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Here you can find information on ARB’s requirements for the prescription (recognition) of architecture qualifications in the UK.  The content has been designed primarily to support education providers through the process of applying for, and maintaining, prescription of their qualifications. 

Only those on the Architects Register can use the title ‘architect’ in business or practice in the UK.  Applicants to the Register must demonstrate they meet the required standards to join.  One of our statutory duties is to prescribe the UK qualifications needed to become an architect in the UK.

There are different methods for joining the Register, though a typical applicant using UK qualifications will have completed three ARB prescribed qualifications – a Part 1 (BA or equivalent), a Part 2 (MArch or equivalent) and a Part 3 (professional award/examination). This suite of qualifications, together with the attainment of ARB’s Practical Training Requirements, reflectsthe standards for acceptance on to the Register via a UK-based route.

An introduction to prescription

The Procedures explain the steps you’ll need to take to achieve, renew, amend and maintain prescription of your qualification.  The Criteria set out the expectations for your course content and what you will ultimately need to deliver as part of you programme.

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Good Practice Handbook

This guidance is being redeveloped – a new version will published as early as possible in 2020. In the interim please contact the Qualifications Team for advice.

Operational and governance changes to the Procedures came into effect in November 2019 and responsibility for making prescription recommendations to our Board now lies with our Qualifications Team. They are supported by External Advisers, who provide expert advice on applications, and the Prescription Committee, who scrutinise and challenge the team’s work across all prescription matters.

Applying for prescription

If you are applying for or renewing prescription we recommend contacting us in the first instance to discuss your plans – you can use the link at the bottom of this page to request a meeting or you can call us on +44 (0) 20 7580 5861. Application forms for new and renewing qualifications are below. We’ve also developed some new mapping templates for Part 1 and Part 2, which you are welcome to use.

Preparing for annual monitoring

All prescribed qualifications are subject to annual monitoring.  The Qualifications Team will contact education providers in advance of their deadline with a tailored Annual Monitoring Form.  An example of this form can be found below along with a Staff List Template you are welcome to use for your return.

Further information

If you would like further information or have further queries about any of the above please contact the Qualifications Team and we will be happy to help.

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