FAQs

APPLICATION

Do I need to be employed to apply to the Internship in Architecture Program?

No, although you will eventually need to be employed to log your experience hours as part of the Internship requirements. Once you are employed, you will need to submit a confirmation letter signed by your supervising architect to AIBC.

 

I am new to BC and do not know any architects to act as my mentor, what do I do?

If you are unable to find a mentor, please email the Admissions Coordinator at registration@aibc.ca and we can distribute a list of volunteer mentors for you to contact.

 

How long does it take before I am accepted as an intern?

Because each application must go through Registration Board and Council approval, the process takes approximately 4–6 weeks. Following acceptance you will receive a confirmation letter indicating your official intern architect acceptance date.

 

I am an Intern Architect in another province in Canada. How do I transfer to the AIBC?

The application process is the same as any applicant. You will also need to send a request your previous regulator to send us copies of your approved hours.

 

I am an Intern Architect in the United States. How do I transfer to the AIBC?

The application process is the same as any applicant. If you are in the process of completing your internship with the NCARB Architectural Experience Program, (AXP) you can possibly transfer some logged hours into the IAP. Please contact us for more information.

 

 I was previously an Intern Architect with AIBC. How do I reinstate my membership?

For more information about reinstating your Intern Architect registration please refer to Bulletin 2 on the AIBC website.

 

I am a registered architect in another country, should I apply to the Intern Architect Program?

Depending on your level of education and experience, you may be eligible for alternative routes to registration including the Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect Assessment Program or Alternative Qualifications. For more information, contact registration@aibc.ca or CACB (for inquiries relating to BEFA).

 

LOGGING OF EXPERIENCE HOURS

 

When can I start logging work experience?

The date on your intern architect acceptance letter is also the date you can begin logging hours.

 

Can I log experience hours prior to my internship acceptance?

As of January 2013, no pre-internship work experience will be accepted unless you had logged hours as an intern architect with another jurisdiction in Canada or through the IDP/AXP in the USA. For more information, refer to sections 5.4 and 5.5 in AIBC Appendix B.

 

I worked while attending university. Can I get any credit for these work experience hours?

As of January 1, 2013, pre-internship work experience is not accepted at the AIBC. This includes experience gained while attending university.

 

Can an intern architect log backdated hours prior to enrolling in the IAP if he/she worked under the supervision of an architect and has a mentor?

No. Only work experience gained as a supervised/mentored intern architect will be accepted. Refer to Section 2 of AIBC Appendix B.

 

How can I submit experience towards the IAP? 

All hours must be submitted on the Canadian Experience Record Book. Also, please ensure all necessary signatures are completed by you, your supervising architect, and your mentor before submission. Logbooks can be dropped off in person at the AIBC offices, mailed, or emailed to the Admissions Coordinator.

The turnaround time for approval of hours is approximately 4–6 weeks.

 

I have experience that I obtained while in the IAP but I have not yet logged and submitted it for review. Can I still submit this experience?

As of January 1, 2013 late submission will be considered only under specific terms and conditions – refer to Section 4.0 of the AIBC Appendix B for more information.

When working full time, work experience must be reported no later than eight months from the date of the first (i.e. oldest) hours being claimed to avoid a late fee. Only work experience reported no later than 12 months (one year) from the date of the first (i.e. oldest) hours being claimed can be submitted. Older experience than that is not eligible for submission, except under exceptional circumstances.

 

I had hours logged while enrolled in the Intern Development Program (IDP) in the USA. Can any of my experience or examinations be submitted towards the Internship in Architecture Program?

Yes. Intern Architects that are transferring to British Columbia can obtain credit for their previously-accepted experience that was submitted while in the IDP. The Intern Architect must request a copy of their logbooks and proof of registration as an Intern Architect be sent from your exiting jurisdiction to the AIBC directly. In addition, the experience must be logged within the time requirements as outlined in Section 5.7 of AIBC Appendix B.

 

I am an Architect in another country. Can any of my experience be submitted towards the Internship in Architecture Program?

Yes, it is possible. These situations are assessed on a case by case basis and hour submissions are subject to an interview. It is not guaranteed that all submitted hours will be accepted. The experience must be logged within the time requirements as outlined in Section 5.5 of AIBC Appendix B.

 

I have already begun pursuing registration in another country (outside of Canada and the USA). Can any of my experience be submitted towards the Internship in Architecture Program?

If you have never been an intern in Canada or the USA before, you may be able to seek recognition for some of your work experience that was gained abroad. The AIBC considers these situations on a case by case basis, and submissions are subject to an interview process. In addition, the experience must be logged within the time requirements as outlined in Section 5.5 of AIBC Appendix B.

 

Can I get credit on the CERB form for the AIBC’s professional development courses?

No. Supplementary education is not accepted toward the IAP experience requirements.

 

I am enrolled in the IAP and have been offered work overseas in an architectural firm. Will I be able to log these experience hours with the AIBC?

Yes, if the experience is gained under direct supervision of a registered/licensed architect qualified to practice in that jurisdiction and who is recognized by the AIBC. Also, your mentor must sign off on that work experience. This experience must still be logged within the time requirements as outlined in Section 4.0 of AIBC Appendix B. An Experience Review Interview may be necessary to approve the hours. Please also take into consideration Section 3.0 regarding Local Knowledge and Currency of Experience.

 

Is there a time limit to when I need to finish the IAP?

You are eligible to remain an active Intern Architect AIBC as long as you maintain good standing by paying your annual membership fee. At the moment there is no expiry on courses or exams completed. Logged hours will also not expire, but if it has been more than 3 years between when you last logged hours and when you want to apply for registration as an architect then you may need to submit additional hours to keep your knowledge and experience current (refer to Appendix B, section 3.0)

EXAMS

 

When can I register for either the NCARB ARE or ExAC?

For the NCARB ARE, you will need to open an NCARB account on their website once you become accepted as an intern architect. Tests are scheduled online. For more information, refer to the NCARB website (www.ncarb.org).

For the EXAC, Intern Architects are required to have a minimum of 2800 approved hours by the end of the registration closing date. Please check the ExAC website for more details (www.exac.ca).

 

When are the exams scheduled?

For the NCARB ARE, intern architects can schedule the exams online through their NCARB account. Exams are completed online through testing centers.

For the ExAC, exams are scheduled only once a year in November. This is a written exam and completed over the course of two full days.

 

Once I pass all sections of the ExAC will they expire?

At the moment, no. Should this change please refer to the ExAC website for the most updated information.

 

Will my ExAC results be accepted elsewhere if I move to another Canadian province?

Yes. Your ExAC results can be transferred if you choose to complete your internship in another province.

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES

How do I register for courses?

Please visit our website to register online directly.

 

If the course I want to register in is full can I be wait listed?

Yes. Please contact our Professional Development Coordinator at professionaldevelopment@aibc.ca.

 

If I am wait listed for an earlier course and register for a later course will I be refunded once a space is available?

Yes. Please check the AIBC website as an administration fee may be applied for any course withdrawals and transfers.

 

Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?

No.

 

Can I receive credit for an AIBC course from a course I previously completed elsewhere?

This will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Please contact the Admissions Coordinator for more information.

 

ORAL REVIEW

Please refer to this Oral Review FAQs for more information about common questions relating to the Oral Reviews.

 

APPLYING FOR REGISTRATION

 

How long does it take to process my application for registration?

The turnaround time is approximately 4-6 weeks as each application must be passed by Registration Board and AIBC Council. Following this, a confirmation letter will be issued to you.

 

How do I apply for a stamp/seal?

Refer to the AIBC website to complete the application form.

 

Following my registration in BC, how do I get licensed as an architect in another Canadian province?

Refer to the AIBC website for more information about Canadian reciprocity.

 

Following my registration in BC, how do I get licensed as an architect in the United States or internationally?

Refer to the AIBC website for more information about international mobility.