Please note that the eligibility fees are not refundable. Therefore, it is important that you have carefully reviewed all the mandatory eligibility criteria for the BEFA Program before proceeding.

You can apply for BEFA certification if you can demonstrate that you meet all of the following mandatory requirements

1. You have been formally educated as an architect and you have completed an architectural education/degree.

2. You have practiced as a licensed/registered architect in a foreign jurisdiction. If registration/licensure was not required to practice as an architect in the jurisdiction(s) of origin, the equivalent of registration/licensure in that/those jurisdiction(s) may be considered.

3. You are able to demonstrate at least seven (7) years of post-registration/licensure within the last twelve (12) years.

4. You will have obtained at least six (6) months of relevant experience in Canada before the assessment interview. This experience:

a. Must be gained within three (3) years before the date scheduled for the assessment interview.

b. Must be gained under the personal supervision and direction of a registered/licensed architect within Canada.

c. Must expose candidates to the practice and regulatory requirements of architecture in Canada.

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please contact the BEFA Coordinator by phone at (613) 241-8399 extension 21, or by email to befacoord@cacb.ca