Tri-National Mutual Recognition Agreement for the International Practice of Architecture among Canada, the United States and Mexico Announced

On December 8, 2014 the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) in conjunction with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) in the USA and the Federacion de Colegios de Arquitectos de la Republica Mexicana (FCARM) in Mexico, released a joint statement announcing a major agreement to mutually recognize architect credentials in the three countries, making it possible for architects to work across all North American borders.

The agreement, the ‘Tri-National Mutual Recognition Agreement for the International Practice of Architecture among Canada, the United States and Mexico’, informally known as the ‘Tri-National Agreement’, represents over a decade of negotiations, bringing cross-border recognition of professional credentials from concept to reality in the spirit of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Qualified architects, from each country, who satisfy the requirements of the agreement, will be granted a credential that will lead to a licence to practice architecture in the host country.

For further information, please review the full statement or visit the website of the Ontario Association of Architects.

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