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ACE Member Organisation

Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI)

8 Merrion Square
Dublin 2
Phone: +353 1 676 17 03
Fax: +353 1 661 09 48
Email: info(at)riai(dot)ie
Website: www.riai.ie

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Professional title

Protection of the title of architectYes
Protection of the function of architectsNo 
Professional title Architect 
Mandatory RegistrationYES
Registration is compulsory for those who wish to use the title architect. An entrance examination is required in order to register. 
If yes, Where ? Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) 
Competent authority Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) 

Access to the profession: How to become an architect in this country ?



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Programme of acquisition of competences
- Academic training of 5 years (3+2) at any of the five recognised schools of architecture that have their courses prescribed.  These include the National University of Ireland, the Dublin Institute of Technology, the University of Limerick, Cork Institute of Technology and the Waterford Institute of Technology.
- Degree: Currently B.Arch. but there is a move towards M.Arch. as a result of the Bologna Process
- Compulsory professional experience of 2 years
- Compulsory professional examination recognised by the RIAI (on the basis of the RIAI’s list of competences). This examination can be organised by the schools or by the RIAI itself.
- Compulsory registration introduced in May 2008.
- Continued professional development is compulsory for all RIAI members and for non-member registrants under the RIAI Code of Conduct, which applies to registrants as well as Members.  CPD support and monitoring are both provided through the RIAI’s new online CPD system CPDEngage.

Traineeship

Additional compulsory practical training- internship2 years
Requirement for undertaking a period of traineeship
Period of traineeship supervised (overseen)
By who ?
 
Practical training period
Where ?
To which conditions
 
Number of hours per month required 
Compulsory Professional examinationYes. Compulsory Professional examination recognised by the RIAI (on the basis of the RIAI’s list of competences). This examination can be organised by the schools or by the RIAI itself. 
Complementary professional education
Remuneration of the Traineeship
Trainee accompanied 
Specific supplementary courses organised 
Model form of contract available 
Traineeship and practical experience undertaken abroad taken into account 
Evaluation of the Traineeship 
Evaluation method used 

Liability and insurance

6 years for a contract signed under hand, 12 years for a contract signed under seal, and 6 years for faulty deeds (counted from the onset of the damage). 

Continuous Professional Development

Does a system of CPD for architects exists in your country ?Yes 
If yes:
- Is it compulsory ?
- Is it encouraged ?
- Is it free ?
Compulsory
If it is compulsory,
is it required by law,
or by a Code of Conduct ?
Continued professional development is compulsory for all RIAI members and for non-member registrants under the RIAI Code of Conduct, which applies to registrants as well as Members.  CPD support and monitoring are both provided through the RIAI’s new online CPD system CPDEngage. 
If it is regulated, who regulates the system:
a professional body,
a governmental body,
a combination of the two ?
The RIAI

Is it organised ? 
Who provides the courses: 
What level of training is provided: 
Are certain subjects mandatory ?
What types of activities or provisions are accepted :


Do you have any evaluation criteria for the CPD material ? 
Who recognize (accredits) these trainings :
Development of the trainings :
A. Estimated number of courses / year
B. Estimated number of participants / year
C. Estimated lesson hours / year




Level of requirements for the architects :
 
Is this required level validated or checked and how:
A. Not requested,
B. Self-assessment of value,
C. Attendance tracking,
D. Self-assessment using self-test,
E. By regular checks,
F. Examination,
G. Thesis,
H. Others means (e.g. electronic monitoring) ?


Is training (provision) delivered abroad accepted ? 
What kind of sanction is applied for the non-compliance with CPD obligation:
A. None,
B.  Reprimand,
C. Expulsion from the register,
D. Other ?
 
Do you have a database of the content of your CPD Programme ? 

Requirements to practice in this country

What requirements must a European architects fulfil to practice in this country ?
No information available

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