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Professional Practice Examinations

Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018

Typically, if you are studying architecture in Ireland, you will follow this route to Registration as an Architect:

  1. Graduate with a prescribed* degree in architecture;
  2. Obtain at least two years of approved postgraduate professional training;
  3. Successfully complete an examination in professional practice specified by the RIAI

There are currently two Professional Practice Examinations offered in the Republic of Ireland:

*A qualification in architecture prescribed under the Building Control Act 2007 and awarded on the completion of 5 years of architectural education

In Ireland the title ‘architect’ is protected by legislation. This means that if a person wishes to describe themselves as an architect they must be admitted to the Register of Architects. When you graduate from a prescribed programme in architecture, after 5 years of architectural education, you can describe yourself as an ‘Architectural Graduate’. Once you join the Register of Architects you can call yourself an Architect, act as Assigned Certifier and Design Certifier and sign the relevant Certificates under the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations (BC(A)R), also referred to as S.I.9 of 2014. For further information on BC(A)R see the RIAI BC(A)R Client Guidance Note.

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