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Non-UK architects face Parts 1 and 2 price hike

Costs have sky-rocketed by over £200 for architect candidates with non-prescribed qualifications hoping to take Part 1 or Part 2 examinations in the UK.

In a vote held at yesterday's Architects Registration Board meeting (9 November), a controversial decision was made to increase the cost to take the exams from £998 to £1,210.

The decision was preceded by a heated exchange between various board members, as some felt they did not have enough time to review the changes put forward.

Although the vote was relatively close - with an eight-to-six majority in favour of the price hike - the proposal was passed and will be a major blow to candidates with non-prescribed qualifications.

The news will be particularly devastating for students with non-prescribed qualifications hoping to take their Part 3 examination, such as those from Poland ( Young Poles frozen out by Part 3 red tape), as their qualifications are not recognised by the ARB, despite them being part of the EU.

These candidates will now face a whopping £2,420 fee should they try and gain their Part 3 in the UK.

During the meeting the board made it clear it was reviewing other options to avoid further price hikes in the future, but as yet no concrete decision has been made.

by Richard Vaughan

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