RIBA Professional Education and Development Record (PEDR)

PEDR Categories of Experience

The following chart describes the various professional environments in which a student may gain professional experience and the recommended minimum number of months admissible in each environment.

The RIBA and the ARB share in common the main practical experience criteria and the definitions which underpin this. For more information on the ARB's requirements please see The ARB's Requirements.

Cat Location of Practical Experience Recommended duration of experience Previous category (pre-August 2011 changes)
i Experience of architectural practice in the UK, EEA, Channel Islands or Isle of Man, under the direct supervision of an architect either registered with the Architects Registration Board or registered within the territory where the experience is being undertaken.

Strongly recommended that a minimum of 12 months is undertaken in the UK prior to sitting Part 3, as Part 3 is a test of competence to practise in the UK context

Can be used for both Stage 1 and Stage 2 experience.

A, C, H, K
ii Experience of architectural practice in any other location, under the direct supervision of an architect registered within the territory where the experience is being undertaken Can be used for both Stage 1 and Stage 2 experience B, C, K
iii Experience within the construction industry under the supervision of a qualified professional within the relevant field Can be used for both Stage 1 and Stage 2 experience. D, E

Notes

  • Stage 1 experience is that undertaken any time between the start of a Part 1 course and the start of a Part 2 course, and Stage 2 experience is that undertaken any time from the start of a Part 2 course up until taking Part 3.
  • 3 months is the maximum period of experience that can be included in each record sheet. Periods of less than 3 months may be accepted at your PSA's discretion. A month is defined as a calendar month of full time working (at least 20 hours a week). Reasonable time off for holidays and illness may be included in this period. Where the work in less than 20 hours per week, applicants will be expected to complete a commensurately longer period of experience.
  • The 'construction industry' will include qualified professionals typically involved in the procurement, design and management of the built environment.
  • 'Qualified professional' will be an architect registered in the territory where the experience is being undertaken, or a chartered or similarly qualified member of an appropriate professional body.
  • 'Direct supervision' means the person supervising should have responsibility for and control over the work being undertaken
  • In the UK an architect is a person who is registered with the Architects Registration Board, and may be a chartered member of the RIBA.
  • Outside the UK, an architect is a person who complies with the local regulations (or competent authority in the EU), concerning the use of the title or function of an architect.