riba president Marco Goldschmied is mobilising the institute to try and create a new standard national examination for Part III students in a bid to lift standards and achieve consistency and relevance.
Goldschmied told the aj he has already tabled the idea with officials inside the Institute and at the arb and has held talks on the proposals with key education chiefs. 'It is fair to say the feedback has been positive - I've discussed it with a lot of practitioners and it's had a universal endorsement. It's an encouraging response - people feel it's the right thing in this day and age.'
The president hopes to be in a position where he can take a report into the idea of the national standard, which he called a 'benchmark', and a 'gateway' to the profession to riba council next January. He feels it could be something which could be actually put in place as early as next year. Already the North West branch of the riba runs a similar scheme for all schools in the area, a 'blueprint' for the wider proposal. The proposal is in its early days but may also have a bearing on utilising multimedia and distance learning via the Internet, added Goldschmied. It may also lead to a Register of Practices which are 'particularly committed' to Part III students.