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If you obtained your qualifications in the European Union and have not previously been registered as an architect in the United Kingdom, you can apply for registration using our online portal.

You can use this facility even if you have made an unsuccessful application in the past. Applying for registration online is both quick and secure, and can be done at a time and place that is most convenient for you.

You do not have to complete your application form in one sitting. As you progress through each step, the information you provide will be saved automatically so you can log out of the portal and log in again later to continue working on your application. Your application will only be submitted to us once you have completed it in full and your payment transaction has been completed.

We are operating under the current regime until 11pm on 31 December 2020. Further information will be provided once the arrangements from 1 January 2021 have been confirmed.


To submit your online application you must pay all relevant fees online via WorldPay (ARB’s online payments agent) using a credit or debit card. We accept MasterCard, Debit MasterCard, Visa Credit, Visa Debit, Visa Electron, Maestro, and JCB.

Your regular business address

You will be asked to provide your business address or place of work where you can be found during working hours. (If you do not have a business address, you will need to supply an alternative address to be published in the Register of Architects.)

Documents you will need to have to hand

It is essential that you provide these documents. Failure to provide any of them will delay the application process and in some instances applications will be returned and the application fee will be applied.

Proof of ID and nationality

You are required to provide proof of identity and nationality. You will need the following:

  • A copy of your passport, or a copy of your national ID card

If you are not an EU National but have Directive Rights eg. you are married to an EU National you will need to provide:

  • A copy of your passport
  • A copy of your partner’s passport
  • A copy of your marriage or civil partnership certificate

Evidence of qualification (Degree, diploma, certificate)

You are required to provide: A copy of your degree certificate as listed in Annex V or annex VI of the Professional Qualifications Directive 2005/36/EC (

Access Certificate (if applicable)

A copy of any access certificate that is required in your home state, for example, in Italy the l’esame di Stato is required to gain access to the profession and in France the Habilitation de l’architecte diplômé d’Etat à l’exercice de la maîtrise d’oeuvre en son nom propre (HMONP) (Ministère chargé de l’architecture) may be required.

Competent Authority Statement

A list of competent authorities can be found here. This document must confirm that you hold the listed qualifications and that you have met any access requirement in order to access the profession in home state. This must be no more than 12 months old when submitted.


The Directive and accompanying Documents


Application & EU Exit FAQs

Note for those without EU Rights

If you are a non EU national without Directive rights and hold EU compliant qualifications, you will not benefit from automatic recognition and your application will fall to be considered via the UK route. Please contact a member of the registration team for further information on 020 7580 5861 or email

Temporary Registration for European architects providing temporary & occasional services

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