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Eligibility for the PA
 
1) Educational Qualification
Not all architectural programmes are accredited / recognised by HKIA/ARB. The following allows you to find an accredited architectural programme for the purpose of applying HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment.
If you study in Hong Kong, please refer to (a) below.
If you study outside Hong Kong, please refer to (b) and (c) below.
   
  a) Graduates from the Professional Architectural Programmes accredited by HKIA/ARB
     
    In Hong Kong, the following pre-professional and professional architectural degrees are accredited by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) and the Architects Registration Board of Hong Kong (ARB):
     
   
Name of Institutions Name of Degrees Accredited as Accredited from Accredited until
City University of Hong Kong Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Architectural Studies Pre-professional degree 2014 2020
(Conditional Term of Accreditation)
Chu Hai College of Higher Education Master of Architecture (2-year) Professional degree 2017 2022
(Conditional Term of Accreditation)
Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) Pre-professional degree 2012 2015
Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Architecture Pre-professional degree 2015 2022
The Chinese University of Hong Kong Master of Architecture (2-year) Professional degree 1997 2020
Bachelor of Social Science in Architectural Studies Pre-professional degree 1994 2020
The University of Hong Kong Master of Architecture (2-year) Professional degree   2022
Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies Pre-professional degree   2022
     
    Graduates from the accredited pre-professional programme MUST further complete a professional degree programme in architecture (minimum 2 years) recognized by HKIA/ARB in order to become eligible for the HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment.
     
  b) Graduates from Professional Architectural Programmes Recognized by the HKIA/ARB
     
    HKIA also recognize the equivalent professional degree courses in the mainland or overseas universities which are accredited by :
   
    - The National Board of Architectural Accreditation (NBAA) of China
    - The Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA)
    - The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) of USA
    - The Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA)
    - The New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB)
   
    For the current list of HKIA/ARB accredited / recognized professional programmes, please click here.
     
  c) Graduates of Other Schools
     
    Before graduates from non-HKIA accredited or recognized professional programmes may apply for the HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment, their academic qualifications and standards will be subjected to an Academic Qualifying Assessment held by HKIA. Application for Academic Qualifying Assessment shall be made in writing to the HKIA.

Note : The applicant shall be the holder of a 5-year full time or equivalent professional programme in architecture from a tertiary school of national standing.

Academic Qualifying Assessment (AQA)


Graduates holding pre-professional degrees in architecture not accredited or recognised by HKIA AND obtained in a jurisdiction without provision for accreditation of pre-professional degrees may apply for Portfolio Assessment. Applications for the Portfolio Assessment should be made in writing to the HKIA.

Note : The applicant shall be the holder of an HKIA/ARB accredited or recognised professional degree.

Portfolio Assessment
       
2) Practical Experience
     
  a) For Papers 3, 4 and 5
    Candidates must have accumulated a minimum of 12 months of recognized practical experience before taking on Paper 3, 4 and 5 of the HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment.
   
  b) For Papers 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8
    Candidates must have accumulated a minimum of 24 months of recognized practical experience before taking on Paper 1,2, 6, 7 and 8 of the HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment.

Year-out Practical Experience (Category B) – Proofs for Overseas Experience
     
  For the detailed requirements on the practical experience recognized by the HKIA for Professional Assessment, please refer to HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment Handbook Section 2.
     
     
     
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