The RIBA Examination in Architecture for office-based Candidates (commonly known as the 'office-based exam') has been delivered by Oxford Brookes University under a franchise arrangement, since 2002.  

The RIBA Examination in Architecture for office-based candidates is a unique and flexible route to qualification for RIBA Part 1 and Part 2 for people working full-time under the supervision of an architect in the EAA (European Economic Area), Switzerland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands.

The examination provides an alternative route to qualification for those who prefer to invest their personal development in practice. Applicants must have a minimum of three years’ experience in architectural practice to join the examination at Part 1, or 3 years post-Part 1 experience to join the Part 2 stage (as well as having completed a recognised Part 1 qualification).