The Internship in Architecture Program (IAP) has been established by the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) to continue to maintain a program of architectural registration/licensing in Canada that is both meaningful and effective. The CALA jurisdictions have statutory obligations to set and maintain standards of education, experience, and examination for entry to the profession of architecture. The IAP is also intended as a catalyst for improving the profession, by increasing effective communication between architects and prospective members of the profession. To become registered/licensed in Canada, a person must demonstrate competency and qualification to provide architectural services to the public.
Interns must remain in the IAP while experience is being gained and recorded and while examinations are being written to derive maximum benefit from the program. Credit will be granted only for experience gained while enrolled as an intern in the IAP.
Once an individual has been approved for membership, they may use the designation of ‘Intern Architect’.
The objectives of the IAP are:
- To define and document areas of architectural practice in which professional knowledge and skills must be gained in a structured, supervised and mentored environment;
- To provide a uniform system for documentation and periodic assessment of internship activities;
- To provide feedback and guidance to the intern;
- To involve the members of the profession in the development and training of future members.
The CALA jurisdictions have established common education standards as detailed in the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) Conditions for Accreditation for professional degree programs in architecture and in the Conditions and Procedures for the Certification of Educational Qualifications (Canadian education standard). The accreditation of professional programs in architecture and the certification of education qualifications of architecture graduates are conducted under the auspices of the CACB in accordance with the standards set by the CALA jurisdictions. If you require further information, contact the CACB.
In Saskatchewan, The Architects Act, 1996 requires at least three years’ experience under the direction of a person(s) approved by Council. Regardless of hours logged, the intern is not eligible to apply for SAA membership until the three year requirement has been achieved. The intern’s registration date with the SAA or approved transfer from a reciprocal CALA jurisdiction begins the counting of the three years.
For information on the Examination for Architects in Canada (ExAC), eligibility and scheduling procedures, visit www.exac.ca.
To apply, a candidate must submit the following:
- Completed application
- CACB certificate
- Mentor Form
- Employer/Principal Form (not required at time of application)
- Required Fees