The British Institute of Architectural Technologists (BIAT) has been granted a Royal Charter by the Privy Council.
Once the charter has been officially sealed in July, full members of the BIAT will become known as chartered architectural technologists.
The institute's president Paul Burton said: 'I am extremely proud of this immense achievement for BIAT and its members. It is a very positive step forward recognising the hard work undertaken by members past and present within the profession and the wider industry.
'It enables us to consolidate our achievements such as the establishment of BIAT accredited honours degrees, the S/NVQ4 Architectural Technology, ensuring consumer protection through strict practice protocols and robust yet fair conduct procedures.'
As a result of the award, the organisation will change its name to the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) later in the year.by Richard Waite