Please note that it usually takes around seven working days to process a request for proof of qualification/registration, and can take longer during periods of high demand. Please ensure that you leave sufficient time for your request to be processed. Currently the fee for the certificate is £40, this will rise to £80 for applications made after 1 January 2022.
General Certificate (UK-qualified up to and including Part 3 level)
These certificates are available to all architects and do not have a nationality requirement applied. This will confirm that you hold qualifications which are prescribed by the Board or have been assessed as equivalent under Section 4(1) of the Architects Act 1997. Typically, these are used when travelling to non-European countries, or where summary details of Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 qualifications are helpful.
Section 5 or 4(2A) Certificate
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 issued by another relevant EEA country, which enabled you to register with the Board. If you registered before 20 June 2008, the certificate will also confirm that you satisfied the practical training requirement then necessary under Article 23.2 of Directive 85/384/EEC. If you registered after 20 June 2008, the certificate will confirm that you satisfied your home state’s requirements for access to the profession of architect. Typically, these certificates are used by EEA citizens when returning to or providing services in another EEA country.
If you registered a number of years ago through arrangements which are no longer in operation, we will be able to issue confirmation under the relevant legislation which was in force at the time of application. Please give us a call or contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to know more.