RIBA Professional Education and Development Record (PEDR)

RIBA Practical Experience Regulations

These should be read in conjunction with the RIBA Practical Experience Eligibility Criteria.

RIBA Chartered Practices are required to operate employment policies which follow the principles of the RIBA Employment Policy, which includes a commitment to employing students in accordance with the good practice guidance on the PEDR website. All other organisations employing students undertaking practical experience in accordance with the PEDR requirements are strongly encouraged to consider adopting the good practice referred to below, and students should make potential employers aware of this section.

Time off for study and professional activities

Stage One Professional Experience: To allow 6 paid working days in total for professional activities which have the educational objective of broadening the student's professional experience and up to 4 days paid leave in total for attendance at Stage One study/recall days at the student's school of architecture. This will be matched by an equivalent amount of the student's own unpaid time to broadening their professional experience.

Stage Two Professional Experience: To allow 10 paid working days in total for professional activities which have the educational objective of broadening the student's professional experience and 10 working days paid leave in total for attendance at Part Three courses and examinations. Not more than 10 paid working days to be taken in one calendar year.

Professional activities which have the educational objective of broadening the student's professional experience may include activities such as: attendance at site visits or meetings not directly related to the student's own work within the office; work shadowing; buildings visits or office seminars; other non-productive activities which give a breadth of work experience representative of the practice's workload to support the student's understanding and preparation for Part 3 Examination. This will be matched by an equivalent amount of the student's own unpaid time for private study and for broadening their professional experience. Additional time off, paid or unpaid, for examination preparation or for other unproductive activity that the student wishes to undertake to broaden their professional experience is at the discretion of the practice.

Placement and PEDR requirements

Cases where it appears that the application of any rule may be prejudicial to the student concerned may be referred to the RIBA's Vice-President for Education. Please contact the RIBA Education Department for further details.

A new Professional Experience and Development Record sheet should be completed for each period of professional experience of up to 3 months maximum duration.

A student's professional experience should be fully recorded in the RIBA Professional Development and Experience Record as this is a requirement of the RIBA Part 3 documentary submission. The use of the old paper logbook, phased out from 2002, will only be allowed in exceptional circumstances after approval from the student's Professional Studies Advisor/Part 3 course leader, for example if an entrant for the Part 3 examination has a fully signed and completed old log book with at least 18 months of the minimum 24 required.

Completed PEDR quarterly record sheets signed by the Employment Mentor must be received by the Professional Studies Advisor (PSA) within 2 months of the end of the quarter, but preferably within 1 month at the end of the quarter.

The record must be completed fully by the student and signed by the Employment Mentor and the Professional Studies Advisor before it can be submitted for the RIBA Examination in Professional Practice and Management (Part 3)

Late submissions and retrospective completion may only be allowed at the discretion of the PSA, and normally only with exceptional mitigating circumstances e.g. illness, family bereavement, and domestic upheaval. Such circumstances should be brought to the attention of the PSA as soon as is reasonably possible.

Certificates of Professional Experience

Students with lengthy experience who have reached a degree of responsibility in their offices which gives them supervisory functions for which the Professional Experience and Development Scheme does not cater, may apply to their Professional Studies Advisor for permission to use the RIBA Certificates of Professional Experience in lieu of the Professional Experience and Development Record quarterly record sheets, provided that they can satisfy the following conditions:

  • They have had at least 6 years' experience, which must meet the RIBA's practical experience eligibility criteria
  • They are working at a sufficient level to be capable of taking responsibility for small jobs or of acting as a team leader in charge of a number of assistants engaged on either a large project or a series of smaller projects.

Because a Certificate of Professional Experience is of limited value to the Part 3 Professional Examiners in assessing the quality of experience, it must be accompanied by a report (of approximately 2000 words) and supplementary evidence, giving the student's own appreciation of the value of each employment to date.

The Certificates of Professional Experience should be created via the online recording facility on the PEDR website.