Reciprocal Licensing for Architects From Other Canadian or U.S. Jurisdictions

Canadian Reciprocity
Canadian Architects currently Registered/Licensed in good standing with another Architectural Association in Canada may seek registration via the Canadian Reciprocity Application for Registration.

Please review the application and provide all the required documentation.

Confirmation of Registration

•  Applicants requesting to register with The AAA:
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 to Registration to be prepared and emailed directly to the AAA. 
   
•  AAA Members requesting a confirmation of registration:
Confirmation requests to the AAA must be made via the Confirmation of Licence/Registration Application found below. The Association will then complete and forward a Confirmation of Licence/Registration Form to the requested Canadian Association. The AAA member will be advised when the confirmation has been forwarded.

U.S. / Canadian Reciprocity

U.S. Architects currently Registered/Licensed in good standing in States/Territories signatory to the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) between the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) which took effect January 1, 2014 may seek registration via the U.S. and Canada Reciprocity Application for Registration.

Please review the application and provide all the required documentation.
 

NCARB Certificate Record

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 at
www.ncarb.org.

Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA)
The updated Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) between the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) has taken effect as of January 1, 2014.

In order for Canadian or U.S. architects to take advantage of this opportunity, their principle place of practice and the jurisdiction they are seeking licensure in must have signed the agreement.

Architects in jurisdictions participating in the new agreement must have a valid licence to practise architecture in their home country, plus 2,000 hours (approximately one year) of post-licensure experience. This agreement is only available to citizens or permanent residents of Canada or the U.S. Architects in Canada or the U.S. will use the NCARB Certificate to send their information between jurisdictions. The architect must comply with all practice requirements of the jurisdiction and is subject to all governing legislation and regulations of the jurisdictions. Please see the full agreement below.
Mutual Recognition Agreement
(Adobe PDF File)

Signatory States/Territories
This list contains those State Licensing Boards which will accept Certificate Holders for registration to practice architecture in its jurisdiction without any further demonstration of qualification by the Certificate Holder other than, in the case of certain State Licensing Boards, a demonstration that the Certificate Holder is familiar with local laws, conditions and practice requirements.

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

Signatory Provinces/Territories
This list contains Canadian Provincial Associations and Territories which will Register as Registered Architects those Certificate Holders whose Principal Place of Practice is in the jurisdiction of a Member Board listed in Schedule 1, without further demonstration of qualification by the Certificate Holder other than, in the case of certain Associations, a demonstration that the Certificate Holder is familiar with local laws, conditions and practice requirements.

Alberta Newfoundland & Labrador Prince Edward Island
British Columbia Northwest Territories Quebec
Manitoba Nova Scotia Saskatchewan
New Brunswick  Ontario