Internship in Architecture Program (IAP)

The Internship in Architecture Program (IAP) is a comprehensive program administered by the AAA and intended to instill the integrity, judgement, and skills necessary for a successful career as a Registered Architect (RA).
To Become an Intern Architect (IA), an individual must:
  • Have a masters degree in architecture or equivalent
  • Have received certification of their academic qualifications from the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB)
  • Submit a completed Intern Architect Application
IAP Program
The AAA in conjunction with all other provincial regulators, launched the fourth edition of the IAP program manual. This updated manual included changes to the Appendix A Categories in the Canadian Experience Record Book (CERB) and the minimum hours required. Only the fourth edition logbooks will be accepted by the AAA after June 20, 2022.

This national document outlines and explains the standards of the IAP. A PDF version of the manual is also available in French.  

Provincial-specific requirements to the IAP are found in Appendix B of the IAP Manual. These requirements include program specifics such as timelines for the recording and submission of logbooks, and currency of knowledge.
To successfully complete the IAP, Interns must achieve:
  • 3,720 hours (minimum two calendar years*) of approved work experience logged under the direct supervision of their supervisor (employer) and mentor**,
  • The successful completion of the ExAC or NCARB examination,
  • A successful interview with the AAA Registration Committee, and
  • Successful completion of the Architects Act course as part of licensure requirements.
The Road Map to Registration provides a visual representation of the above steps and anticipated timelines required to become a Registered Architect with the AAA. 

If you have any questions about the IAP, the IAP Manual or application requirements, please contact:
*IAs are responsible for arranging their own supervisor and mentor relationship. 

**All IAs who have not completed the IAP after five years will be reclassified as IA5s and assessed annual dues for the same amount as registered/licensed members for the current year and every year thereafter. 

All IA5s who have not completed the IAP after seven years from commencement will be reclassified as IA7s and required to participate in the AAA’s Professional Development Program and pay dues as laid out in RB-03 - Intern Annual Dues and Professional Development Policy.

All interns must complete their internship within 10 years