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Just finished your part 3 exams? What now?

Wow, you did it! You passed the part 3 architecture exams! That’s a huge achievement, and you should be super proud of yourself. You’ve worked so hard to get here, and you’ve shown that you have what it takes to be a registered architect in the UK. Now you can relax a bit before you tackle your case study. You’re almost there, just one more push! The part 3 exams are no joke. They test your ability to practice architecture in all kinds of areas, like professionalism, law, practice and management, and procurement. You need to know a lot of stuff, and have a lot of experience, to pass them. You’ve proven that you have the knowledge, skills and attitude that the Architects Registration Board (ARB) expects from you. You’ve climbed the highest mountain, and now you only have a few hills left. You still need to submit your case study and do your interview. Don’t lose focus now! Here are some tips to help you get through the next few weeks:

  • Go over your case study and make sure it’s clear, concise and relevant. You need to show your competence to practice architecture according to the criteria in the part 3 handbook. You also need to include a critical analysis and reflection on your project, highlighting the challenges, solutions and outcomes.

  • After you submit your case study, review it again with fresh eyes (and less stress). If you notice anything that you think might be a weakness, prepare some information on what you would do differently next time.

  • Prepare your portfolio and CV to showcase your skills and qualifications. You need to choose the projects that best show your experience and abilities in different stages of the plan of work. You also need to highlight your role and responsibilities in each project, and how you contributed to the design, delivery and evaluation of the project.

  • Practice your presentation and communication skills. You need to be able to explain your case study project and answer any questions that the examiners might have. Why not try it out on a family member or friend who doesn’t know much about architecture? If you can make them understand your case study, then you’re on the right track! You also need to be able to talk about yourself, your career goals, and your professional development. You can use visual aids, such as sketches, diagrams or models, to help you get your ideas across.

  • Be confident and flexible. You need to show that you are confident in your knowledge, skills and attitude, but also willing to learn from feedback and criticism. You also need to be able to adapt to different scenarios and problems that might come up during the interview. You need to focus on the impact and value of your work as an architect.

  • Be sure to know that your interview can be a time when the examiners may ask questions relating to your exam. They may be unclear on something or want you to clarify a point, so make sure and have a read over your exam questions. If you notice you were incorrect or could have answered something better, prepare it! If you missed out answering any of the exam questions prepare an answer for the interview.

Ok, so now you’ve submitted your case study, and your interview is over! But what happens next? How long will it take to get your results and register as an architect? What are some tips to make the most of your achievement and advance your career?

The results of the part 3 exams are usually announced within 6 weeks after the exam date. You will get an email or be told what date to check an online portal by your exam provider. If you’ve passed, congratulations! Now it’s time to register yourself with ARB.

To register as an architect with ARB, you need to fill out the application form, pay the registration fee, and provide evidence of your identity, qualifications, and experience. You can find out more on the ARB website. Once you are registered, you can use the title ‘Architect’ and apply for chartered membership with the RIBA.

To make the most of your achievement and advance your career, you should update your CV, portfolio, and online profile with your new status as an architect. You should also network with other professionals, seek mentorship and guidance from senior architects, and look for opportunities to learn new skills and take on more responsibilities.

This is a good time to reflect on your career path and your future goals. If you feel like your current job is not helping you grow professionally and achieve your dreams, you have the option to look for a new job.

Make sure you celebrate your success with your friends, family and colleagues.

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