NAFTA in 1994, which encouraged a debate between leaders and regulators of the architectural profession in Canada, the United States and Mexico to explore ways to facilitate mutual recognition of licences between the three countries. The agreement, combined with similar programs, opens doors for qualified architects, as the world and architectural offices are connected on a global scale. Architects interested in following the possibility of obtaining licences outside their home country should take a closer look at the conditions of participation and program information available on the Ontario Architects Association website, oaa.on.ca on behalf of CALA. The new agreement means that in North America, architects only have to obtain a licence in their home country to work across the continent, provided they meet a number of criteria. Please note that some U.S. jurisdictions have not signed this MRA; If your main place of administration is a U.S. jurisdiction that is not on the list of signatories, you cannot contact the AIBC in accordance with these provisions. Qualified architects from each country who meet the requirements of the agreement are granted a license to practice architecture in the host country. Representatives of the architectural authorities of Canada, the United States and Mexico announced a major mutual recognition agreement for architectural qualifications in the three countries, which allows architects to work beyond the borders of North America. The Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA), in collaboration with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) in the United States and the Federacion de Colegios de Arquitectos de la Republica Mexicana (FCARM), announced the final implementation of the Tri-National Mutual Recognition Agreement for the International Practice of Architecture between the United States, Canada and Mexico. For more details on the admission requirements and the application process, see The Tri-National MRA formulas. [Forms are available in English, French and Spanish] Tri-national skills A candidate who wishes to reciprolifeate under the Tri-National Mutualist Reciprocity Agreement must submit a file that includes work attesting to the following professional skills. More language requirements Learning proficiency in the language of the host country is a fundamental requirement of the agreement.
Application forms must be completed in the language of the host country. During the interview process, the architect is expected to communicate his skills and answer questions in the language of the host country without the help of translators. Home Country Status Architects licensed in Canada must hold a license/registration in good condition in one of the CALA jurisdictions. Architects licensed in a U.S. jurisdiction must have an active and up-to-date NCARB certificate. Mexican architects must first qualify for and complete the CONARC certification process. Before completing the application forms, architects seeking recognition by the Tri-National MRA must contact the national regulatory authority of their country of origin to understand all eligibility requirements. In Canada, additional information and registrations can be obtained from CALA through the Ontario Architects Association. Royalties for the completion of the trinational MRA process are reviewed by the host country`s national regulator and may be amended.