The vast majority of Canadian architects have completed a degree in architecture from a university program accredited by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB). An alternative way to become an architect is through the “apprenticeship” Syllabus Program offered by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).
University professional degree programs in architecture may last from five to seven years and provide training which includes critical analysis and integration of knowledge. Canadian programs are currently offered at both the pre-professional level (e.g. BAS, BES) and the professional level (M.Arch); however, the professional degree is granted only at the master’s level.