The Internship in Architecture Program (IAP) is a profession-wide, comprehensive program administered by the Canadian Architectural Licencing Associations (CALA). The Program contributes to the development of architects who can provide high quality architectural services. A comprehensive internship program is necessary to acquire and reinforce the knowledge, integrity, judgment, skills, discipline and quest for learning that must serve the architect for a lifetime.

An Intern Architect is an individual whose education has been certified by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB), and who has been accepted into the Internship in Architecture Program (IAP) by an Architectural Licensing Authority in Canada.

Intern Architects work towards completing the post-graduate requirements (continuing education, experience and examination) of the Internship in Architecture Program in order to become a registered architect in their province/territories.

For enrolment as an Intern Architect, application must be made to the provincial/territories association of architects, and the following information must be provided:

  • CACB certificate (or recognized equivalent)
  • names of Employer (if employed) and Mentor and confirmation from each on the application form
  • payment of fees (which are established annually by the provincial/territories association).

Key Individuals Who Share This Responsibility

  • The Employer is the individual within the firm or organization who personally supervises and directs the Intern on a daily basis. The Employer regularly assesses the quality of work performed and certifies the Intern's documentation of work experience activity.
  • The Mentor is an architect selected by the Intern or Student. The Mentor should not be employed by the same firm as the Intern or Student. The Mentor meets with the Intern/Student for regular reviews of experience progress, discussion of career objectives and broader issues related to the profession and the registration/licensing process.

Knowledge and Currency of Experience in the Northwest Territories

The NWTAA requires the Intern Architects to demonstrate knowledge of local conditions of practice and currency of experience in the Northwest Territories as a requirement for licensing. The Intern Architect must complete at least 940 hours of experience in the Northwest Territories under the personal supervision and direction of a person licensed to engage in the practice of architecture in the Northwest Territories. This experience must be completed under the categories A, B or C of the Canadian Experience Record Book within the three years prior to the date on which Application for Registration is made.

Application Requirements

Reporting Requirements

Interns are required to attain 3720 hours of work experience to complete their internship.  Experience is reviewed and evaluated at the end of each 900-1000 hours of architectural experience or at the change of employement.  Interns (and their mentors) must complete, review and submit their hours via the Canadian Experience Record Book (CERB).

The following must be submitted at each reporting period:

Examination for Architects in Canada (ExAC)

Intern Architects are eligible to register for the Examination for Architects in Canada (ExAC) once they have attained and recorded at least 2800 hours of experience. For more information, see Examination for Architects in Canada.