Candidate FAQs



Please have a look over our FAQs below which answer common questions we are asked.

APEAS (Architects’ Professional Examination Authority in Scotland Ltd.) is a private company established to set and conduct the Part 3 Examination in Professional Practice and Management in Architecture. A Board of Directors, who set policy and objectives, oversee the running of APEAS. Dr Peter Kahan, Chief Executive Officer, runs the company on a day to day basis.

Contact information for Dr Kahan can be found in the Contacts section.

In order to enter for the Part 3 Examination you must have qualifications that satisfy ARB/RIBA Parts 1 and 2. In addition, you will require between the start of your course in Architecture and submitting the documents for your Part 3 Examination a minimum of two years of logged, signed professional experience, of which 12 months must be undertaken in the 2-years immediately prior to submitting your documentary submissions to APEAS.

Please contact Dr. Peter Kahan, CEO APEAS, to discuss your situation.

The RIBA Professional Experience and Development Record (PEDR) is specifically designed to provide practice examiners with a clear and consistent record of your experience, which allows the examiners to evaluate your experience effectively. For this reason, practice examiners prefer that you use this method to record your experience. Any other recording method runs the risk of failing to provide information in a form that allows consistent and effective evaluation by the examiners and may prove ineffective in persuading examiners of the quality, range or depth of your experience.

For further information on the Professional Experience and Development Record please see For full details of how to maintain your professional record please see the Guide for Candidates  (Chapter 3)

All candidates sitting the Experience component (including resits) should ensure that as a part of their 24 months of experience they submit a minimum of 12 months of experience within the previous two years.

Yes, you may be able to use the RIBA Certificate of Professional Experience. To be eligible to use the RIBA Certificate you must satisfy the following conditions:

  • have the permission of your PSA to use the Certificate of Professional Experience route
  • have a minimum of six years’ experience which must meet the ARB/RIBA professional experience eligibility  criteria
  • be working at a sufficient level to take responsibility for small jobs or of acting as a team leader in charge of a number of assistants involved in either a large project or a range of smaller projects

You can find more details regarding the RIBA Certificate of Professional Experience in Section 3.7 of the Guide for Candidates or on the PEDR website (

By completing the APEAS Registration Form which you can download  from the registration page of the website

Please see the section on Fees by clicking – here

No. You do not need to re-register once you have registered with APEAS but you will have to pay the resit or deferment fee.

You do not have to complete a new Registration Form if you are a re-sit or deferred candidate but you must supply APEAS with all changes in details from that shown on your original Registration Form.

If you deferred sitting or failed part of the Part 3 Examination last year APEAS will write to you to ask if you wish to sit the Examination in the current year.

If you are a re-sit or deferred candidate from a previous year please contact Dr Peter Kahan to find out what you have to do to sit the Part 3 Examination.

In Appendix 3 of the Guide for Candidates or in our Important Dates section

From 2012/13 APEAS has been using the new jointly held ARB/RIBA Part 3 criteria for its Part 3 Examination. These criteria are composed of the following five main headings:

  • Professionalism
  • Clients, users and delivery of services
  • Legal Framework and processes
  • Practice and management
  • Building procurement

A copy of the ARB/RIBA criteria can be found in Appendix 1 of the Guide for Candidates

You will have to submit the following documentary submissions for your Part 3 Examination by the required date:

  1. Practice Paper response
  2. Experience Based Analysis report
  3. Record of Experience (x 2 copies)
  4. Evaluation of Experience (x 2 copies)

For full details of each of these documentary submissions please see the Guide for Candidates

You will sit the Practice Paper in your place of employment, over a specified period of 48 hours.

The Paper is based on a hypothetical scenario from architectural practice in which a range of inter-related problems and issues are raised in a question paper.  If you would like to see some past papers, click here

As regards the practice paper, there should be no substantial changes to this after the electronic version has been submitted. The time allowed between completion of the paper and submission is to allow for minor changes to layout, design, etc and to allow time for printing and binding – NOT to change the actual content of the answers.

There are three components in the APEAS Part 3 Examination:

  1. Practice Paper
  2. Experience Based Analysis
  3. Experience (a combination of the Record of Experience and the Evaluation of Experience)

Yes, you must sit all three components at your first sitting of the APEAS Part 3 Examination.

Your documentary submissions are assessed by two practice examiners (registered architects with a minimum of seven years post registration experience) and initially graded.The final assessment on each component will be made following the oral examination:  that is, examiners can moderate their grades up or down in light of the answers you give at your oral interview.  It should be noted that grades are used for internal assessment and quality assurance purposes only and are not revealed to candidates.

Yes. The policy is as follows:

The APEAS Board has agreed that candidates sitting the Part 3 Examination in 2011/12 and thereafter will be allowed a maximum of two re-sit examination attempts in three years of first sitting the Part 3 Examination. If a candidate fails to pass the Part 3 Examination after these two re-sit attempts or in three years of originally sitting the Part 3 Examination he/she will have to re-take all three components of the Part 3 Examination.

You will receive notification of whether you have passed or failed the Part 3 Examination by letter, normally within one week of the Oral Examinations.

RIAS grant acces to Part 3 students in the 3 weeks leading up to their examination – see the News section for details of how to access near the time of your examination

If you are working outwith Scotland, and are using regulations etc applicable to another part of the UK, you should answer the question using these regulations and identify where there is a difference

If you have not found the answer to your query above, or elsewhere on the website, please do not hesitate to contact us.