Changes to Internship in Architecture Program

The following is an official release from the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA), on whose behalf a task group has been reviewing the Internship in Architecture Program, for the past few years. The task group has made a number of recommendations for changes to the IAP, the majority of which have now been approved by the Canadian regulators including the AIBC. This release highlights the major changes in addition to providing a “heads up” notice of additional changes soon to be implemented.

This release provides a high-level overview only. There are some program details yet to be resolved; expected within the next few months. A detailed implementation policy, necessary transitional provisions, along with a revised IAP Manual are being drafted.

The AIBC will share more information as it becomes available. In the interim, IAs and practitioners are invited to contact the institute with any comments or observations they may have on these proposals so that the final product can benefit from as many eyes and minds as possible. If you have any questions or comments, you may send them to Registration & Licensing Administration Assistant Emily Tyler at, or Manager of Registration & Licensing Róisín O’Neill at

Internship in Architecture Program (IAP)


Over the past several years a national task force, established by the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) composed of all eleven Provincial/Territorial architectural regulators, has been reviewing the IAP examining ways to improve and streamline the Program.

The national task force has concluded its work and tabled recommendations for change which have been approved by the majority of the Provincial/Territorial architectural regulators. We are awaiting the remaining regulators’ responses so that changes can move forward uniformly across Canada.

Primary Changes are scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2012:

Reduction of the total length of the required experience from 5600 hours (3 years) to 3720 hours (2 years).

Elimination of Discretionary Experience (1880 hours).

Credit will not be granted for experience gained while a student at a school of architecture as a result of the reduction of the total length of the required experience and the elimination of Discretionary Experience. (This change does not affect individuals in the Syllabus program.)

Other Important Facts

As of January 1, 2012, newly appointed/enrolled Interns will automatically be entered into the revised Program.

Current Interns will be given the opportunity to stay within the current Program until June 30, 2012 or transfer into the revised Program at any time during the transition period. The current Program will cease to exist on June 30, 2012.

All recorded experience approved by the regulators prior to January 1, 2012 will be preserved and no individual will be disadvantaged when the changes are implemented. Those Interns who wish to maintain eligibility for reciprocity with the USA may continue to record and submit the required 5600 hours of experience.

Recommendation Currently Under Discussion

Credit will be granted only for experience gained while enrolled as an Intern in the IAP or with a reciprocal jurisdiction.

Note: For the purposes of the IAP the term ‘Intern’ will be used to mean, Intern Architect, Intern in Manitoba or Stagiaire en architecture in Quebec.

Questions should be directed to your respective Provincial/Territorial architectural regulator.

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