The Part 3 stage of architectural education in the UK is concerned with assessing applied knowledge and skill in relation to professional conduct and competence to practice as an architect.
The RIBA has its own Part 3 qualification - the Advanced Diploma in Professional Practice in Architecture, details of which are below - and also validates around 30 other Part 3 qualifications offered by various universities and examination centres across the UK. Further details can be found on the Professional Experience and Development Resource website or by contacting the RIBA Education Department on +44 (0)207 580 5533.
RIBA Part 3: Advanced Diploma in Professional Practice in Architecture
This course was established in 1990 by the north west schools of architecture and RIBA North West, which is responsible for its administration and organisation.
The course and the related Examination in Professional Practice is validated and prescribed by the RIBA and the ARB respectively. Those who have ARB Part 1 and Part 2 recognition who are successful in the examination are eligible for registration under the Architects Registration Act 1997 and for Chartered Membership of the RIBA. The Diploma may be awarded with Distinction.
January 2014 course
We have now officially started taking applications for the next years RIBA Part 3 course, which commences at the start of January 2014. The course is nine months in duration, running from January to September each year and comprises monthly study packs, two intensive seminars, each of four days' duration, an office visit and tutorials by arrangement. For further information or to download an application pack visit the information page.
Part 3 Office-based Examination
The next office-based examinations take place on the 4, 5 and 6 September 2013. Interviews are scheduled for the 11 October 2013 at Chester Racecourse. An exam notification form has been sent out to all candidates from the previous three years who are yet to pass the examination; this is also available for download from the information page.