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4 [F1Registration in Part 1 of the Register: general]E+W+S+N.I.

(1)A person who has applied to the Registrar in the prescribed manner for registration in pursuance of this section is entitled to be registered [F2in Part 1 of the Register] if—

(a)he holds such qualifications and has gained such practical experience as may be prescribed; or

(b)he has a standard of competence which, in the opinion of the Board, is equivalent to that demonstrated by satisfying paragraph (a).

(2)The Board may require a person who applies for registration on the ground that he satisfies subsection (1)(b) to pass a prescribed examination in architecture.

[F3(2A)For the purposes of subsection (1), a Directive-rights national shall be treated as having achieved a standard of competence equivalent to that demonstrated by satisfying subsection (1)(a) if—

(a)he produces evidence of a description specified in section 4A(1) [F4which provides access to the profession of architect in the relevant European State in which that evidence was issued];

(b) he produces to the Registrar a certificate, awarded by a relevant European state other than the United Kingdom, that attests that Article 48(2) of the Directive (authorisation to use the title of architect by reason of being especially distinguished by quality of work in the field of architecture) applies to him; or

(c)he is a person—

(i)whose case falls within [F5regulation 3(8)(a), (b), (c) or (e) of the European Union (Recognition of Professional Qualifications) Regulations 2015] ,

(ii)to whom [F6regulations 27 to 34] of those Regulations apply by reason of operation of [F7regulation 3(5)] of those Regulations, and

(iii)who is permitted to pursue the profession of architect in the United Kingdom by virtue of Part 3 of those Regulations (having, in particular, successfully passed any aptitude test that he may be required to undertake pursuant to that Part of those Regulations).]

(3)Before prescribing—

(a)qualifications or practical experience for the purposes of subsection (1)(a); or

(b)any examination for the purposes of subsection (2),

the Board shall consult the bodies representative of architects which are incorporated by royal charter and such other professional and educational bodies as it thinks appropriate.

(4)Where a person has duly applied for registration in pursuance of this section—

(a)if the Registrar is satisfied that the person is entitled to be registered [F8in pursuance of this section], he shall enter his name in [F9Part 1 of] the Register; but

(b)if the Registrar is not so satisfied, he shall refer the application to the Board.

(5)The Registrar shall not consider an application for registration in pursuance of this section in any case in which it is inappropriate for him to do so (for instance because he is in any way connected with the applicant) but in such a case he shall refer the application to the Board.

(6)Where a person’s application is referred to the Board under subsection (4) or (5), the Board shall direct the Registrar to enter the person’s name in [F10Part 1 of] the Register if it is satisfied that he is entitled to be registered [F11in pursuance of this section].

[F12(7)For the purposes of subsection (2A)(a), evidence is to be treated as issued in a relevant European State if it is issued in a country (or former country) whose territory at any time consisted of, or included, the whole or part of the territory of that State.]

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F5Words in s. 4(2A)(c)(i) substituted (9.12.2016) by The Architects Act 1997 (Amendment) Order 2016 (S.I. 2016/1088), arts. 1, 2(2)(a)

F6Words in s. 4(2A)(c)(ii) substituted (9.12.2016) by The Architects Act 1997 (Amendment) Order 2016 (S.I. 2016/1088), arts. 1, 2(2)(b)(i)

F7Words in s. 4(2A)(c)(ii) substituted (9.12.2016) by The Architects Act 1997 (Amendment) Order 2016 (S.I. 2016/1088), arts. 1, 2(2)(b)(ii)

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