Professional Practice Exam
Examination Regulations and Procedures are revised from time to time. Candidates intending to apply for any Section of the Examination are advised to re-check the RIAI website www.riai.ie for the most recent versions of RIAI documents before doing so.
The purpose of the RIAI Examination in Professional Practice is to establish whether the candidate:
- fully understands the nature and responsibilities of professional practice,
- has sufficient knowledge of Irish law and contract procedures, and
- has had enough practical experience of all the stages of a building project for independent practice as an architect in Ireland.
A candidate for the Examination in Professional Practice must have:
- a recognised qualification in architecture
- a minimum period of post-qualification supervised practical experience
Recognised qualifications in architecture include:
- a prescribed qualification in architecture
- the RIAI Final Examination;
- a qualification recognised by the Competent Authority in another EU Member State;
- a qualification recognised by the professional or registration body in a non-EU state and assessed by the RIAI as equivalent to a prescribed qualification.
Post-qualification supervised practical experience must have been acquired under the supervision of an RIAI Member or equivalent, i.e. a Registered Architect or Registered Member of a UIA Member Section (see Practical Experience Information Sheet).
The Examination Cycle
The Professional Practice Examination Cycle starts on 1 March (closing date for receipt of applications) and finishes with the publication of Examination Results in March of the following year. The Cycle includes four Sections:
- Lecture Series
- Written Examination
- Case Study
- Oral Examination
A candidate must have accumulated at least 1 year of supervised practical experience before taking the Written Examination and at least 2 years of supervised practical experience before submitting a Case Study and taking the Oral Examination.
The information package contains all files listed below.
- Examination Calendar 2011 / 2012
- Examination Regulations
- Practical Experience Information Sheet
- Case Study Information Sheet
- Syllabus Appendix
- Reading List
- Past Examination Papers
- Guidelines for Employers & Mentors
Contents Examination Application Pack:
00_Examination Calendar 2011/2012 and Examination Calender 2012/2013
02_Guidance for Applicants
04_Verification of Qualification in Architecture
05_Certificate of Practical Architectural Experience
06_Curriculum Vitae Format
07_Case Study Proposal
08_Involvement in Case Study Project & Nomination of Mentor and 08b_Confirmation of Mentor_May2011
09_Confirmation of Involvement in Case Study Project
10_Declaration of Authorship
The Application Fee must be included with your Application to the RIAI. This fee covers the Written Examination, Case Study and Oral Examination and can be paid either by cheque or credit card. The fee is non-refundable. There is a fee of €100 for repeat attempts of any section of the Examination.
Transcript Evaluation Fee
Candidates who are required to submit an Academic Transcript with their Application must include an additional Transcript Evaluation Fee, see Fee Schedule.
The joint RIAI/UCD Lecture Series is administered by the School of Architecture at University College Dublin (UCD). It covers the prescribed Syllabus for the RIAI Examination in Professional Practice. The course is not mandatory, but candidates are strongly advised to attend.
- Confirm your eligibility to take the Professional Practice Examination with the RIAI
- Access the UCD website at: www.ucd.ie/arcel/architecture/postgraduate/index.htm and apply to attend the Lecture Series
Enquiries for the Lecture Series should be made to:
Other Professional Practice Examinations
UCD Professional Diploma (Architecture)
The Professional Diploma (Architecture) is the final professional examination for architectural graduates leading to a UCD Level 4 (Masters) award (equivalent to NQAI Level 9). The programme includes lectures, tutorials, academic support and examinations in five modules.
Eligibility- B. Arch (or equivalent) graduates from summer 2012 (or earlier) can apply for this programme. The programme is flexible to allow graduates to complete the programme over a number of years, while completing min. 24 months professional practical experience. This can be undertaken either in paid employment (min. 21 hours/week) or in an approved internship scheme, in Ireland or in any other country.
Applications- Applications will open from 15 April for the 2012/13 UCD Professional Diploma programme. Please note that Late Applications are being accepted for the UCD Professional Diploma (Architecture) programme until Friday 10 August.
Applications can be made online at ww.ucd.ie/apply. Further information is available at:
DT119 Professional Diploma in Architectural Practice (PDAP)
DIT – the Dublin School of Architecture – has commenced a new professional practice programme in architecture, the Professional Diploma in Architectural Practice, in January 2012. The course comprises of three 5-credit lecture-based modules and one 15 credit case study module. Each of the three lecture modules may also be taken individually as CPD. For further information is available at:
If you have any questions regarding the RIAI Examination in Professional Practice please contact the Education Section of the RIAI.