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- Provided for the setting up of a register of architects protecting the use of the title 'architect'
- It does not prevent others from carrying on the practice of architecture.
- Provides for the maintenance of proper standards of professional conduct.
- Provides for limited financial assistance for some students.
- Funded by an annual fee paid by those on the register
 Architects Act 1997 repealed the Architect's Registration Act 1931 and 1938
- Replaced the large organisation, the Architect's Registration Council with the smaller Architect's Registration Board, consisting of seven members elected by persons on the register and eight persons appointed by the Privy Council in consultation with the Secretary of State.
- The Act makes registered people ineligible from being appointed persons, therefore there must always be a lay majority on the board.
- The Act makes provision for a Statutory Professional Conduct Committee which is responsible for disciplinary matters
 Eligibility for registration
- Persons are eligible for registration if they hold such qualifications and have gained such experience as the Board may prescribe or if they have an equivalent standard of competence.
- The joint ARB / RIBA validation arrangements operate, and admission to the register follows the well-established procedures of certified success in recognised examinations at parts 1, 2 and 3.
- As courses in architecture increasingly adopt modular structures and the subjects of study become more diversified it is likely that the board's involvement in validation will increase to enable it to maintain its statutory obligations as the profession evolves and changes.
- An application fee and an annual retention fee is payable for registration.
- It is an offence to become registered or attempt to become registered by making false or fraudulent representations or declarations.
- It is also an offence for an unregistered person to practise or carry on a business under the title containing the word 'architect'.
 Removal from register
A person's name can be removed from the register permanently or for up to a period of two years if:
- The Professional conduct Committee makes a disciplinary order, or if
- The person fails to notify the registrar of a change of address, or if
- The person fails to pay the annual retention fee.
Disciplinary orders may be made in the event of a registered person being found guilty of:
- Unacceptable professional conduct (in relation to the Code of Professional Conduct and Practice), or
- Serious incompetence, or
- A criminal offence relevant to the fitness of the person to practise as an architect.
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