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Proposed amendments to the Architects Registration Board’s Procedures for the Prescription of Qualifications

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 the 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 formal Procedures for this purpose.

The Procedures set out the requirements that must be met in order for qualifications in architecture to be prescribed by the ARB. In addition, they set out the processes under which qualifications will be considered for prescription and are intended to provide helpful guidance for institutions seeking prescription/seeking to renew prescription of their qualifications.

The Procedures have been reviewed and amended after being in operation for six years, with a view to making them more up to date and more reflective of best practise which has emerged over that period.

The amended Procedures have been developed by a Working Group which included representatives of the Standing Conference of Heads of Schools of Architecture and the Association of Professional Studies Advisers in Architecture.  We are grateful to those involved for their participation in the review. All responses to the consultation will be considered by the Working Group.  The final draft of the Procedures will then be progressed through the appropriate ARB processes during the Spring 2010 for approval by the ARB’s Board.

You are now invited to comment on the proposed amendments to the ARB’s Procedures for the Prescription of Qualifications.  The amended Procedures are set out in the response documents provided. Notes are included where relevant to identify any particularly significant changes, whilst minor amendments have not been commented on in these documents.

As well as any detailed comments/proposals in relation to the drafting of the Procedures, we have also identified some key questions on which we would particularly welcome your responses.

You are invited to submit your response/s no later than 5.00pm on 18 December 2009.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

Emma Matthews
Head of Qualifications

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