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Competence tests for architects included in Building Safety Bill

The Architects Registration Board (ARB) is to be handed new powers to police the competence of architects under a forthcoming overhaul of the building regulations

The change is one of hundreds being brought forward in the Building Safety Bill, which was published in draft form on 20 July in the wake of the Hackitt Report.

The draft Bill contains a section which would amend the Architects Act 1997 to allow the ARB to remove people from the register if they have not ‘undertaken such recent training’ as to satisfy it.

The Government has said: "Most other regulated professions require their registrants to demonstrate competence throughout their career and most professional membership bodies have mandatory CPD requirements […] This proposal brings the architects profession in line with best practice."

The ARB has already launched a review of the regulation of architects and plans to consult on how to monitor architects’ competence – as well as on changes to the syllabus – later this year.

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