Tips for an effective application

Below are some tips on how to be well prepared to undertake the BEFA Application’s phases:


Submit an application via BEFA Online Application Tool, enclosing scanned supporting documentation for your eligibility including:

  1. Electronic copy of the proof of architectural education;
  2. Electronic copy of the proof of either licensure/registration in a jurisdiction outside Canada or the equivalents to registration/licensure in that /those jurisdiction(s); and
  3. Detailed resume.

Send certified true copies of the originals of eligibility supporting documentation via mail or courier, as follows:

  • Certified true copy of the proof of architectural education, and
  • Certified true copy of the proof of either licensure/registration in a jurisdiction outside Canada or the equivalents to registration/licensure in that /those jurisdiction(s)

If the documents listed above are not in English or French, a certified true copy of an official translation for each document is also required. The institution which issued the original document, or a lawyer or notary may certify the true copies. If you are unable to provide certified true copies of the required document, a statutory declaration will be considered. A lawyer or notary can provide this service in all provinces and territories. If you are located in the Province of Ontario when swearing the statutory declaration, a Commissioner of Oaths may also provide this service.

Please forward the documents via mail or courier to this address:

Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB)
1 Nicholas Street, Suite 710
Ottawa (Ontario) K1N 7B7

Please be sure to include your BEFA file number with each documentation package you send.


  • Read carefully the Self-Assessment Guide to understand the self-assessment process ad the submission requirements.
  • Complete the Project Resume template to reflect the projects you are planning to use for the self-assessment.
  • Remember that at the self-assessment stage, you can include as many projects as you want to illustrate that you possess the 12 competencies. However, at the interview, you are allowed to bring only three (3) projects among the projects used for the self-assessment as well.
  • Submit projects that clearly demonstrate your compliance with the 12 competency areas. It is mandatory to include at least one Canadian project to demonstrate that you meet the Canadian experience requirements as you will be questioned about it at the interview.
  • While you are working on the templates, remember to avoid general statements in your explanations. Describe what your personal involvement was – not what the team or the Architectural firm did but rather what you did – and give concrete examples, referencing the supporting documents in order to ensure an effective submission.
  • Avoid ”copy and paste” from the sources.


Prepare to answer questions and give concrete examples of activities you have been involved as they relate to all 12-competency areas being assessed. Examples of subject matters to be discussed with the BEFA candidates during the interview include:

  • Program development and evaluation
  • Finding solutions to challenges related to the 12 competency areas
  • Impact of site conditions related to the project(s) being presented
  • Description of steps taken into the development processes related to the 12 competency areas
  • Explaining the purpose and processes related to the 12 competency areas
  • The candidate’s personal involvement in the processes
  • Understanding and dealing with factors which influence project aspects
  • Understanding the scope and application of national and local building codes
  • Ability to ensure project(s) meet(s) code requirements
  • Ability to explain choices made as they relate to design development
  • Building envelopes as they related to project(s)
  • Construction documents, components, and purpose
  • Methods of project delivery
  • Documents, processes, and activities involved in project management
  • Professional practice activities and regulations