New Program Helps Foreign-Trained Architects

Canada is rolling out a new program designed to help foreign-trained architects get necessary local accreditation and eventually jobs in their field.

The 1.6 million dollar foreign credentials program, titled Integration of Broadly Experienced Foreign Architects in Canada project, has two key components: the creation of a “fair, efficient and timely” national system to evaluate and licence immigrant architects with international education and work experience, and a new bridging course.

The bridging program to help the foreign-trained architects get necessary Canadian qualification and the much-wanted ‘Canadian experience’ will be developed by the Athabasca University, and is expected to start next September.

Under the program, Architecture Canada, which is the national regulating body for architects, will evaluate the training and experience of the applicants, and then assign them academic programs at Athabasca University.

Programs to Integrate Foreign-Trained Professionals

The program for architects is one of the eight professions that come under the Canadian government’s Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications program, which seeks to accelerate the integration of foreign-trained trained professionals.

The other professions are engineers, registered nurses, financial auditors and accountants, medical lab technologists, occupational therapists, pharmacists and physiotherapists. Starting end of this year, those from these professions can have it confirmed whether or not their qualifications are valid in Canada, within a year of applying.


The Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications Program

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