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Professional Certificate in Architecture


Course Information

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starting 2017-18

65 weeks (start dates are variable and will be negotiated individually)

The Professional Certificate in Architecture (PCiA) provides post-Part One mentoring, advice, monitoring and support as graduates develop their Professional Experience and Development Record (PEDR).

This is a mandatory component of the RIBA Examination in Professional Practice and Management in preparation for Part Three studies. Successful completion of this course leads to a Professional Certificate in Architecture.

You will need an undergraduate Architecture qualification with RIBA / ARB Part One status.

Applications should be made directly to the University. The application form can be downloaded from our course web page. You must be accepted on the course before you pay the fees.

Course Code


Course Dates

1st July 2017 – 31st August 2018

Course Fee

Course Description

What the Professional Certificate in Architecture can offer you:

PEDR endorsement

In order to qualify as an architect it is a requirement that you complete a Professional Education and Development Record (PEDR).

This should show the breadth of work you have undertaken in practice or industry.

The PEDR must be signed quarterly by a Practice Mentor and a Professional Studies Advisor.

The course provides a framework for endorsement of your PEDR and a Professional Studies Adviser to guide and advise you throughout the year.

Recall days

Three times a year you will be invited to attend a one-day symposium where you will be encouraged to discuss and compare your experiences with colleagues.

Keynote lectures on these days will be fully relevant to your work and development.

Access to NTU facilities

As an enrolled student you will have access to excellent university facilities including:

  • NOW, the virtual learning environment
  • the Boots Library
  • IT Services
  • the Careers Service, a vital resource for notification of employment opportunities and CV advice.


Your assessment  is based upon a review of the professional diary which you are required to maintain, recording reflections upon the experience you have gained over the 15-month period. 

Please note: This course does not represent a placement programme. You're required to find employment opportunities. You will, however, have access to NTU facilities as described above. The course should be understood simply as a 'graduate monitoring service' offered by NTU in relation to professional practice.

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