RIBA announces competence tests for chartered architects


RIBA Council has approved the introduction of a mandatory level of Health and Safety knowledge, including Fire Safety, for all Chartered Architects, to be tested every 5 years. This test will be mandatory for all members to complete from the 2022 subscription year.

There is widespread acceptance that the built environment has an urgent role to play in responding to the climate emergency, and the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge calls on members to meet net zero whole life carbon (or less) in the buildings they design by 2030. It is anticipated that the Climate Literacy required to enable Chartered Architects to meet the 2030 Climate Challenge will follow as the second Mandatory Competence.

Ethics and Social Purpose is likely to be the third Mandatory Competence and the fourth to be Research Literacy, both flowing from the findings and recommendations of the 2018 RIBA Ethics and Sustainable Development Commission.

The full detail can be read in RIBA’s The Way Ahead.