The Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) was established in 1976 by agreement of the Registration Authorities and Councils of nine provincial institutes/associations to assess and certify the academic qualifications of individuals holding a professional degree/diploma in architecture who intended to apply for registration. The Order of Architects of Quebec joined the CACB in 1991. CACB’s mandate was revised in 1991 to include the responsibility for accrediting professional degree programs in Canadian university schools of architecture.

Founding Members

The founding members of the Canadian Architectural Certification Board are:


Bridging design education and the practice of architecture through the pursuit of excellence in certification and accreditation.

The CACB is committed to fostering excellence in architectural education to achieve the highest standard of architecture and architectural services for all Canadians.

The CACB holds a broad view of society and the architectural profession and strives to foster the academic environment that facilitates training of architects who possess modern professional and technical skills.

The CACB is also committed to continuing cooperation with its members, the architectural profession at large, and the accrediting agencies in Canada and internationally


The CACB receives its mandate from the CALA and the CCUSA to:

  1. Certify educational qualifications of individual architectural graduates;
  2. Accredit professional architecture programs at Canadian universities;
  3. Certify professional qualifications of broadly experienced foreign architects; and
  4. Collaborate and conduct research, nationally and internationally, as it relates to architectural accreditation and academic certification.