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The EU Exit transition period ends at 11pm on 31 December 2020. We are currently experiencing a high demand for certificates, and as a result it is taking 10 working days on average to process requests.

If you require a certificate please:

  • ensure you submit your request at the earliest opportunity and leave sufficient time for your request to be processed – we will not be accepting applications for EU Certificates after 5pm on 11 December 2020. [This is so that we process the applications we have received before 31 December 2020.]
  • ensure you provide us with all the necessary information to avoid your request being rejected.
  • do not re-contact us once you have applied. Your certificate will be dispatched automatically by email once it has been processed and we will be in touch should we require any further information from you.
  • Due to Covid-19 delays in the post, and ARB remote working, do not send paper copies of your application.  We cannot guarantee they will be received and processed within the deadline.  Send all materials as a scan or image to info@arb.org.uk
  • make your payment by bank transfer before submitting your application, using your Registration number as the payment reference. If you are not registered, please use your full name as the reference.

Our bank details are  details for paying by bank transfer are:

Natwest Plc – Sort Code – 60 – 09 – 15
Account Number 36172618
Architects Registration Board

  • For payments from overseas, you will need to use this code:

IBAN: GB33 NWBK 6009 1536 1726 18 ensuring that the full fee is received in cleared funds.

If you would like a certificate which extends beyond the current retention fee period which ends on 31 December 2020, you must pay your retention fee for 2021 before we can process your application.

EU certificate (UK-qualified up to and including Part 2 level)

These certificates are only available to EEA citizens or those who have other enforceable EU rights, e.g. the spouse of an EEA national. This will confirm that you hold qualifications which meet the minimum standards for automatic recognition of qualifications as set out in Article 46 of Directive 2005/36/EC. Typically, this will permit another EEA country to recognise your qualifications as equivalent to their own national qualifications at the same level, and if applicable, access to its final qualifying examinations etc.

EU registered certificate (UK-qualified up to and including Part 3 level)

These certificates are only available to EEA citizens or those who have other enforceable EU rights, e.g. the spouse of an EEA national. This will confirm that you hold qualifications which meet the minimum standards for automatic recognition of qualifications as set out in Article 46 of Directive 2005/36/EC, and that you have secured the UK ‘accompanying certificate’ of Part 3, as required under Annex V (5.7.1) of the Directive. Typically, this should enable another EEA state to recognise your qualifications for access to the profession of architect without any further compensation measures.

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