14 July 2023
[Update] Transitional Arrangement of Recognising UK Architectural Educational Qualifications as Meeting Eligibility Requirement for Taking Professional Assessment in Hong Kong
Graduates who commence an architectural programme in the United Kingdom (UK) in the academic year of 2023/24 would continue to be regarded as having fulfilled the required educational qualifications for taking Professional Assessment in Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA) and Architects Registration Board (ARB) of the HKSAR have adopted a four-year grace period for the transitional arrangement of recognising UK architectural educational qualifications as meeting the eligibility requirement for taking HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment.
Further to the announcement of the transitional arrangement in July 2020 (please access HKIA web links at bottom for details), HKIA and ARB have been liaising with Architects Registration Board UK (ARB UK) for possible mutual recognition agreement on accepting each other’s accreditation systems. Both sides are optimistic of the progress made so far, further discussion are necessary to finalize the details of agreement, which is expected to take place in the near future .
HKIA and ARB understand that the registration for UK architectural programmes in the 2023/24 academic year has started. Against the discussion progress mentioned above, to facilitate students and their parents in making informed choices of studies, HKIA and ARB have decided to accept graduates who commence an architectural programme in the UK in the academic year of 2023/24 as having fulfilled the required educational qualifications for HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment, provided that the UK programmes are on the 2019 list of the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA)
[i.e. Qualifications in Architecture Recommended for Recognition (by national validation procedures recognised by CAA (https://www.hkia.net/en/join-hkia.html) ].
Upon graduation, these architectural graduates would not be required to go through the special individual assessment before they could sit for the HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment.
Architectural graduates who commence an architectural programme in the UK in the academic year of 2024/25 or after will be required to go through the special individual assessment by HKIA, same as other graduates with qualifications not on the list recognised by HKIA/ARB, before they could sit for the HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment.
Please refer to the summary table below on the revised transitional arrangement:
Year of Commencement of a Programme
Same as the non-local professional architectural programmes currently recognised by HKIA/ARB
Graduates would be recognised as having attained educational qualifications for applying for the HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment
2024/25 or after
Programme no longer on the list recognised by HKIA/ARB
Graduates need to go through the individual assessment (Academic Qualification Assessment) on the eligibility for Professional Assessment
As the discussion with ARB UK on mutual recognition of each other’s accreditation systems is still in progress, extension of grace period would be reviewed regularly before reaching a firm positive decision.
For enquiries, please contact HKIA Secretariat (Tel: 2511-6323 / Email: email@example.com)
For details of Academic Qualification Assessment and eligibility for HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment, please refer to the Handbook:
Announcement for HKIA/ARB Transitional Arrangement in July 2020:
i) HKIA Circular 32/2020 issued on 22 July 2020:
ii) HKIA supplementary information issued on 27 July 2020:-
Updates on Announcement for HKIA/ARB Transitional Arrangement in Aug 2023: