The Australian Institute of Architects has welcomed a new mutual recognition agreement between the United Kingdom and Australia that will allow architects to work in either country without the need for further training or examinations.
Following extensive collaboration from the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) and their UK counterparts the Architects Registration Board (ARB), the agreement recognises the qualifications and professional registrations of architects in both countries.
Australian Institute of Architects National President Shannon Battisson said the agreement would benefit architects on both sides of the world.
“We recognise the significant efforts from our accreditation body and that in the UK, and we thank them for that,” she said.
“This new agreement between the UK and Australia will make it easier for architects to work across borders and provide their services to clients in both countries
“Mutual accreditation will help ensure the highest standards of architecture qualifications and skills are maintained.”
There are four types of applications available under the mutual recognition agreement: UK Registration Recognition, UK Qualifications Recognition, Australian Registration Recognition for UK, and Australian Qualification Recognition for UK.
All applicants must submit two separate applications to complete the mutual recognition process, one in their home country to achieve certification, and an application for registration in the destination country.
Qualified graduates will need to have their Certificate of Eligibility, along with other documentation, reviewed and approved by the relevant authority to finalise the application.
Application fees apply and vary by type of recognition and country of origin. For applicants from Australia, charges range from $450 to $4,900.
The Architects Registration Board (ARB) UK is the body responsible for prescribing the qualifications and experience required for architects in the UK. The Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) supports nationally consistent high-quality qualifications and licensing of architects in Australia.
For more information on the Mutual Recognition Agreement and the application process, please visit the websites of the Architects Registration Board (ARB) UK and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA).
For further information, please contact: Rosanne Barrett on behalf of the Australian Institute of Architects | M. +61 (0) 425 420 024 | email@example.com