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Certificate of Academic Qualification

Architecture graduates from an accredited institution of the RAIC Syllabus program who wish to become licensed and practice in Ontario must have their academic qualifications certified by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) before registering with the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) to complete the Intern Architect Program (IAP).

Further enquiries to the CACB can be made at:

1 Nicholas Street, Suite 1508
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 7B7

Tel: (613) 241-8399
Email: info@cacb.ca
Web: www.cacb.ca

Intern Architect Program

To become an Intern Architect in Ontario and begin logging hours in the Canadian Experience Record Book (CERB) you must first register with the OAA. More information can be found on the OAA site.

Enquiries to the OAA can be made to:

Jessica O’Rafferty, Administrator
111 Moatfield Drive,
Toronto, Ontario
M3B 3L6

Tel: (416) 449-6898 x 204
Toll Free: 1 (800) 565-2724
Web: www.oaa.on.ca


The ExAC is the Examination for Architects in Canada.  ExAC has been offered since 2008 and has now been adopted by all of the Canadian Licensing Authorities.  More information can be found here: www.exac.ca

The ARE (Architect Registration Examination) is available through NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards).  More information can be found here: http://www.ncarb.org/ARE.aspx


ORSA has a library of the Kaplan ARE study guides and materials for ARE 4.0 which can be borrowed for two weeks free of charge. *

3 Copies are available of each binder (maximum loan period of 2 binders for 2 weeks):

  • Architectural History, 2nd Edition
  • Building Design & Construction Systems, 2009 Edition
  • Construction Documents & Services, 2009 Edition
  • Structural Systems, 2009 Edition
  • Building Systems, 2009 Edition
  • Schematic Design, 2009 Edition
  • Programming, Planning & Practice, 2009 Edition
  • Site Planning & Design, 2009 Edition

With the exception of Architectural History, each binder includes:

  • a study guide
  • a question & answer handbook
  • and for the Graphic Divisions, Practice Vignettes

Also available are 2 sets of flashcards for each ARE segment.

* Please note:

  • all study guides and materials are available to ORSA members only
  • a replacement fee (cost of replacement) will be charged if the study guides and materials are not returned intact, and on time

We also have the Dorf publication, “Solutions” to help you with preparation for the Graphic portion of the exams.

For more information, please contact your ORSA Intern Rep, Simeon Rivier: intern-support@orsa.ca