during the internship period, to ensure both public safety and the professional and skilled delivery of architectural services. Developed in French and English, it meets international standards for the development, administration, scoring, and reporting of licensing examinations.

In 2006, the Alberta Association of Architects (AAA), the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA), and the Ordre des architectes du Québec (OAQ) agreed to develop a new Canadian licensing/registration examination, over which they would have complete control, including control of its development, updates, and administration.

The ExAC, which is composed of four sections, covers the following topic areas as set out in the Internship in Architecture Program:

  • Programming;
  • Site and Environmental Analysis;
  • Cost Management;
  • Coordinating Engineering Systems;
  • Schematic Design;
  • Design Development;
  • Final Project;
  • Bidding and Contract Negotiations;
  • Construction Phase – Office;
  • Construction Phase – Site;
  • Project Management; and
  • Code Research.

For more comprehensive information on ExAC, visit the CExAC website.

The OAA accepts credit card payments for ExAC fees.  Other payment options include cheque, cash or online payment.

Architect Registration Examinations (ARE)

The Architect Registration Examination (ARE) is a U.S.-based multi-division exam to assess your knowledge and skills regarding the practice of architecture. Completing ARE by passing all six divisions is required by all U.S. jurisdictions as a key step on the path to earning a licence. The ARE is currently accepted by the OAA, but not all Canadian jurisdictions recognize it. Individuals should be sure to check their specific jurisdictional requirements. Information on ARE can be accessed at National Council of Architectural Registration Boards website.


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Jon Clark
National ExAC Co-Administrator and Coordinator Continuing Education
t: 416.449.6898 Ext. 216
e: jonc@oaa.on.ca


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