New Designated Educational Credential Assessment Organization for Architects

Ottawa, April 15, 2024 — Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced the designation of a new professional body for issuing Educational Credential Assessments (ECAs) for architects interested in immigrating to Canada.

As part of the eligibility criteria for economic permanent residence programs, applicants must demonstrate that their foreign degrees, diplomas, or certificates are authentic and equivalent to Canadian credentials. This is typically done by obtaining an ECA from an IRCC-designated multi-purpose ECA organization or professional body.

Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) Designation

Effective May 20, 2024, the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) will be designated by the Minister to issue ECAs for applicants whose primary occupation falls under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) of Architects (code 21200). ECAs issued by the CACB will precisely evaluate how foreign educational credentials align with the Canadian standards required for practicing architecture. These ECAs are also recognized as a vital step in the licensing process for architects in Canada.

What This Means for Applicants

If you are an architect considering immigration to Canada and your occupation falls under NOC code 21200, obtaining an ECA from the CACB will be essential. This assessment will give you a detailed understanding of how your foreign educational credentials are viewed in Canada’s context.

How to Obtain an ECA from the CACB

Detailed information on the ECA process, including instructions on how and when to obtain an ECA from the CACB, will be available online. This information empowers applicants with the knowledge they need to navigate the ECA process effectively and make informed decisions.

Stay tuned for updates on the ECA process from the CACB and take the necessary steps to ensure your educational credentials are appropriately assessed for your immigration journey to Canada.

For more information on ECAs and immigration updates, visit the IRCC website and Home – Guide Me (

This blog post provides crucial details about the newly designated Educational Credential Assessment organization for architects immigrating to Canada. Stay informed and take the necessary steps for a smooth immigration process!

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