About BEFA

Find out what architects are saying about the BEFA Program as an alternative pathway to licensure in architecture in Canada for foreign architects.

The Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) Program is an alternative pathway to licensure for foreign licensed architects. It was developed by the Regulatory Organizations of Architecture in Canada (ROAC) and is administered by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB).

Potential applicants should visit the CALA website (www.roac.ca) to review international agreements in place between Canada and other countries to determine the best pathway to licensure in Canada for their situation.

The BEFA Program assesses broadly based experience of foreign architects against the Canadian Standard of Competency for Architects.

Applicants who meet the Program eligibility requirements can apply for BEFA Certification through a process which consists of an online demonstration of competency and an interview with an assessment panel comprised of Canadian architects.

Successful BEFA applicants are granted BEFA Certification, which represents recognition of compliance with the Canadian Standard of Competency for Architects.

BEFA Certification allows you to apply for licensure as an architect in the Provincial/Territorial Association you have chosen to register.

Certification Process


Demonstration of Competency


BEFA Certification