Reciprocal Registration

Several agreements allow for practising architects from specific jurisdictions to obtain registration/licensing across provincial and national borders. These agreements apply to architects registered with the AAA as well as architects from outside of Alberta. 

Please select the jurisdiction below to learn more about the practise agreements currently in place. 
Canadian Reciprocity
US Mutual Recognition Agreement
Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation

Canadian Reciprocity

Canadian architects currently registered/licensed and in good standing with another provincial architecture association in Canada may seek AAA membership as a Registered Architect (RA) via the Canadian Reciprocity Application for Registration.

Please review the Canadian Reciprocity Application and ensure you provide the following required documentation:

  • Copy of a Government issued photo identification;
  • Confirmation of Registration from home jurisdiction/principal place of practise in Canada has been requested from home jurisdiction to be sent to the AAA;
  • Copy of current resume/CV;
  • Identification photograph and Consent Declaration attached, signed and notarized;
  • Architect Act course information completed. For more information on this course, please click here; and
  • Registration fee and annual dues payment provided.

A Confirmation of Registration is required from applicants seeking reciprocal registration from any Canadian jurisdiction. The applicant must contact their primary jurisdiction in Canada to request a Confirmation of Registration to be prepared and emailed directly to the AAA.
 
AAA Members Practising Across Canada
AAA RAs that wish to obtain registration/licensure in another province must apply to the provincial architecture association of their desired destination of practice. Please contact the desired provincial association directly for information on their registration requirements.

To obtain a Confirmation of Registration from the AAA, please submit a Confirmation of Licence/Registration Application. The AAA will complete and forward a Confirmation of Registration to the requested provincial architecture association and advise the member.
 

United States Reciprocity

The updated Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) between the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) took effect on January 1, 2014. This allows architects in jurisdictions participating in the new agreement to seek registration via the AAA’s U.S. and Canada Reciprocity Registration Application

Architects in jurisdictions participating in the new agreement must be citizens or permanent residents of their home country (Canada or United States). They must also have a valid licence to practise architecture in their home jurisdiction, plus 2,000 hours (approximately one year) of post-licensure experience. 

Applicants are required to contact the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) to request their NCARB Certificate Record (Blue Book) to be forwarded directly to the AAA.

The following jurisdictions currently participate in the MRA:
 
Alberta
British Columbia
Manitoba
New Brunswick
Newfoundland & Labrador
Northwest Territories
Nova Scotia
Ontario
Prince Edward Island
Quebec
Saskatchewan

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Georgia
Guam
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Mexico
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
US Virgin Islands
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
 

Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Architect Project

Canada is a participant in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Architect Project, an initiative intended to allow participating economies to enter into bilateral or multi-lateral arrangements which give senior architects in their economies access to fast-track cross-border registration procedures.

Canada, Australia and New Zealand have signed a mutual recognition arrangement (MRA) that allows for fast-track cross-border registrations of senior architects between the three economies.

To become a Canadian APEC Architect, applicants must have at least seven years of professional experience as a registered/licensed architect in the following categories: preliminary studies and preparation of briefs, design, contract documentation and administration. 

APEC applications are vetted by the Canadian APEC Architect Monitoring Committee at the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC). For more information on this process visit the AIBC website.

Visit the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) APEC page for more information, application forms and an up-to-date register of Canadian APEC Architects.