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It is important to check that the programme of Architecture that you are considering is properly accredited and prescribed for access to the Register of Architects.
RIAI Accredited and Prescribed Programmes in Architecture
Only the following five* qualifications in Architecture are currently legally recognised for access to the Register of Architects in the Republic of Ireland:
RIAI Accredited and Specified Professional Practice Examinations
Only the following Professional Practice Examination quaifications are currently accredited by the RIAI and specified under the Building Control Act 2007 for access to the Register of Architects in the Republic of Ireland:
RIAI Accredited Programmes in Architectural Technology
*Qualifications in Architecture offered in Ireland which have accreditation from a professional body other than the RIAI, but are not accredited by the RIAI and legally recognised under the Building Control Act 2007, do not give access to the regulated profession of Architect. This includes accreditation of Irish qualifications in Architecture by International organisations such as the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
The following qualification in architecture is not yet legally recognised in the Republic of Ireland:
Institute of Technology Sligo has applied to the RIAI for the accreditation and subsequent prescription of their 5 year Bachelors of Architecture (Hons) degree - CAO Code SG347.
In February 2019 this degree was awarded Provisional Approval by the RIAI in line with the RIAI Qualifications in Architecture: Procedures for Prescription under the Building Control Act 2007. The earliest that this qualification may achieve full accreditation by the RIAI and prescription under the Building Control Act 2007 is when the first cohort of students graduate from the programme in 2023. Therefore, the Bachelors of Architecture degree (BArch) at Institute of Technology Sligo has begun this process but is not currently prescribed for the purposes of registration as an architect in Ireland under the Building Control Act 2007.