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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


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.
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: B.Arch. or M.Arch.
- 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.


Additional compulsory practical training- internship2 years
Requirement for undertaking a period of traineeship Yes
Period of traineeship supervised (overseen)
By who ?


Registered Architect
Practical training period
Where ?
To which conditions
In Practice
Number of hours per month requiredFull time employment
Compulsory Professional examinationYes
Complementary professional education
Remuneration of the TraineeshipYes
Trainee accompanied Yes
Specific supplementary courses organised Yes
Model form of contract available Yes
Traineeship and practical experience undertaken abroad taken into account Yes
Evaluation of the TraineeshipYes 
Evaluation method usedExam, oral interview and case study.

Liability and insurance


Are Architects obligation to carry insurance? 

YES – Under the Code of  Conduct

Legal Basis:
- what are the most commonly used Term and Conditions:

What are the requirements for obtaining 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). 

How are insurance premiums calculated?

What forms of Insurance contract exist:

Insurances / Agents:

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 ?

If it is compulsory,
is it required by law,
or by a Code of Conduct ?

If it is regulated, who regulates the system:
a professional body,
a governmental body,
a combination of the two ?
A profeccional body, the RIAI

Is it organised ? Yes
Who provides the courses:Industry, Private Sector, RIAI
What level of training is provided:

Not mapped to European Qualifications.

Framework – CPD only.

Are certain subjects mandatory ?No
What types of activities or provisions are accepted :

Any activity that is relevant to the competencies of an architect (Article 46 of the PQD)


Do you have any evaluation criteria for the CPD material ?


RIAI Standard and Article 46 of the PQD
Who recognize (accredits) these trainings :The RIAI
Development of the trainings :
A. Estimated number of courses / year
B. Estimated number of participants / year
C. Estimated lesson hours / year

A   Approx 30 per year.

B   Approx 1000

C   Approx 180 lesson hours per year

     (30 x 6 Hours)
Level of requirements for the architects :

40 Hours of CPD, at least 20 of which must be structured.

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) ?

H + E + C+B

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

Requirements to practice in this country

Meet the requirements of the Professional Qualifications Directive  2005/36/EC and/or The Building Control Act 2007




Architectural Policy

Does your country have an Architectural Policy?



New National Policy on Architecture is in development

If yes can you give us the reference? 

Action on Architecture 2002- 2005

Government Policy on Architecture 2009 – 2015

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