The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has announced that it has signed a new mutual recognition agreement with the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA). The agreement went into effect on Jan. 1.

"The new agreement respects each country's rigorous path to licensure, and serves as a bold model for mutual recognition agreements in the future," said 2013-2014 NCARB president Blakely Dunn, AIA, in a NCARB press release. NCARB maintains standards for licensing of architects in the U.S.

Under this agreement, licensed architects who have at least 2,000 hours of licensed experience and who work in a jurisdiction that has signed on the agreement can submit their NCARB Certificate to another jurisdiction that has also signed on. All provinces in Canada and 31 jurisdictions in the United States had signed on to the agreement as of Dec. 19, 2013, with more expected early this year.

This new agreement follows the prior reciprocity agreement between the two North American countries, signed in 1994 by NCARB and the Committee of Canadian Architectural Councils. The agreement notes, "The Committee of Canadian Architectural Councils no longer exists as an organization, such former Inter-Recognition Agreement is hereby declared no longer to exist."