Exam Application Procedures

Qualifying Examinations - ExAC
The Examination for Architects in Canada (ExAC)
The Examination for Architects in Canada (ExAC) which, to date, all of the Canadian Licensing Authorities have adopted, was developed to test the minimum standards of competency acquired by an Intern during the Internship period, to ensure both public safety and the professional and skilled delivery of architectural services.

ExAC Based On International Standards

The first priority of the Licensing Authorities that developed the ExAC was to create an examination in French and English that meets international standards for the development, administration, scoring, and reporting of licensing examination.

Test consultants were part of the development teams throughout the entire process.


The ExAC is composed of 4 sections and covers the following topic areas, as set out in the Internship in Architecture Program:
•  Programming 
•  Site Analysis
•  Schematic Design
Engineering Systems Coordination
Building Cost Analysis
Code Research
•  Design Development
•  Construction Documents
•  Specifications and Materials Research
Document Checking and Coordination
Bidding and Contract Negotiations
Construction Phase - Office
Construction Phase - Site
Project Management
Office Management

Please visit www.exac.ca for more details.


NCARB Architect Registration Examinations (AREs)
Every provincial association requires the Intern to pass the NCARB Architect Registration Examination (ARE) to satisfy its examination requirement. The ARE examines candidates for their knowledge, skills and ability to provide the various services required in the design and construction of buildings.  

The ARE is administered exclusively on computers at a network of Prometric Test Centres across Canada and the United States. Once registered, Interns have the opportunity to take the examination on any day a centre is open and may take the divisions in any sequence they choose.   

For more information on the contents of the examination, eligibility and scheduling procedures, visit
www.ncarb.org.
NCARB vs. ExAC
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