I have non-EU qualifications (including UK qualifications)

If your qualification in architecture was awarded in the UK and is listed in Annex V or VI of the Directive for the recognition of profesional qualifications and you have also obtained the ARB Part 3 Examination you may be eligible to apply through Route B4.

If you have a UK Annex V or VI qualification together with an Irish or other EU professional practice qualification or an Irish or EU qualification that is listed in Annex V of the Directive with an ARB Part 3 qualification, these are referred to as mixed qualifcations and you should apply through Route B (below) not Route B4.

If your qualification in architecture was awarded in a non-EU Member State and you have obtained the relevant post graduate professional licencing examination for admission to the profession in that state you may be eligible to apply through Route B. 

Route B requires an applicant to have obtained practical experience in Ireland and to demonstrate that they are familiar with Irish building legislation, standards, statutory obligations and contract administration.

Route B also applies to persons who have EU/UK mixed qualifications i.e. a UK Annex V or VI qualification together with an Irish or other EU professional practice qualification or an Irish or EU qualification that is listed in Annex V of the Directive with an ARB Part 3 qualification.

Applicants who do not meet the above professional licencing and/or practical experience requirements must complete an RIAI accredited and specified professional practice examination to be eligible for registration in Ireland.

If you have not completed the relevant post graduate professional licencing examination for admission to the profession in your state, or if the state where you were awarded the qualification does not require completion of a post-graduate professional licencing examination for admission to the profession but you have acquired seven or more years post-graduate practical experience, four of which have been in Ireland, you may apply for an exemption from the Professional Practice Exam. This is known as Route C.

The Stage 2 application process runs on the following biannual cycle:

Stage Autumn Cycle 2020 Spring Cycle 2021 Autumn Cycle 2021 Spring Cycle 2022 Autumn Cycle 2022
Stage 1 05 October 2020 22 March 2021 04 October 2021 22 March 2022 03 October 2022
Determination of eligibility for Stage 2 20 October 2020 01 April 2021 25 October 2021 01 April 2022 24 October 2022
Stage 2 26 April 2021 04 October 2021 25 April 2022 04 October 2022 23 April 2023
Submission processing May October May October May
Assessment June November June November June
Interview July December/January July December/January July
Assessor Opinion Review September January/February September January/February September

Please click here to view a list of resources, which may be of assistance in preparing for Assessment.

If you have no current experience practising in Ireland, or you cannot meet the professional licencing requirements of Route B or Route C you must complete the Irish Professional Practice Examination to be eligible for registration in Ireland.