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Offering alternative pathways for meeting registration requirements

Classification: Non-Health

Regulatory Body

Ontario Association of ARCHITECTS

Ontario Association of ARCHITECTS


This practice provides alternative registration pathways for internationally educated individuals.

The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) requires applicants to complete education, experience and examination requirements, and an admission course.

To meet the requirements, qualified internationally educated architects may choose between the OAA's Internship in Architecture Program and a series of assessments conducted by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board under its Broadly Experienced Foreign Architects program (BEFA). Applicants who successfully complete the BEFA program are exempt from most of the OAA's registration requirements.

The programs have different costs, expectations and timelines. Providing this flexibility enables applicants to choose a registration pathway that meets their specific circumstances.

Value to Regulator

  • Helps to accommodate diverse needs of applicants.
  • Makes registration process more efficient and less complicated; timelines are improved, unnecessary steps are eliminated, use of resources is optimized.
  • Helps to prevent potential for unintended or differential impact on non-traditional applicants.

Value for Applicants

  • Resources and alternative ways to meet registration requirements are available to applicants.
  • Enables applicants to meet registration requirements in more efficient way; process is streamlined and registration requirements are relevant and fair.

Duties from Registration Practices Assessment Guides

This practice falls under the following duties from the Registration Practices Assessment Guides:

  • Fairness
  • Fairness

Profession's Membership Size

Medium (2,000 to 10,000 members)

Date of publication:

May 31, 2013