Skip To Content

Athabasca University

RAIC Syllabus Students

Students who are interested in this program should first register with the RAIC to ensure they qualify for professional certification at the end of the program. In the Syllabus, students will complete 9800 hours of work experience while taking academic courses and design studios. The design studios are run by the RAIC in major cities across Canada and are face-to-face rather than virtual. The academic courses are run by Athabasca University and are online. The RAIC also supervises the work experience component.

The terminal credential in this program is the RAIC Syllabus Diploma. There are two routes to this diploma.

  1. The Degree Route
    Beginning in July 2014, students may choose to complete the BSc Arch, the GDA (Graduate Diploma in Architecture) and 9800 hours of work experience under the supervision of a licensed Canadian architect.

    Students seeking transfer credit for their previous syllabus course work will find the AU equivalents here.

  2. The Existing Route
    Students may also choose to only complete the courses and studios required by Part I, II and III and 9800 hours of work experience under the supervision of a licensed Canadian architect. There are fewer courses in this route but students do not earn the BSc Arch or GDA.

In both cases successful students will receive the RAIC Syllabus Diploma and may then apply for individual certification by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB). This, in turn, will make a student eligible to apply for membership with a provincial architectural association – although students may be required to complete exams and additional internship hours.

You will find the Syllabus Diploma application steps listed here.

As the Syllabus program is an extensive work study program, some students may take 10 years or more to complete all program requirements.

For further information pertaining to the Syllabus Diploma registrations please contact RAIC at 1-844-856-RAIC (7242)

Updated June 19 2019 by Student & Academic Services

AU, CANADA'S OPEN UNIVERSITY, is an internationally recognized leader in online and distance learning.