RAIC Syllabus Professional Diploma
The RAIC Syllabus offers an accessible alternative through a direct, self-paced program of academic studies, design studios, and practical experience leading to the RAIC Professional Diploma in Architecture - accepted in Canada as equivalent to a Professional University Degree in Architecture. Graduates from the Syllabus are entitled to use the designation "Dipl. Arch." indicating that they have completed all requirements of the RAIC Syllabus Diploma Program.
In 1978 the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Certification Board established the RAIC Syllabus, an enhancement expansion of Provincial Architecture Association Minimum Syllabus programs. The Syllabus is a high quality, unique program that permits people working in the architecture profession to proceed through an alternative, interactive and stimulating course of study to reach professional registration. The Program has been developed for those who find it impossible to attend a School of Architecture, although such study at the university level is recommended.
Diploma Program candidates, who have completed all academic and design studio requirements for Part 1 of the curriculum, apply to become a Student Associate of the Provincial Architectural Association, and are issued the Canadian Experience Record Book (CERB) to log practical experience. CERB reports are then filed by the student with both the Provincial Association and the RAIC Syllabus for the duration of the Diploma Program.
Following graduation from the RAIC Syllabus, and issuance of the RAIC Professional Diploma in Architecture, the graduate then applies to the CACB for certification of their academic qualifications. Depending on individual Provincial Association requirements, Diploma Program candidates write their Professional Examination while completing the Final Design Thesis, upon completion of the Final Design Thesis, or following certification by the CACB. Internship requirements following academic certification also vary from province to province.
Upon completion of all Provincial Association requirements, the RAIC Syllabus graduate becomes a Registered Architect.
For more information, please visit the RAIC Syllabus website