Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect Program
NCARB certification requires satisfaction of the education, training, and examination requirements outlined in the Certification Guidelines:
BEFA Eligibility - Foreign architects are eligible to apply for an NCARB Certificate through the Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) Program if they:
- Have graduated with a professional degree in architecture from an accredited/ validated/officially recognized architecture program
- Are currently credentialed as an architect in a country other than the United States and Canada (NCARB provides certification for architects registered in Canada) that:
- Has a formal record keeping method for disciplinary actions for architects, and
- Have completed a minimum of seven years of comprehensive, unlimited practice as a credentialed architect over which the applicant exercised responsible control in the foreign country where the applicant is credentialed
The BEFA Program allows foreign architects to demonstrate competence to independently practice architecture, while protecting the public health, safety, and welfare to meet the examination requirement of NCARB certification.
To learn more about BEFA Program Process, click here.