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Application for Student Member


Please Note: This application is for a business engaging in the practice of architecture in Nova Scotia. Only one Corporate Permit is issued to each entity. You must complete this form only if:

  • you are the licensed architect responsible for business registrations at your Business; and
  • you are either an owner, partner, officer, or director of that Business.
 In order for this application to be processed you must:

  • Complete this application in full
  • Upload all required documents (see document list below)
  • Pay all applicable fees
All correspondence from NSAA will be sent via email. You must use an email address that you monitor regularly when registering with the Association. Please add to your safe senders list.


If you will be uploading your documents with this application, please make sure you have the following scanned in PDF or JPG format before you begin:

Alternatively, you can send your documents by regular mail, but this will lengthen the processing time considerably.


Required Documents:

Copies of these documents are required in order to complete the application. Please make sure they are complete and scanned so they can be attached to this application below or have mailed directly to the Nova Scotia Association of Architects.

  • Certificate of Status or confirmation of registration with the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stock Companies (or if incorporated in a jurisdiction outside of Nova Scotia, confirmation of registration with that jurisdiction) establishing that the Business is in good standing as of this date. (For a complete list of Canadian provincial business registrars, please visit:
  • Certificate of Insurance (subject to Section 10 of the Regulations) demonstrating that the Business named in this application carries Professional Liability Insurance in the prescribed amount along with documentation confirming that the insurance covers all work in Nova Scotia (this may take the form of a letter from the insurer).

Please be advised:

  • Upon applying to register your business with the Registry of Joint Stock Companies, the Registry will require authorization from the NSAA that the Company has made complete applications for Licensed Architect and Corporate Permit to the NSAA. The NSAA will provide this authorization upon submittal of these completed applications (with the exception of the Certificate of Registration) to the NSAA.
  • Any changes in the Business (eg. owners, partners, officers, share structure, contact information, employed architects) must be reported to the NSAA within 15 days of the change.
  • Nova Scotia Law requires all businesses operating in Nova Scotia to register with the Registry of Joint Stock Companies except: 1) New Brunswick corporations and NB partnerships/business names registered in New Brunswick; 2) Individuals or partners using only their personal names without a descriptive element or attachment such as 'and Associates' or 3) Partnerships whose sole purpose is farming or fishing. Those businesses not registered with the NS Registry of Joint Stock Companies are not charged a business registration fee.
  • A business cannot engage in the practice of architecture in the province of Nova Scotia unless the business holds a valid Corporate Permit with the NSAA.