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Architectural Technology is the technology of architecture: a creative, innovative design discipline rooted in science and engineering.
Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options improve with chartered status.
Along with your core subjects of Maths, English and Science, relevant subjects include Art, Graphic Design, Resistant Materials, Information Technology and Design Technology.
If your aim is to become a Chartered Architectural Technologist, MCIAT, you should study A/AS levels in England, Highers in Scotland, and the Leaving Certificate in Ireland or equivalent qualifications.
To start on a career towards becoming a Chartered Architectural Technologist, you should enrol on a Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) Accredited Honours degree or equivalent qualification in Architectural Technology.
Alternatively, you can progress with an Honours degree or equivalent qualification in a built environment subject, or a HNC/D in a built environment subject.
If you choose not to study to gain a formal qualification you can progress through experience and self-learning. CIAT recognises the value of work-based learning through work experience.
The Chartered Architectural Technologist (CIAT) is the qualifying body for Architectural Technology.
Becoming a Chartered Architectural Technologist shows recognition of your knowledge and competence in Architectural Technology. This can enhance your career, boost your salary and allow you to run your own architectural practice.
Option 1: Undertake the MCIAT Professional Assessment process. The Professional Assessment is a flexible qualifying system for those who are suitably experienced and/or specialise within Architectural Technology. It is a holistic self-assessment of your professional experience and it is your responsibility to demonstrate the required level of professional experience. Once the Professional Assessment application has been assessed and passed, the Professional Assessment Interview must also be undertaken and passed.
Option 2: Complete the Chartered Architectural Technologist Professional and Occupational Performance (POP) Record. The POP Record sets out the standards against which you must assess your own competence, with confirmation from a qualified professional, who will act as a Supervisor. Once this has been assessed and passed, you must pass a Professional Practice Interview.