The Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) and the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) have signed a mutual recognition agreement (MRA), giving architects the opportunity to work across the Atlantic Ocean. The agreement comes into force in 2019.
“We have been working on this initiative with our European counterparts for a number of years. This mutual recognition agreement will provide new access for Canadian architects to undertake projects in the European Union,” said Peter Streith, FRAIC, chair of the international relations committee of CALA.
The agreement brings trans-Atlantic recognition of professional credentials under the auspices of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a free-trade agreement between Canada, the European Union (EU), and its member states.
Qualified architects satisfying the requirements of the agreement will be granted a credential leading to a license to practice in the host country. This pact outlines specific requirements architects must satisfy when pursuing mutual recognition. Requirements include education, internship, and work qualifications, as well as submitting documentation to confirm the individual’s credentials.