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The Architects Rules 1991

Architects Rules

(Chapter 12, Section 36)
- Part 1 and 2

Rule 1 -
Citation

1. These Rules may be cited as the Architects Rules.

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PART I
REGISTRATION

Rule 2 -
Form of application

2. An application for registration as an architect under the Act shall be in the Form 1 set out in the First Schedule.

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Rule 3 -
Qualifications and training

3.- (1) An application for registration under the Act made by a person who holds any qualification referred to in section 15 (1) (a) or (b) of the Act shall be accompanied by a copy of the qualification by which he claims to be entitled to such registration.

(2) An application for registration under the Act made by a person referred to in section 15 (1) (c) of the Act shall be accompanied by such evidence of training in architecture as the Board may require.

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Rule 3A -
Prescribed examinations for purposes of section 15 (2) of Act

3A.- (1) The following examinations shall be the prescribed examinations for the purposes of section 15 (2) (a) (ii) of the Act:

(a) the Law and the Architect Examination, which tests the applicant’s technical knowledge on the various Acts, by-laws, rules and regulations, limitations, codes of practice, submission and application procedures relating to the practice of architecture in Singapore;

(b) the Professional Practice Examination, which tests the applicant’s understanding of and his abilities in Contract Administration and Project Management; and

(c) the Oral Interview Examination (to be conducted only after the applicants has sat for and passed the examinations referred to in sub-paragraphs (a) and (b)), which covers the following areas:

i) the topics set out in sub-paragraphs (a) and (b);

ii) the data recorded in the applicant’s Professional Case Study, Practical Experience Record Book and Log Book; and

iii) the mentoring process of the applicant.

(2) The prescribed oral examination for the purposes of section 15(2)(b)(ii) of the Act shall be the Professional Practice Interview Examination, which covers the following areas:

(a) the topics set out in paragraph (1) (a) and (b); and

(b) the data recorded in the applicant’s Professional Case Study, Practical Experience Record Book and Log Book.

(3) The prescribed oral examination for the purposes of section 15(2)(c)(ii) of the Act shall be the Professional Interview, in which the applicant will be asked to elaborate on his aspirations in relation to his practice of architecture in Singapore, his professional opinion on improving the architectural practice and standards in Singapore and his achievements in the architectural profession.

(4) The Board shall -

(a) appoint a Committee of Examiners to conduct the examinations referred to in paragraphs (1) , (2) and (3);

(b) determine the date, time and place for the examinations to be held;

(c) determine the number of such examinations to be conducted in a year (not being less than one examination per year);

(d) determine the scope and duration of such examinations;

(e) determine the procedure for the conduct of such examinations; and

(f) notify each applicant of the result of his examination as soon as practicable.

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Rule 3B -
Application to sit for prescribed examinations

3B.- (1) Every application to sit for an examination referred to in rule 3A(1), (2) or (3) shall be -

(a) made in such form and manner as the Board may determine;

(b) submitted not less than 60 days before the date of the examination;

(c) accompanied by a copy of the applicant’s Professional Case Study, Practical Experience Record Book and Log Book; and

(d) accompanied by the appropriate fee specified in the Third Schedule.

(2) Where a person who have applied to sit for any of the examinations referred to in rule 3A(1), (2) or (3) is unable to sit for the examination, the Board may, in its discretion, refund any fee or part thereof paid by that person under this rule.

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Rule 4 -
Practical experience

4.- (1) The practical experience that a person is required to have under section 15 (2) (a) or (b) of the Act in order to be entitled to registration under the Act shall be such practical experience in architectural work undertaken by an architect engaged in the practice of architecture as may be acceptable to the Board, which shall include practical experience obtained in Singapore for a continuous period of at least 12 months under the supervision of a registered architect in the employ of the Government or a registered architect who has in force a practising certificate.

(2) No person shall be eligible to sit for the examination referred to in section 15 (2) (a) of the Act unless he has the practical experience prescribed in paragraph (1).

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Rule 5 -
Evidence of practical Experience

5.- (1) Every person applying for registration under the Act shall submit with his application proof in writing of his practical experience, which shall include details of the duration and a description of the practical experience in such form as the Board may require.

(2) The Board may, with a view to determining the nature of an applicant's practical experience, conduct an interview with the applicant.

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Rule 6 -
Further evidence and other requirements

6.- (1) The Board may require an applicant to furnish such other evidence or particulars as the Board considers necessary to determine whether the applicant is entitled to registration under the Act.

(2) The Board may further require an applicant to submit a project report to demonstrate his experience in the different areas of architectural practice.

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Rule 7 -
Fee for registration

7. Every application for registration under the Act shall be accompanied by appropriate fee specified in the Third Schedule, and such fee shall not be refundable.

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Rule 8 -
Decision of Board

8.- (1) When any person applies for registration under the Act, the Registrar shall as soon as practicable refer the application to the Board.

(2) Notification of every decision of the Board with respect to any application for registration under the Act shall be given to the applicant by letter signed by the Registrar addressed to the applicant at the address stated by him in the application.

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Rule 9 -
Form of certificate of registration

9.-(1) A registered architect shall, on payment of the appropriate fee specified in the Third Schedule, be issued a certificate of registration duly signed by the Registrar

(2) The certificate of registration shall be in the Form 2 set out in the First Schedule.

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Rule 10 -
Removal of name from register of architects

10. An application by a registered architect to have his name removed from the register of architects shall be in the Form 3 set out in the First Schedule.

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PART II
PRACTISING CERTIFICATES

Rule 10A -
Definitions of this Part

10A.– (1) In this Part –

“continuing professional development point” means a continuing professional development point which a registered architect obtains by successfully completing any continuing professional development program;

“continuing professional development program’ means any activity, course or programme in the list of activities, courses or programmes published by the Board under rule 13B;

“qualifying period”, in relation to a registered architect, means the period of 12 months immediately preceding the date on which the practising certificate in respect of which he has made an application is to commence;

“requisite continuing professional development points”, in relation to a registered architect, means the number of continuing professional development points he is required to obtain under rule 13A (2),(3) or (4), as the case may be.

(2) In this Part, a registered architect obtains a specified number of continuing development points if he successfully completes one or more of the activities, courses or programmes in the list published under rule 13B, the total number of continuing professional development points of which equals or exceeds that specified number.

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Rule 10B

10B. Deleted by S 761/2005, wef 01/12/2005

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Rule 11 -
Form of application

11. An application for a practising certificate shall be in the Form 4 set out in the First Schedule and shall be signed by the applicant.

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Rule 12 -
Fee for application

12. For the purposes of section 18 (3) (c) of the Act, every application for a practicing certificate shall be accompanied by the appropriate fee specified in the Third Schedule, and such fee shall not be refundable.

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Rule 13 -
Additional fee for late application

13.- (1) Where an application for a practising certificate authorising the holder thereof to engage in the practice of architecture during any year or part thereof is made on or after 1st January of that year or after 1st December of the previous year, a late application fee specified in the Third Schedule shall, in addition to the fee payable under rule 12, accompany and be payable in respect of that application, and such late application fee shall not be refundable.

(2) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to any first application for a practising certificate after registration under the Act or the repealed Act.

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Rule 13A -
Requirements as to continuing professional education

13A.- (1) For the purposes of section 18 (4) (f) of the Act, the Board may refuse to issue a practising certificate to a registered architect if he fails to satisfy the Board that he has obtained or will obtain the requisite continuing professional development points during the qualifying period.

(2) Where a registered architect is below the age of 60 years on the date on which the practising certificate in respect of which he has made an application is to commence, the requisite continuing professional development points he is required to obtain before a practising certificate may be issued to him is 20 continuing professional development points.

(3) Where a registered architects is of or above the age of 60 years but below the age of 70 years on the date on which the practising certificate in respect of which he has made an application is to commence, the requisite continuing professional development points he is required to obtain before a practising certificate may be issued to him is 15 continuing development points.

(4) Where a registered architect is of or above the age of 70 years on the date on which the practising certificate in respect of which he has made an application is to commence, the requisite continuing professional development points he is required to obtain before a practising certificate may be issued to him is 10 continuing professional development points.

(5) The Board may issue a practising certificate to a registered architect notwithstanding that he has failed to obtain the requisite continuing professional development points applicable to him during the qualifying period if the registered architect gives an undertaking that he will make up for the shortfall in the requisite continuing professional development points during the period of 12 months immediately following the last day of the qualifying period.

(6) If a practising certificate has been issued to a registered architect by virtue of an undertaking given under paragraph (5), any continuing professional development points obtained by the registered architect to make up for the shortfall in the requisite continuing professional development points referred to in that paragraph shall be disregarded for the purpose of a subsequent application for a practising certificate.

(7) Notwithstanding paragraphs (2), (3) and (4), the Board may, in such special circumstances as it may determine, issue a practising certificate to a registered architect even though he has failed to satisfy the Board that he has obtained the requisite continuing professional development points applicable to him during the qualifying period.

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Rule 13B -
List of activities, etc., with professional development points

13B. The Board shall publish on its Internet website a list of activities, courses and programmes for the purposed of this Part and the number of continuing professional development points which a registered architect obtains by successfully completing each of the activities, courses and programmes.

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Rule 13C -
Issue of guidelines and directives

13C. For the purposes of rules 13A and 13B, the Board may issue such guidelines and directives, not inconsistent with the provisions of these Rules, as the Board considers necessary.

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Rule 13D

13D. Deleted by S 761/2005, wef 01/12/2005.

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Rule 14 -
Evidence

14. The Board may require a statutory declaration or such other evidence as the Board may consider necessary to support the facts, circumstances or particulars contained in any application for a practising certificate.

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Rule 15 -
Form of practising certificate

15. A practising certificate shall be in the Form 5 set out in the First Schedule.

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