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Registration route for becoming an architect

Use the route finder to help you determine which route is applicable to your circumstances. By selecting the relevant option at the top of the route finder, you will then be shown the route options open to you. By selecting the applicable route you will then be directed to the appropriate area of the Board’s website where you can view more detailed information and make an application.

UK Qualified Route

Use this route if you have obtained recognised Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 qualifications from UK school/s of architecture.

(*You will need copies of Part 1, Part 2 and Part3 qualifications to hand as you proceed through the process.)

Please note that if your Part 3 was obtained more than two years ago, you will be asked for additional evidence to demonstrate competence to practice as you proceed through the application process.

UK With Equivalence Route

Use this route if you have obtained an EU qualification listed in Annex V.7.1 of Directive 2005/36/EC as it stood at 11pm on 31 December 2020 and have also completed a UK Part 3 qualification rather than qualifying in your home state.

(*You will need copies of your EU qualification, your competent authority statement and your Part 3 qualification to hand as you proceed through the application process.)

EU Qualified Route

Use this route if you have obtained an EU qualification listed in Annex V.7.1 of Directive 2005/36/EC as it stood at 11pm on 31 December 2020 together with accompanying/membership certificates where necessary, and have obtained access to the profession of architect in the EU state in which the listed qualification was obtained.

(*You will need copies of your EU qualification, competent authority statement and relevant secondary certificates to hand as you proceed through the application process.)

Prescribed Examination Route

Use this route if you qualified overseas or were awarded an unrecognised qualification and have obtained Part 1 and/or Part 2 equivalence through ARB’s Prescribed Examination, and secured additional qualification/s in the UK up to and including Part 3 level.

(*You will need copies of your ARB result letters to hand as you proceed through the application process.)

Overseas Qualified (excluding EU countries)

If you have obtained qualifications overseas but have not yet applied to have your qualifications recognised through ARB’s Prescribed Examination, you will not be eligible to Register.

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EU Qualifications not covered by the Interim Arrangements

Use this route if you have obtained an EU qualification in architecture which is not listed in the frozen version of Annex V.7.1 of Directive 2005/36/EC as it stood at 11pm on 31 December 2020. 

EU qualifications formerly covered by Annex VI of Directive 2005/36/EC and the General System for recognition are no longer recognised and applications will need to be made through the Prescribed Examination route.  You will need to pass the Prescribed Examination at Part 1 and subsequently Part 2 and secure a UK Part 3 qualification in order to join the Register.   

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