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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 Regulatory Organization of Architecture in Canada (ROAC, formerly 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. All IAP participants should familiarize themselves with the standards embodied in the Canadian Standard of Competency for Architects, which establishes consistent criteria that licence candidates must meet regardless of their chosen path to licensure.


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.


Key Documents

Refer to important documents below for more information:

Canadian Experience Record Book (CERB)
Mentor Confirmation Form
Employment Confirmation Form
Requirements for Licensure

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Recording Your Experience

Find resources to complete and submit your Canadian Experience Record Book (CERB).

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Writing the Examination

Ready to write your Examination? Learn how the knowledge of intern architects is tested.

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Taking the Admission Course

Learn more about the online Admission Course.

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Practice of Architecture in Canada Course

If fewer than 940 hours of your experience is within Canada, complete ROAC modules prior to application for licence.

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Pre-Licence Self-Assessment

An outcomes-based self-assessment represents an efficient, accessible method to demonstrate Ontario practice knowledge.

Applying for Licence

Nearing the end of your IAP? Find out  what it means to become a liensed Architect.


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Find a Mentor
Every Intern Architect completing the IAP is required to have both a supervising architect and a mentor in order to submit hours. The OAA has launched a new Mentor Directory (login required) to allow OAA Interns and Students to search for a compatible mentor.


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Meet The OAA 

On October 12, 2023, the OAA Interns Committee and Comprehensive Education Committee co-hosted the third 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 available below for on-demand viewing.


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


From "Intern Architect to Architect"

Information for Intern Architects

Use of the title "Intern Architect"

Guide to Occupancies

Canadian Standard of Competency for Architects

February 2024 Regulatory Notice: Synopsis of Changes to Licence Requirements


FAQs: Path to Licensure

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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