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Professional Association and Certification

The Canadian Architectural Certification Board accredits the M.Arch. professional degree. As an accredited degree program, successful completion of the M.Arch. leads directly to the certification of educational credentials, that in turn serves as prerequisite to seeking professional licensure.

Requirements for architectural registration vary within jurisdictions and applicants should confirm current details from the appropriate professional association. In general, the practice of architecture in Canada is governed by legislation enacted by the individual provinces. The right to practice architecture and accept responsibility is limited to those who are registered architects in the province where the work is being completed.

In British Columbia, the practice of architecture is regulated by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC). Students are encouraged to make contact with the profession by applying for admission to the AIBC as a Student Associate. Interested students should contact the AIBC directly.

Statement of Certification: In Canada, all provincial associations recommend a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit Canadian professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes two types of accredited degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture and the Master ofArchitecture. A program may be granted a five-year, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on its degree of conformance with established educational standards.

Note: Master's degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree, which, when earned sequentially, comprise an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself recognized as an accredited degree.

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