Part 3

Professional Practice Part 3 is the final examination and course formally recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) which allows candidates to register as Architects, with the Architects Registration Board (ARB). It is open to both AA graduates and eligible non-graduates. It is also available to registered professionals wanting to refresh their practice knowledge through continuous professional development (CPD). Pre-registration is highly recommended.

The course is offered in two formats: in the autumn as a full-time course lasting two weeks; and in the spring as a Saturday School for ten weeks for candidates who prefer to study over a longer period or who may have difficulty with weekday attendance.

Autumn 2019 Course (Two weeks) 2 September – 13 September
Spring 2020 Course (Saturdays only) 11 January – 21 March


Both courses cover all topics central to professional practice, including business management, building legislation, planning and building regulations, running a small business and communication skills such as personal presentation.

Building Contract Game Tuesday 27 – Wednesday 28 August

A two-day optional course, the Contract Game involves teams working together to devise strategies to overcome contract issues and practical problems during project negotiations.


Part 3 Course £2000
Part 3 Examination £1500
Building Contract Game £300

Key documents

All prospective students must read the Part 3 Handbook which provides all course and exam details. Candidates ready to sit the examination must establish their eligibility by submitting Initial Assessment (IA) documents which includes their Professional Experience Development Record (PEDR) or AA’s Certificate of Professional Experience (CPE).


To make an appointment with the Professional Studies Advisor, or for general enquiries contact


Professional Studies Coordinator

Jennifer Anderson
(maternity leave)
Caroline Surawy
(maternity cover)
T: +44 (0)20 7887 4082

Head of Part 3/Professional Studies Advisor

Paul Crosby
T: +44 (0)20 7887 4040

Links & downloads

Part 3 Handbook
Initial Assessment
AA Working Out in Architecture
AA Certificate of Professional Experience

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