Non-recognised UK qualifications and Overseas qualifications
ARB does not directly recognise any qualifications from outside the United Kingdom (ARB prescribed qualifications) other than those listed under the Professional Qualifications Directive 2005/36/EC when held by nationals of EU Member States or those with other enforceable EC rights.
All other applicants will need to pass the Board’s own Prescribed Examination at the relevant level if they wish to progress towards registering as an architect in the UK. Please note those holding EU qualifications at degree level, that is equivalent to Part 1, will be required to sit the examination at Part 1 level as the Directive does not provide for qualifications at degree level only.
Applicants who successfully complete the UK Part 1 and Part 2 qualifications and/or gain equivalence through ARB’s Prescribed Examination, must then complete a Part 3 Examination in Professional Practice and Management at a UK school of architecture if they wish to register as an architect in the United Kingdom. The schools that run courses leading to prescribed qualifications can be found in the Qualifications Section of the website.
ARB has prepared a series of videos together with a suite of booklets to guide you through your application and examination. The videos provide a general overview of the process, whilst the guidance booklets provide more detailed information. Please take time to read them carefully so you understand the process before downloading any forms or submitting your application.
The Examination process judges individual candidates against the Criteria, which are held in common with UK schools of architecture. You can read the criteria here.
Are you eligible to register with the Architects Registration Board?
How to prepare for the Architects Registration Board's examination
The process of applying for and taking the Architects Registration Board examination
What happens after your Architects Registration Board Examination
ARB Prescribed Examination - Getting Started
ARB Prescribed Examination - Coherent or Integrated Designs
Get the best out of the ARB prescribed examination process by careful choice and referencing
This video highlights the importance of presenting supporting material detailing well resolved projects of appropriate scale and complexity.
ARB Prescribed Examination - Things to avoid
This video highlights some common mistakes that you should avoid during the ARB prescribed examination process.
2016 Prescribed Examinations
Please find the exam dates for the 2016 Prescribed Examinations. Any applications received after the deadline will be allocated the next available dates.
Exams are offered on a first come first served basis. Should demand exceed expectation you may be offered an alternative date not shown in the table below.
|Prescribed Examination Dates 2016|
|4,5 October 2016|
|1,2 November 2016|
|Prescribed Examination Dates 2017 (more dates later in the year to follow)|
|7,8 February 2017|
|4,5 April 2017|
|6,7 June 2017|
|1,2 August 2017|
|Before Examination||The Examination|
|Fee Schedule 2016|
|Examination Procedures||ARB Criteria|
|Examination Record Sheet|
Forms and Templates
|Examination Application Form||Comparative Matrix|
||Alternative (Language) Evidence|
|University Mapping Statement|
Please note: The Comparative Matrix document is a writable pdf document. If you experience any issues please download the Word version instead.
Please download the file:Comparative Matrix word file