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Here you can find information on ARB’s requirements for the prescription (recognition) of architecture qualifications in the UK.  The content has been designed primarily to support education providers through the process of applying for, and maintaining, prescription of their qualifications.

Only those on the Architects Register can use the title ‘architect’ in business or practice in the UK.  Applicants to the Register must demonstrate they meet the required standards to join.  One of our statutory duties is to prescribe the UK qualifications needed to become an architect in the UK.

There are different methods for joining the Register, though a typical applicant using UK qualifications will have completed three ARB prescribed qualifications – a Part 1 (BA or equivalent), a Part 2 (MArch or equivalent) and a Part 3 (professional award/examination). This suite of qualifications, together with the attainment of ARB’s Practical Training Requirements, reflects the standards for acceptance on to the Register via a UK-based route.

An introduction to prescription

The Procedures explain the steps you’ll need to take to achieve, renew, amend and maintain prescription of your qualification. (you can find a flow chart of the process in Appendix 1).  

Please contact the Qualifications Team (details below) if you are considering applying for prescription (new or renewal) to arrange a planning meeting to talk through the process and the material required in an application. 

The Criteria set out the expectations for your course content and what you will ultimately need to deliver as part of your programme.

Please also refer to the guidance for institutions on subject material relating to fire and life safety design, and sustainability. From September 2021 onwards, as part of annual monitoring and prescription applications you will be asked to provide information on how this guidance is being implemented.

Operational and governance changes to the Procedures came into effect in November 2019 and responsibility for making prescription recommendations to our Board now lies with our Qualifications Team. They are supported by External Advisers, who provide expert advice on applications, and the Prescription Committee, who scrutinise and challenge the team’s work across all prescription matters.

Applying for prescription

If you will be applying for prescription of a new qualification or renewing prescription, please contact us in the first instance to discuss your plans – you can use the link at the bottom of this page to request a meeting or you can call us on  020 7580 5861. Application forms for new and renewing qualifications are below, as well as mapping templates for Part 1 and Part 2 qualifications.

Preparing for annual monitoring

All prescribed qualifications are subject to annual monitoring – Appendix 2 of the Procedures (see above) sets out the requirements for annual monitoring.  Each submission must also include a completed Annual Monitoring Form and updated Staff List.  If you have any queries about annual monitoring, please get in touch (Qualifications@arb.org.uk, 020 7580 5861).

Further information

If you would like further information or have further queries about any of the above please contact the Qualifications Team and we will be happy to help.