Frequently Asked Questions About the IAP Changes

These FAQs are intended to be used as a quick reference. Please see Appendix B of the Internship in Architecture Program for more detailed information.

Q:
Can an Intern log backdated hours prior to acquiring CACB if worked under the supervision of an Architect and has a mentor?
A:
No, only hours logged while registered as an Intern can be reviewed and approved.

Q: Can I still write either ExAC or NCARB under the new program?
A:
Yes, you can write either.

Q: Interns deciding whether to register with AAA or another province, or those who are working overseas and logging hours in Canada, do they require Alberta hours or are all out-of-province hours acceptable?
A:
Section 2.2 of the IAP - Local Knowledge/Currency of Experience states, "CALA jurisdictions may require the Intern to demonstrate knowledge of local conditions of architectural practice as a requirement of registration/licensure." Section 2.0 of the IAP Appendix B states, the Intern must "complete at least 940 hours of experience in Alberta under the personal supervision and direction of a Registered Architect licensed to engage in the practice of architecture in Alberta. Under the IAP, the 940 hours must be completed under Categories A, B, or C of the Record of Architectural Experience (RAE)."

Q:
Are hours acceptable if they are worked under an Architect but no mentor?
A:
It is a requirement that all hours are signed off by a mentor. Should difficulties arise with the sign-off, contact the AAA as soon as possible.

Q:
If an Intern has not logged hours for the past five years, are hours on file still valid? Are more logged hours required? Is it up to the Registration Committee to decide?
A:
All hours approved remain on file and are valid. An Intern must remember that the Experience Hours requirement is a MINIMUM and the Registration Committee may request more hours. It is recommended that the Intern continues to log hours until registered as an Architect. The Registration Committee would ask for 'currency' in experience.

Q: Section 3.0 of the IAP Appendix B states, that late submission is subject to late fees if not submitted within 8 weeks of the last submission. What does this mean?
A:
Example: Submission period of the Record of Architectural Experience (RAE) is January to June 2012. This logbook must be submitted by the end of August 2012 (within 8 weeks), or else late fees will apply.