Broadly Experienced Foreign Architects (BEFA) Program

On September 21, 2012, Canada’s federal government officially launched the Broadly Experienced Foreign Architects (BEFA) Program as a national initiative to facilitate the process for internationally-trained architects seeking to work in Canada. The BEFA Program streamlines the licensing of internationally-trained architects through a standardized three-step process that includes a review of eligibility, an on-line assessment, and an interview with registered architects. BEFA was developed and piloted in British Columbia through the AIBC. It is now in place for all 11 provincial and territorial architectural licensing authorities in Canada, and will be administered by the Canadian Architecture Certification Board (CACB). Detailed information can be found online at