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Updated HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment (PA) Handbook

HKIA Circular No. 75/2023 – 1 October 2023

ARB Circular No. 14/2023– 1 October 2023


Dear Professional Assessment Candidates,


Updated HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment (PA) Handbook

Please be informed that the HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment Handbook has been revised and the amendments cover the following major areas:


  1. Academic Qualification Review (Removed)

    Effective from 1 October 2023, candidates who’ve obtained academic qualifications recognized by Canberra Accord are no longer required to go through the Academic Qualification Review (AQR) as previously required. Instead, candidates who hold a professional degree recognized by Canberra Accord can register for Professional Assessment directly without the need for additional assessment.  (Section 1.3, Appendix A, Appendix B)

  2. Non-Local Architectural Professional (Updated)
    1. The local practical experience requirement for Group B candidates is reduced from 5 years to 2 years. (Section 3.2, 3.5, Appendix B)
    2. Revised fee schedule for Non-Local Architectural Professional (Appendix E)
    3. Revised registration period for Non-Local Architectural Professional
      (Section 3.9, Appendix L)

  3. Cut-off date of recognized practical experience

Cut-off date of practical experience is counted up to the last day of the month preceding the respective Paper assessment day for Papers 1-8 and NLAP. (Section 2.1.2A (d), 2.1.2C(e),, 2.5.1, 2.5.2, 3.8.1, 3.8.2 and Appendix L)

The amendments are in force with immediate effect. Please click the link below to download the amended HKIA/ARB Professional Assessment Handbook:


Thank you for your kind attention.

Yours sincerely,


Watson Chan




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