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Exemption from the RIBA Part Three Examination Professional Practice – RIBA Part 3

Course content

Duration: 9 or 11 months, which includes 12 weeks of lectures plus tutorials and seminar (part-time).

Mode of study
Part-time

Simple timetable information
Lectures – part-time evenings
Tutorials – by appointment, daytime
Seminar – part-time day

Non-standard entry requirements: Overseas students ARB recognition of equivalency of qualifications to RIBA Parts 1 and 2.

Course units
– 12 weeks of lectures
– Adequate post Part 2 practical training
– 10,000 word case study
– 2,000 career evaluation
– Examination preparation seminar
– 2 written examinations, 1½ and 3 hours, followed by 1 hour long professional interview with 2 professional Part 3 examiners

Course description
This is essentially a refresher course in the subject of professional practice. It aims to prepare Part Two student candidates with adequate professional experience coming forward to the Part Three, Professional Practice examination. The Professional Practice course covers salient and significant areas of the Professional Practice syllabus as set out by the RIBA including current building legislation, contract law, types of building contract, Management of Architecture, Practice and Construction, Financial Control, Professional Liability and Dispute Resolution.

Career opportunities
The Professional Practice course is suitable for architects who wish to practice independently, for those seeking promotion within their present employment, or for those wishing to go on to certain specialist roles within the building industry.

Typical background of applicant
UK students of architecture who have passed both RIBA Parts One and Two in Professional Practice as part of their degree and diplomas or, for overseas students/architects, Architects Registration Board (ARB) recognition of equivalency of qualifications to RIBA Parts One and Two.

Professional contacts/industry links
Professional recognition – successful completion of the course and passing all parts of the Professional Practice Examination gives exemption from the RIBA Part Three examination and enables candidates to register with the ARB of the UK and also join RIBA as a corporate member.

Recent guest lecturers
– Matthew Borowiecki and Elaine Stowell of ARB, Context for Practice
– Stephen Brookhouse, Management of Architecture and Construction
– Derek Tatnall, Building procurement, JCT Contracts and Party Wall Matters
– Brian Pinda-Ayers, Financial Control
– Michael Evans and Ian Bourne, Building Legislation and CDM Fire Regulations
– Frank Woods, Professional Liability and Dispute Resolution

Additional notes
– Tutorials in preparation of the 10,000 word case study and career evaluation
– Study groups to prepare for the written examinations
– Examination preparation seminar
– Two written examinations one and a half hour and three hours (unseen papers) followed by one hour long professional interview with two professional Part Three examiners.

Visit the Exemption from the RIBA Part Three Examination Professional Practice – RIBA Part 3 page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

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