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Changes Coming to the Internship in Architecture Program

Changes Coming to the Internship in Architecture Program

New IAP Effective January 1, 2021; Existing Program Sunsets June 30, 2022

Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) has uniformly approved changes to the Internship in Architecture Program (IAP). Scheduled to take effect in Ontario on January 1, 2021, the upcoming changes include:

  • allowing Recognized Students to log up to 760 pre-graduation experience hours toward the IAP, as long as those hours satisfy the requirements of the program (details can currently be viewed on the OAA Website;
  • clarifications acknowledging that not all CALA jurisdictions recognize the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Architect Registration Examination (ARE) or international experience (note: OAA continues to accept both);
  • revised eligible experience area descriptions and categories, including updated definitions to the required experience activities, new experience categories, and a redistribution of hours required in each category;
  • overall review of the level of required competency; and
  • format revisions.

The two new architectural experience categories—Energy Literacy/Sustainability and Envelope Detailing—were previously subsumed under other experience categories, but have been deemed sufficiently important to be specific categories with allocated minimum hours. 

For a comparison chart regarding the new IAP versus the existing one, click here.

For previous communication regarding changes to the IAP, click here.

Important Information

CURRENT Intern Architects and Student Associates

(pre-January 1, 2021)

NEW Intern Architects and Student Associates

(January 1, 2021 onward)

Existing Intern Architects and Student Associates may continue under the old program, provided they complete the requirements by June 30, 2022.

 

As of January 1, 2021, all newly registered Intern Architects and Student Associates will be enrolled in the new IAP and will be required to complete the new program requirements.

Existing Intern Architects and Student Associates have the option to transition to the new IAP at any point in time during the transition period (i.e. between January 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022).

 

Any Intern Architect or Student Associate enrolled in the IAP on or after July 1, 2022 will be required to complete the requirements of the new program.


The revised documents (IAP Manual, Appendix B to the IAP Manual, and the Canadian Experience Record Book [CERB]) will be available for download in January 2021. These documents should be read carefully
 
The OAA is asking for the assistance of Practices, Supervising Architects, Mentors, and others in distributing this information to Intern Architects and Student Associates where it may be a factor in the acceptance of their experience. 

Questions should be directed to Lashmi Ollivierre, Administrator IAP, or Catherine Reyes, Administrative Assistant, IAP.
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