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The Professional Certificate in Architecture (PCiA) provides post-Part I mentoring, advice, monitoring and support as graduates develop their Professional Experience and Development Record (PEDR). This is a mandatory component of the RIBA Examination in Professional Practice and Management in preparation for Part III studies.

What the Professional Certificate in Architecture can offer you
• PEDR endorsement
In order to qualify as an architect it is a requirement that you complete a Professional Education and Development Record (PEDR). This should show the breadth of work you have undertaken in practice or industry. The PEDR must be signed quarterly by a Practice Mentor and a Professional Studies Advisor. The course provides a framework for endorsement of your PEDR and a Professional Studies Adviser to guide and advise you throughout the year.

• Recall days
Three times a year you will be invited to attend a one-day symposium where you will be encouraged to discuss and compare your experiences with colleagues. Keynote lectures on these days will be fully relevant to your work and development.

• Access to NTU facilities
As an enrolled student you will have access to excellent university facilities including: NOW, the virtual learning environment; the Boots Library; IT Services and; the Careers Service, a vital resource for notification of employment opportunities and CV advice.

Your assessment is based upon a review of the professional diary which you are required to maintain, recording reflections upon the experience you have gained over the 15-month period.

Please note: This course does not represent a placement programme. You are required to find employment opportunities. You will, however, have access to NTU facilities as described above. The course should be understood simply as a ‘graduate monitoring service’ offered by NTU in relation to professional practice.

Start date
The course has a flexible start date, so you can commence as soon as you obtain a placement post. You should apply for the course to run alongside your professional experience in practice. The course entitles you to support and PEDR endorsement for a maximum of 15 months, during which time your experience will be monitored by your Professional Studies Adviser.

Visit the Professional Certificate in Architecture page on the Nottingham Trent University website for more details!




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