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This page is a resource for anyone who wants to register with us for the first time whether you hold UK or EU qualifications or whether you want to apply to the temporary Register.  If you hold overseas qualifications, you can read more about the prescribed examination process here. If you’re unsure which route is applicable to you, you can check the ARB route finder here.

You can make your application online, using our online portal.  Online registration is both safe and quick, and can be made at a time and place that is most convenient for you.  You can, if you prefer, apply using a paper-based form, which you can access once you have entered the relevant page from the options below.

Please note that you should take time to read the documents relevant to maintaining registration which can be found via the links to the right.  These include the Architects Code of Conduct, information on professional indemnity insurance and what you will need to do in order to maintain registration. You need only read the Competency Standards guidance if you are applying to register more than two years after having passed your Part 3, or if you have been away from the Register for more than two years.

If you are unsure about which of the following options is the right one for you, please email us at

What if my application is rejected

Section 4(4)(b) of the Architects Act 1997 requires the Registrar to refer an application to the Board for decision, if s/he is not satisfied that a person who applies is entitled to be registered in Part 1 of the Register. If the Board then refuses that application, the applicant may appeal to the High Court, or the Court of Session if in Scotland.

It is a criminal offence under Section 7 of the Architects Act 1997 to attempt to become registered under the Act by making (whether orally or in writing) a false representation or declaration.

We take fraudulent applications very seriously and if an application is made under false pretences, we may take the appropriate steps to prosecute.

Please get in touch with us on +44 (0) 207 7580 5861 or email us at if you would like any further information.


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