CAREERS IN ARCHITECTURE

Experience

The Experience component of the IAP is a standardized national system for periodic documentation and evaluation of internship activities. It provides a structured transition between formal education and registration/licensing, allowing the Intern to gain sufficient experience to meet professional standards of practice. The program also encourages experienced practitioners to become more involved in the development of their future colleagues.

Interns have an Employer and a Mentor. The Employer supervises and directs the Intern on a daily basis, while the Mentor is an architect outside the Intern's place of employment who acts in an advisory capacity to the Intern.

An Intern must complete a minimum of 3,720 hours of mandatory experience in specified areas of architectural practice, in an approved employment setting.

Experience must be documented in the Canadian Experience Record Book, which is included with the Intern Program manual. The experience forms must be signed by the Employer and Mentor.

To enroll as an Intern, an individual's academic qualifications must be certified by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB). This is a straightforward process for graduates of a CACB or NAAB accredited program.

Candidates who are actively enrolled in the RAIC Syllabus Program are also eligible to start logging experience as a Student Member of the MAA once they have completed Part 1 of the RAIC Syllabus Program.

For more information:

Guidelines for Supervising Architects and Mentors (PDF Format; 200 KB)

Experience Area Description (PDF Format; 181 KB)