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Accredited non-EU Qualification in Architecture
A non-Irish qualification in architecture which is accredited by the relevant authority in the jurisdiction in which it is awarded and which meets the criteria set out in Article 46 of Directive 2005/36/EC on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications.

Accredited Qualification in Architectural Technology.
This is an Irish qualification in architectural technology which has been accredited by the RIAI or a non-Irish qualification in architectural technology which is accredited by the relevant authority in the jurisdiction in which it is awarded and which meets the required standards. Presently the following Irish three year full-time qualifications in Architectural Technology are accredited by the RIAI:

  • Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton St. (Qualification date 1975 and after is valid)
  • Limerick COACT/Limerick Institute of Technology (Qualification date 1986 – 2000 is valid)
  • Waterford RTC/Waterford Institute of Technology (Qualification date 1989 and after is valid)
  • Cork RTC/Cork Institute of Technology (Qualification date 1989 – 1999 is valid)

Approved experience
Approved experience is practical experience gained under the direction of an Architect.  An ‘Architect’ is defined as any person who is registered/licensed to practice as an architect in any jurisdiction or who is a registered/chartered member of a professional body which is a Member Section of the International Union of Architects (UIA).

Article 46
Article 46 of Directive 2005/36/EC sets out the European requirements for the education and training of an architect.  These are the standards which apply for admission to the Register of Architects under the Building Control Act 2007 and to RIAI Membership (MRIAI).

Cognate Qualifications
A qualification reviewed by the Registration Body (RIAI) and considered to be of the same standard as a prescribed qualification and covering all necessary subject areas.

Competent Authority (Architecture)
This is the national, state or professional body which has the role of accrediting architectural qualifications. This depends on the country concerned. In some countries one body or agency accredits academic architectural qualifications (usually a degree or diploma in architecture) and professional practice / licence to practice qualifications. In other countries these responsibilities are held by separate bodies or agencies. For EU Member States the relevant authorities are the Competent Authorities.

Directive 2005/36/EC on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications
European Directive 2005/36/EC provides for the mutual recognition of professional qualifications awarded in the EU Member States and for access to the profession in any Member State by EU nationals holding those qualifications. (Directives 2004/38/EC and 2004/83/EC provide for similar access by certain non-EU nationals holding these qualifications.)  Architectural Qualifications subject to automatic recognition under Directive 2005/35/EC are listed in Annex VI of the Directive.  Each EU Member State has a ‘Competent Authority’ which is specifically empowered by that state to issue or receive training diplomas and other documents or information and to receive applications and take decisions under the terms of the Directive. The Competent Authority for architecture in Ireland is the RIAI.

Prescribed Qualification in Architecture
A qualification in architecture awarded in this State and prescribed by the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government under the Building Control Act 2007. A list of Prescribed Qualficiations in Architecture is available in the Education Section of the RIAI website. 

Prescribed post-graduate Qualification in Professional Practice
No post-graduate Qualifications in Professional Practice have yet been prescribed under the Building Control Act 2007. A list of Prescribed post-graduate Qualifications in Professional Practice is available in the Education Section of the RIAI website.

State
For the purposes of these Regulations the ‘State’ is the Republic of Ireland.