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Criteria for the Prescription of Qualifications

Under the Architects Act 1997, the ARB has the responsibility for prescribing the qualifications and practical experience required for entry onto the UK Register of Architects. The General Criteria describe the subject material that must be covered by students gaining qualifications that are prescribed by ARB at Part 1 and Part 2 levels. The same General Criteria are applied to those seeking to establish the equivalence of non-prescribed qualifications through ARB’s Prescribed Examinations. The Professional Criteria at Part 3 set out the additional knowledge and skills that an individual is expected to have in order to register and practise in the UK.

We are currently undertaking a business as usual review of our Criteria for the Prescription of Qualifications and for further information see here.

For further advice and guidance on ARB prescription please see the ‘Prescription Process’ page or contact the Qualifications Department.

ARB’s Prescribed Examination

The ARB Criteria for the Prescription of Qualifications at Part 1 and Part 2 levels are also used for the Prescribed Examination. For further information, you should contact the Registration Department.

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