About Part 3

The RIBA has its own Part 3 qualification - the Advanced Diploma in Professional Practice in Architecture (ADPPA).

The RIBA has its own Part 3 qualification - the Advanced Diploma in Professional Practice in Architecture, which is administered in the North West office of the RIBA and is a residential course based at University of Chester.

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.


The ADPPA (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.


ADDPA is aimed at those wishing to achieve status as a fully qualified architect in the UK. However, before you can take the examination there are certain eligibility requirements one must meet, see below.

Admission to a RIBA validated Part 3 course in the UK is normally restricted to candidates who:

  • hold UK RIBA validated qualifications at part 1 and at part 2
  • have completed the appropriate qualification/s listed under Annex V or Annex VI of the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC)
  • hold international qualifications equivalent to part 1and part 2, and who have completed the ARB Prescribed Examinationat part 1 and part 2.
  • or with relevant overseas qualifications, but they will be required to undertake the ARB prescribed exams before registration with ARB.

Candidates for the RIBA Part 3 oral examination stage should have recently completed a minimum of 24 months' practical experience under the direct supervision of a professional working in the construction industry, which should include at least 12 months working in the EEA, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, under the direct supervision of an architect.


Through our dedicated website we offer monthly downloadable self study packs, which include content such as sample practice problems, which will support you in preparing for your examination.

In addition to the distance learning element you would be required to attend two intensive four day residential seminar weekends, usually held at the end of March and beginning of July in Chester. These seminar weekends include lectures, tutorials and group working sessions.


The syllabus of the course is continually updated in order to cover RIBA/ARB Criteria encompassing contemporary issues in practice and current legislation and developments. To view the current criteria please see our RIBA Part3 Leaflet (PDF 108kb) or go to page 63 of the Validation Procedures 2011 - MAY 2014 (PDF 606kb).


The examination format for the RIBA ADPPA qualification is as follows:

  • The examination is held over three days, from Wednesday to Friday.

  • Firstly a ‘practice problems’ office-based examination held over two full working days, covering your knowledge of the RIBA/ARB criteria. In these papers candidates must answer ALL five questions derived from the RIBA/ARB criteria. (This is an open book exam)

  • The final day is solely for the candidate to compile their submission, which should contain the following:

    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Self Evaluation
    • Case Study
    • PEDR log sheets
    • Practice Problems examination answers

Full details of the examination process will be given in the RIBA Part 3 Guidance Notes.


The fees set for 2016 are:

  • Registration fee £200 + VAT (£240) *due by cheque on registration
  • Course fee £1650 + VAT (£1980)
  • Examination fee £400 + VAT (£480) *examination fees can change on a year by year basis
  • Examination re-sit fee £300 + VAT (£360)

Prices are correct at the time of print. RIBA reserve the right to increase the price of their fees.

Please note that fees are non-refundable.


For further information or to download an application form, please visit course enquiries.