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Further amendments to the Architects Registration Board’s Criteria for the Prescription of Qualifications at Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3

The Architects Registration Board (ARB) maintains the UK’s Register of Architects. The Architects Act 1997 places a duty upon the Board to prescribe qualifications and practical training experience.  Section 4(1)a states that ‘a person who has applied to the Registrar in the prescribed manner for registration in pursuance of this section is entitled to be registered if he (a) holds such qualifications and has gained such practical experience as may be prescribed… .’

Individuals must hold the appropriate qualifications in architecture in order to enter ARB’s Register.  To determine whether qualifications in architecture cover the relevant areas which are necessary to practise as an architect, the ARB prescribes (recognises) such qualifications.  The ARB uses a set of Criteria at three different levels (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) for this purpose.

The Criteria set out the threshold learning outcomes that must be achieved by those successfully gaining the qualifications in architecture that ARB prescribes at Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 level.

ARB is also the UK’s Competent Authority for architects and is responsible for ensuring that the qualifications it prescribes also meet the relevant European requirements.  Therefore, the proposed amendments to the Criteria at Part 1 and Part 2 level aim to additionally reflect the requirements which are set out in Article 46 of the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications Directive (EC/2005/36) more clearly than was previously the case.

The Criteria at all three levels were reviewed and amended with a view to making them more up to date and learning-outcomes based earlier this year and ARB undertook a consultation between February and May in order to gain feedback on the proposed changes to the Criteria.  A significant amount of feedback was received and was then taken into account by the Working Group convened to review the Criteria, as well as ARB’s Prescription Committee.  On the basis of the feedback received, a number of further changes have been made to the original proposals.
You are now invited to comment on the additional amendments to the ARB’s Criteria for the Prescription of Qualifications at Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.  The amended Criteria are set out in the response documents provided. Notes are included where relevant to highlight any significant changes that have been made since the last consultation took place, whilst minor amendments, have not been commented on in these papers.
The papers are also available to download from our website.  Details of how to respond to the consultation are included within the Consultation Policy.

Given that ARB has already consulted on the proposals this year, ARB has opted to conduct a shorter consultation on this occasion.  You are therefore invited to submit your response no later than Monday, 21 December 2009.

We look forward to hearing from you.
Yours sincerely

Emma Matthews
Head of Qualifications & Prescription


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