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Excerpt of announcement:
“The Tri-National Mutual Recognition Agreement for International Practice of Architecture was jointly developed by NCARB, the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA), and the Federacion de Colegios de Arquitectos de la Republica Mexicana (FCARM) in order to remove barriers and provide qualified architects the opportunity to offer professional services across borders while ensuring the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare.
The terms of the MRA outline specific requirements that architects must satisfy when pursuing mutual recognition. Qualified architects from each country will be granted a credential that will lead to a license to practice architecture in the host country. These requirements include educational and experience qualifications, as well as submitting documentation to confirm the individual’s credentials. A few of the basic eligibility requirements include:
- Citizenship or permanent residency status in the United States, Canada, or Mexico
- Completion of a professional degree in architecture from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB/CCCA), Acreditadora Naciaonal de Programas de Arquitectura y Disciplinas del Espacio Habitable (ANPADEH), or recognized equivalent;
- A minimum of 10 years of post-licensure experience in their home jurisdiction;
- Proof of “Good Standing” in their home jurisdiction as verified by the local regulatory authority;
- Knowledge of the codes, laws, and other matters applicable to the Practice of Architecture in the host country;
- Submission of a dossier of work to satisfy the specific competencies outlined in the agreement related to “responsible control and comprehensive practice”;
- Completion of an interview before a review panel in the host country conducted in the language of the host country.
Additional details on the eligibility requirements and application process are included in Tri-National MRA Forms. [Forms in English, French, and Spanish are coming soon!]”