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Information on ARB prescribed examinations

This information covers the changes to the process for ARB prescribed examinations at this time.

In the rapidly changing environment, we will keep this information under review and update it as needed. This page was last updated on 11 August 2020.

Our focus during this time is on ensuring the safety of our staff and candidates, and exploring appropriate alternative methods or dates for this years’ examinations.

The prescribed examination
As part of our role as the UK regulator of architects, we ensure only those with the appropriate skills and experience can join the Architects Register in order to practise as an architect in the UK.

Our prescribed examination allows those with unrecognised architecture qualifications to demonstrate equivalence to ARB prescribed qualifications at Parts 1 and 2. Eligible candidates provide evidence mapped against the required Criteria.

Our examiners assess this material, and if it indicates the candidate has achieved a sufficient standard to proceed to the next stage, they are interviewed by examiners to determine their level of understanding across all relevant areas.

Typically, set exam dates throughout the year are offered.

Changes due to the pandemic
In accordance with Government advice on face-to-face contact and preventing COVID-19 transmission, our April, June, August and October exams have been cancelled.

In line with Government guidance, our staff team is working remotely and observing social distancing advice. For everyone’s safety we have had to cancel examinations due to take place in the near future. We are sorry for those impacted by this change. We are reaching out to these candidates directly to explain the situation and the options available to them.

We are exploring alternative options for those wishing to sit the exam, which must be both safe and ensure regulatory requirements are met.

We are running a remote version of the examination and the next available dates will run from February 2021. Applicants will be offered  examination dates on a first-come, first-serve basis.

We are only accepting electronic applications for these examinations.  You can find out more about submitting an application here. Please note: we are working remotely so we ask that you do not post hard copy documents to us at this time.  Please email documents to us at

Contact us
If you have a question not covered by this information, you can also contact us at using the subject line Coronavirus – Examination Advice.