Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA)

The Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) program streamlines the process for foreign-trained architects to become certified for registration/licensure in Canada. Launched by the eleven provincial and territorial Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA), the BEFA program assesses the broadly based experience of foreign architects against pan-Canadian standards of competency for practice in Canada.

Foreign architects who meet the program eligibility requirements can apply for BEFA Certification through a process which includes a review of an architect’s eligibility to apply, completion of an on-line assessment and an interview with licensed architects.

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Once an applicant has successfully completed the BEFA process, they will be granted a BEFA certificate. When BEFA Certification is issued by CACB, it will serve as a recommendation for recognition as an equivalent to successful completion of the Canadian Education, Experience, and Examination Standards required for the initial registration in Saskatchewan.