A student of architecture may apply to the OAA to become a Student Associate, provided that the individual meets the eligibility requirements below. There is no cost to becoming a Student Associate and there are several benefits, including the ability to log experience hours and increased engagement with the OAA.
An individual must:
- be enrolled in a Canadian faculty, department, or school of architecture offering a professional degree in architecture accredited by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB); or
- be enrolled in a U.S. faculty, department, or school of architecture accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB); or
- be enrolled in the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Syllabus Program; or
- be enrolled in a Canadian school of architecture that has candidacy status granted by CACB; or
- have completed any of the above degrees or courses of study and are awaiting CACB certification; and
- be a person of good character.
If you meet the eligibility requirements, you can submit a completed Student Associate application to the OAA using the following:
The approval process typically takes about one week to complete. Once approved, Student Associate status is valid until the end of the calendar year. The Student Associate status must be renewed annually; otherwise, the status will become lapsed.
NOTE: Due to potential hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the OAA’s priority to maintain community engagement, the OAA will not be lapsing Student Associate status until July 2021, regardless of CACB certification. In this way, Student Associates will continue to receive information and outreach from the OAA to stay up to date with the profession during these challenging times.
Student Associates can:
- log up to 760 hours of architectural experience toward the Internship in Architecture Program (IAP);
- receive the biweekly OAA News e-bulletin;
- receive reduced rate package to attend the OAA Conference;
- participate in the Association's volunteer opportunities;
- participate in the OAA Website; and
- participate in group insurance.
Student Associates enrolled in a CACB/NAAB accredited architecture program may submit up to 760 hours to be credited toward the experience requirements of the IAP, with the following stipulations:
- The experience hours gained were after July 1, 2019
- A minimum of 60 credit hours in courses that contribute to the Student Performance Criteria for accreditation has been completed before gaining the experience.
- Student Associates must have their academic institution complete the Declaration Form to confirm the successful completion of 60 credit hours in courses that contribute to the Student Performance Criteria for accreditation.
- Student Associate status is held with the OAA while gaining the experience.
- Experience hours are obtained in an architectural practice, under the personal supervision and direction of an architect that otherwise complies with the “Acceptable Employment Situation” set out in the IAP Manual.
- The supervising architect signs off on the experience.
- A Mentor is required while the experience is gained.
RAIC Syllabus students who are Student Associates of the OAA may log experience toward their internship experience requirements. The OAA permits students in the program to accumulate for review all of the required 3,720 hours of architectural experience gained after enrolment in Part 2 of the program in order to satisfy the experience requirements of the IAP.
Please refer to the IAP Manual and Appendix B for more information.
Information and Application
From Student Associate to Intern Architect to Architect
Internship in Architecture Program (IAP) Manual
Appendix B to the IAP Manual
Guide to Occupancies
Canadian Experience Record Book (CERB) - New Version
OAA Student Declaration of 60 credit hours
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.