Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Continuing Education Opportunities


RAIC 2019 Continuing Education Program

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) is embarking on an ambitious continuing education program for 2019. As the national architectural advocacy and professional practice support body in Canada, the RAIC is a leading provider of high quality and engaging continuing education opportunities.



Continuing Education for Architects in Canada

For architects to maintain their architectural license in Canada, a number of structured/core and self-directed continuing education learning credits/hours must be obtained within a specific time frame. This amount of time is called a continuing education cycle, and the length and duration of these cycles are determined by the provincial associations of architecture. The number of hours of continuing education required is also specified by the provincial associations and currently differs among the provinces.

There is no formal approval/accreditation process for continuing education providers in Canada. Structured/core learning activities are developed, or reviewed, and delivered by the RAIC, a provincial/territorial association, or an independent continuing education provider. Self-directed activities are selected by the individual architect and must relate to the practice or business of architecture.

The RAIC provides courses for both members and non-members that are intended to be counted toward structured/core credits. An official RAIC certificate of attendance, including a description of the offering, learning outcomes, and the number of credits is issued following all RAIC continuing education offerings. The RAIC is responsible for all content generated by these courses, workshops, webinars, and rapid e-learning modules.

In addition to providing continuing education opportunities, the RAIC manages the National Continuing Education Database. In this role, the RAIC facilitates the management of the system and user accounts and transcripts. The RAIC does not upload any credits to the database, including for members or RAIC-issued continuing education credits.

The provincial associations currently participating in the database are:

•    Saskatchewan Association of Architects
•    Nova Scotia Association of Architects
•    Newfoundland Association of Architects
•    North West Territories Association of Architects
•    Architects’ Association of New Brunswick
•    Architects Association of Prince Edward Island


RAIC Member Benefits

Members receive special pricing on most RAIC continuing education programs year-round.



RAIC members who renewed their 2019 membership before January 1, 2019 are now eligible to redeem their free 2019 Webday webinar (one hour) valued at $25, or their $50 voucher on continuing education sessions valued at $500 or more.

To redeem your voucher, please call Kristen Gagnon at 613-241-3600 ext 203.


Online Learning

The RAIC is a strong proponent of online learning. As such, a variety of delivery methods and course scopes will be available. This includes weekly one-hour “Webday” webinars on Wednesdays (to be structured around a monthly theme); live-streamed courses; online rapid e-learning modules, and online credit-based courses.


Webday Wednesdays

'Webday Wednesdays' are webinar-based learning opportunities organized into monthly, thematic mini-series, comprised of multiple related webinars in both English and French. Each of these weekly webinars are presented by a different subject matter expert in the field being explored. 

Upcoming Series:

•    April: Architectural Design Processes
•    May: Advanced Building Envelopes
•    November: Wood Architecture + Construction
•    December: Marketing + Communications in Architecture


RAIC Emerging Practitioners (EP) Webinars

RAIC EP Bidding & Contract Award and Contract Admin Webinar 2019

Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14 - Live in Toronto and Online

Your success in the 2019 ExAC exams is important not only to your career but to the profession; this is why the RAIC Emerging Practitioners group have developed a comprehensive and interactive Contract Administration live webinar and lecture session with CA expert, CHOP contributor, and experienced instructor Jim Mansfield and Senior Contract Administrator, Michael Paquette. This advanced course goes beyond the reference materials into the practical application of the procedures and theory giving you insights to Bidding & Contract Award and Contract Administration you could not learn by studying alone.

In-person venue provided by: KPMB Architects

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Click here for more info and to register. 


Workshops and Cross-Country Courses

Following a popular 2018 schedule, the RAIC is pleased to announce that the Project Management for Architects course (more information below) will be taking place in additional cities across the country in 2019. Cities include: Toronto, Halifax, Winnipeg, Montreal, and Victoria.

In addition, a number of cross-country courses are currently in development for the RAIC's new 'For Architects' series. These include: 

  • Collaborative Leadership Skills for Architects
  • Financial Management for Architects
  • The Practical Application of Contracts for Architects

The RAIC will also present limited-edition workshops in heritage conservation, based on unique opportunities and special site access, in 2019 and 2020. These workshops will address the following topics:

  • Adaptive Reuse Design Charrette
  • Practical Hands-on Application of the Standards & Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada
  • Emerging Technologies and the Intersection of Heritage Architecture


Project Management for Architects Course

This two-part course will provide both project management knowledge in the context of architectural practice as well as prepare participants for the Project Management Institute’s PMP® certification exam. The course is divided over two sessions, two weeks apart, with each session running from the Thursday evening to Saturday afternoon (41 hours total).

The course will include:

• Project management tools and templates for architectural practice;
• 35 hours of instruction plus a 6-hour practical workshop in which participants will learn to use the tools and templates; 
• A premium PMP® certification exam preparation kit including textbook, study aids, online resources, and an online test question bank.

The RAIC’s Project Management for Architects course will:

1. Provide architectural interns, emerging practitioner, and emerging proprietors with a solid grounding in contemporary project management practices, tools and techniques.
2. Prepare participants to write the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam.

Click here for upcoming cities, dates and registration.

Click here for the course outline. 


2019 Festival of Architecture

The RAIC’s annual Festival of Architecture, taking place in Toronto from October 26 to November 2, 2019, is an excellent opportunity to accumulate a significant number of continuing education credits in a short time span, and from leading experts in the field.

In previous years, attendees have been able to receive up to 13.5 structured/core credits in just a few days, in addition to the keynotes, social events, networking and other opportunities that Festival delivers.



POP // CAN // CRIT 2019: Education and Emergence of Architects in Canada

As an addition to the official festival programming for 2019, the annual, national POP // CAN // CRIT Symposium will take place in Toronto on October 26, in partnership with the festival. POP // CAN // CRIT 2019: Education and Emergence of Architects in Canada will also be eligible for RAIC continuing education hours.

Call for Educators

The RAIC is looking for educators (instructors and subject matter experts) to assist in the production and delivery of its exceptional continuing education program. An ongoing call for webinar presentations and presenters is currently open. Content-specific calls will also be shared here and in the RAIC Continuing Education Bulletin. 

Have more questions? Interested in becoming involved in the production or delivery of the RAIC’s continuing education program? Please contact:

RAIC Continuing Education Bulletin

To share the latest updates on continuing education opportunities, the RAIC has introduced a bi-weekly RAIC Continuing Education Bulletin. Be sure to keep an eye on your inbox for new events, important deadlines, and future offerings.




Webday Wednesdays - Adaptive Reuse Series - March 2019


Project Management for Architects - Winnipeg 2019


RAIC EP Bidding & Contract Award and Contract Administration Webinar - April 2019