Update: New Canada / U.S.A. Mutual Recognition Agreement

The AIBC is pleased to confirm that the new Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) between the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) will officially be in place on January 1, 2014.  The MRA was dependent on at least 51% of individual U.S. state boards and 51% of Canadian jurisdictions becoming formal signatories to the agreement. That majority has been met; all 11 Canadian jurisdictions and 28 of 54 American jurisdictions have now signed on and we hope to see others sign on shortly.  Once the new MRA comes into effect, the existing Canada/US Inter-Recognition Agreement will no longer apply.

The agreement is based on an individual registration’s being in good standing in their home jurisdiction, along with one year’s post-registration experience. Most importantly, through this new agreement, architects who have completed either the NCARB Architectural Registration Examination (ARE) or the Examination for Architects in Canada (ExAC) during their internships will be eligible for Canada/U.S.A. inter-recognition.

To view the new MRA, please click here. To also view the pertinent CALA bulletin, please click here. If you have any queries regarding this matter, please feel free to contact the AIBC at registration@aibc.ca.

The confirmed U.S.A. signatories are:
Alabama
Arkansas
Delaware
District of Columbia
Guam
Indiana
Iowa
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Mexico
North Carolina
Ohio
Oregon
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Texas
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wyoming

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