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Eligibility for the PA
 
1) Educational Qualification
   
  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):
     
    - The University of Hong Kong
      The programme consists of two degrees: the pre-professional degree of Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies, B.A. (Arch. Studies), and the professional degree of Master of Architecture, M. Arch. The programme is accredited by the HKIA/ARB for both Parts.
     
    - The Chinese University of Hong Kong
      The programme consists of two degrees: the pre-professional degree of Bachelor of Social Science (Architectural Studies), B.Soc.Sc. (A.S.), and the professional degree of Master of Architecture, M. Arch. The programme is accredited by the HKIA/ARB for both Parts.
     
    - Chu Hai College of Higher Education
      From June 2012 the Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) Programme has been granted a Conditional Term of Accreditation of Part I (pre-professional) by the HKIA/ARB. This Accreditation for the Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) is valid for three years provided that the Programme remains accredited by the Hong Kong Council of Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ).
     
      From June 2015 the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Architecture Programme has been granted an Accreditation of Part I (pre-professional) by the HKIA/ARB. The Programme was revalidated in November 2017 and has been granted an Unconditional Term of Accreditation of Part I (pre-professional) by the HKIA/ARB for five years until 2022.
     
      From November 2017 the Master of Architecture Programme has been granted a Conditional Term of Accreditation of Part II (Professional) by the HKIA/ARB. This Accreditation for the Master of Architecture is valid for five years until 2022.
     
    - City University of Hong Kong
      From December 2014 the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Architectural Studies has been granted an Accreditation of Part I (pre-professional) by the HKIA/ARB. The Programme was revalidated in December 2017 and has been granted a Conditional Term of Accreditation of Part I (pre-professional) by the HKIA/ARB for three years until 2020.
     
    Graduates from the accredited pre-professional programme shall further complete a professional degree programme in architecture (minimum 2 years) recognized by HKIA 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 school programmes recognized by HKIA, 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.

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.

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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