Under rule 15.3(b) of ARB’s General Rules you are eligible to apply for registration if in addition to the required prescribed qualifications you have also:
‘… recently completed a minimum of 24 months’ practical experience under the direct supervision of a professional working in the construction industry which should include at least 12 months working in a Relevant European Territory, under the direct supervision of an architect.'
Further information can be found in our FAQs.
Application for Registration – Eligibility
The qualifications and practical experience prescribed by the Board pursuant to Section 4(1)(a) of the Act are that the person:
15.3(a) holds qualifications listed in Schedule 1 of the Rules at Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 (or which were prescribed at the date conferred on the applicant); and
15.3(b) has recently completed a minimum of 24 months’ practical experience under the direct supervision of a professional working in the construction industry which should include at least 12 months working in a Relevant European Territory, under the direct supervision of an architect.
For the purpose of this Rule:
These will be calendar months of full time working (at least 20 hours a week). Reasonable time off for holidays and illness may be included in this period. (Where the work is less than 20 hours per week, applicants will be expected to complete a commensurately longer period of experience.)
- 'Practical experience'
Experience which consists of activities which would typically be undertaken by an architect in practice. (The Part 3 Criteria are helpful in setting out, in broad terms, some of the activities which are likely to be required to be undertaken.)
At least 12 of the 24 months’ experience should have been undertaken in the two years immediately before taking the Part 3 exam.
- 'Direct supervision'
The person supervising should have responsibility for and control over the work being undertaken.
- 'Professional working in the construction industry'
Will be an architect registered in the territory where the experience is being undertaken, or a chartered or similarly qualified member of an appropriate professional body. The ‘construction industry’ will include qualified professionals typically involved in the procurement, design and management of the built environment.
‘Relevant European Territory’
Means the British Islands (the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), States in the European Economic Area (EEA), and Switzerland.
Guidance on the application of Rule 15.3(b)
Whilst Rule 15.3(b) states that candidates for registration should have undertaken a minimum of 12 months experience working in a Relevant European Territory under the supervision of an architect, candidates should note that the UK’s Part 3 qualification tests UK practice and law. Practical experience is an integral element of the Part 3 qualification, and is important in assisting individuals to meet the Part 3 Criteria against which all Part 3 candidates are assessed.
Therefore, it is recommended that candidates undertake a minimum of 12 months’ experience within the UK, as those whose experience lies solely outside the UK may find it difficult to meet the required level of knowledge and skill.
Candidates must be supervised during their practical experience. ‘Direct supervision’ is defined above but essentially, the supervisor should have control over and take responsibility for the work being undertaken. Typically the candidate and the supervisor will be employed by the same organisation but where the relationship is not typical they will need to satisfy their professional studies adviser (PSA) that the level and type of supervision is appropriate.
While it is acceptable for any professional who is working within the construction industry (as defined above) to supervise up to 12 months of the experience, a registered architect is likely to be in the best position to assist a candidate in acquiring the required levels of skill and knowledge. Candidates who are not supervised by an architect may find it helpful to seek guidance and support from an architect working in another practice.
The ARB Rule sets out the requirement for registration in the UK. Candidates may find that schools and Part 3 providers have more specific or additional requirements for entry to qualifications and for exam purposes. In the first instance, candidates should discuss any queries with their professional studies adviser (PSA), who will be able to advise them about the suitability of a placement and whether it is likely to satisfy ARB’s and the school’s own rules.