The Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) Program is an alternative pathway to licensure for foreign licensed architects. It was developed by the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) and is administered by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB). The Program assesses broadly based experience of foreign architects against the Canadian Standard of Competency for Architects.
“ Without BEFA, I am not sure where I am right now. Maybe working as a construction worker? Maybe as a technician hiding behind a computer screen? [Definitely] , not taking the lead of the Architectural team. BEFA has changed my life. ”
– Moe Latif, OAA
If you have the knowledge, the skills, and can apply them to professional practice here in Canada, we look forward to welcoming you as our peer, and are excited for you to begin this new phase of your career and life.
A Community For You
As a new immigrant, being able to work in your field allows for a much easier transition into society as a whole. Our Canadian architecture community is collaborative, creative and are excited by the new ideas, and unique perspectives that foreign architects such as yourself can bring to projects all across the country.