Foreign Trained Professionals

CALA program welcomes foreign trained architects

The eleven provincial and territorial Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA), are pleased to announce the launch a program called the new Broadly Experienced Foreign Architects Program (BEFA). This program offers experienced foreign-trained architects an alternative path to registration and licensure in Canada.The architectural profession recognized, several years ago, that it did not have an effective national program in place to assess the qualifications of internationally trained and licensed architects.

“The architectural community sees great benefits from having internationally trained foreign architects licensed as professionals in Canada. With it come new connections, ideas and perspectives that can only enrich our profession. On behalf of the eleven licensing authorities we would like to thank Minister Finley and her officials at Human Resources and Skill Development Canada for their financial support in the creation of the BEFA program.” stated Sheena Sharp, President, Ontario Association of Architects.

With funding from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and the support of Architecture Canada, CALA has developed a fair and streamlined program to assess the work experience and competencies of foreign architects against pan-Canadian standards of competency for practice in Canada.

It is a three-step process, which includes the review of an architect’s eligibility to apply, the completion of an on-line assessment tool and an interview with registered architects.

The eligibility criteria include:

  • an architecture education/degree;
  • registration/licensure as an architect in a foreign jurisdiction;
  • demonstration of seven years’ experience of post-registration; licensure experience in architecture, and
  • a minimum of six months of relevant Canadian architectural work experience

The Canadian Architecture Certification Board (CACB) has agreed to administer the BEFA program for CALA.
More information on the BEFA program and the eligibility requirements can be found at