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RIBA Part 3

RIBA Part 3

The RIBA's own Part 3 qualification - the Advanced Diploma in Professional Practice in Architecture

The Advanced Diploma in Professional Practice in Architecture

The RIBA Advanced Diploma in Professional Practice in Architecture (Part 3) is validated and prescribed by the RIBA and ARB respectively.

Those who have ARB Part 1 and Part 2 recognition and are successful in the Part 3 examination, are eligible for registration under the Architects Registration Act 1997, and for RIBA Chartered Membership.

The RIBA Part 3 course is delivered in the following locations: UK (Chester), UK (London), Hong Kong and UAE.

You can apply for your course location by clicking through to the respective links above. 

We will be delivering online RIBA Part 3 open sessions from June to November, register your interest here.

Course benefits

  • Induction session
  • Two intensive seminars (up to eight days in total)
  • Monthly online study packs via RIBA Academy (from January - June 2024)
  • PEDR monitoring by assigned PSA
  • Project case study webinars (from January - June 2024)
  • Office briefing (on request)
  • Tutorials
  • Online drop-in tutorial sessions (optional)
  • Study Group allocation
  • Access to the CIS Library where you can find the RIBA Part 3 handbook by Prof. Stephen Brookhouse
  • Associate Membership* (from 1 January - 31 December 2024) *subject to eligibility and approval by Membership Admissions Committee 


"Being able to fit study around working hours made all the difference to me. Even in a fully virtual setting due to the pandemic, I found the staff to be really supportive and the study group was extremely helpful too."

Sophie Crocker, Architect & Health Designer, HKS.

"The RIBA Part 3 team and the external speakers who participated in the seminar weekends have created a very educational and fruitful experience for all the course participants. During the course, I felt supported, and the staff helped me balance my work and study whilst developing confidence within my day to day tasks."

Panayiota Christoforu, Architect, Atkins Global.

Eligibility Criteria

RIBA Part 3 is aimed at those wishing to achieve status as a fully qualified architect in the UK.

For enrolment onto the RIBA Part 3 course, you should normally have one of the following:

  • Completed RIBA Parts 1 and 2, or equivalent
  • Been awarded a qualification in architecture which is covered by the Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/ EC) *listed on 30th December 2020
  • Hold international qualifications in architecture to master’s level (5+ years), and are eligible for the ARB Prescribed Examination at Part 1 and Part 2

You must also be working towards two years practical training experience, under the direct supervision of a professional working in the construction industry, which should include at least one year working in the EEA, Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man, under the direct supervision of an architect.

If you have any queries regarding eligibility contact us

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