Fact Sheet - Architect

Regulated profession (NOC 2021)
Regulatory bodyManitoba Association of Architects (MAA)
Regulated titles
  • Architect
  • Registered Architect
  • Use of M.A.A. after name
National bodiesThe Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) certifies educational qualifications of individual architectural graduates, accredits professional architecture programs at Canadian universities and certifies professional qualifications of broadly experienced foreign architects.
Membership associationsThe Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) offers various membership categories, including Student Associate membership for those who are enrolled full-time in an eligible professional degree program.
Registration processSee MAA - Requirements for Foreign Applicants.

There are two pathways to licensure for foreign licensed applicants:
Credential assessmentSee MAA - Requirements for Foreign Applicants.
Language proficiencyFor the CACB - Academic Certification pathway, see CACB - Conditions and Procedures for the Certification of Educational Qualifications (Part C: Procedures and Standards for Assessment of Nonaccredited Degrees or Diplomas).

For the Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) Program pathway, contact the BEFA Coordinator via the information at the bottom of the BEFA - Eligibility page.
Professional competency profilesIndividuals pursuing the Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) Program pathway are required to prove their competencies in 12 categories that illustrate the role of an architect. See CACB - Demonstration of Competency.

These same 12 competencies will be useful for individuals pursuing the CACB - Academic Certification pathway.
Essential skills profileGo to Job Bank - Explore careers by essential skills, search for the occupation via name or NOC code, and view the essential skills profile.
Employment outlookGo to Job Bank - Explore job outlooks, search the occupation name or NOC code, and view employment outlook by provinces and regions across Canada.
Job search toolsSee MAA - Employment.

To search job postings in any occupation, visit Job Bank or Work in Manitoba.
Related occupations/alternate careers (NOC 2021)Below are examples of occupations in the broader field of architecture, design, and construction:

  • 22212 – Drafting technologists and technicians*
  • 22210 – Architectural technologists and technicians*
  • 22303 – Construction estimators
  • 22300 – Civil engineering technologists and technicians*
  • 22211 – Industrial designers
  • 51111 – Authors and writers (except technical)
  • 51112 – Technical writers

*Employers may require professional certification with the Certified Technicians & Technologists Association of Manitoba (CTTAM).

While each occupation will have its own set of employment requirements, none are regulated occupations in Manitoba and therefore do not have certification/registration requirements with a professional regulatory body. Employers often, however, require applicants to have job-specific experience, training, and/or certification. Always check the hiring criteria carefully. Hiring criteria is set by the employer and will vary from employer to employer.
Last updated December 2022.


  1. This fact sheet serves as a guide and will be updated periodically. When researching information on professional registration processes, always refer to the regulator to ensure accurate, up-to-date information.
  2. The Government of Canada updates the National Occupational Classification (NOC) every five years. At present, users can access four versions of NOC (2021, 2016, 2011, and 2006) on the NOC website. When searching an occupation on the NOC website, always use the most recent version (NOC 2021).
  3. The regulatory body is the only organization that can grant entry into a regulated occupation via registration and the issuing of a licence or certificate. Other organizations (e.g., national bodies, regional bodies, membership associations, etc.) are not regulatory bodies.