Foreign-Trained Architects

The Broadly Experienced Foreign Architects (BEFA) program streamlines the process for foreign-trained architects to become certified for licensure in Canada.

The BEFA program assesses broadly based experience of foreign architects against Pan-Canadian standards of competency for practice in Canada. Foreign architects who meet the Program eligibility requirements can apply for BEFA Certification through a process which consists of an on-line self-assessment and an interview with licensed architects.

For more information, please visit the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) website
or contact the BEFA Coordinator at befacoord@cacb.ca.

Once an applicant has successfully completed the BEFA process, they will be granted a BEFA certificate. When BEFA Certification is issued by CACB, it will serve as a recommendation for recognition as an equivalent to successful completion of the Canadian Education, Experience, and Examination Standards that are in place for licensure by a provincal or territorial licensing body. With the BEFA Certificate, you can apply for licensure to the Provincial/Territorial Association you have chosen to register with.