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

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.