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RIBA Part 3 and international career

Jun 28 '14 2 Last Comment
LeanJayne
Jun 28, 14 11:58 am

Hey all,

I went to UK universities and did the whole RIBA shebang - have Parts 1 and 2 as standard. Did my Part 1 year out in a UK practice. After Part 2 I landed a job in Singapore - a great opportunity which of course, I grabbed with both hands. 

(The RIBA / ARB have recently changed their prerequisites for Part 3 examinations, so that the only stipulation is that you must have 12 months of UK experience. Doesn't matter if it's Part 1 or Part 2. There is now a Part 3 course in Hong Kong, too.)

I was considering doing my Part 3 out here, there are just a few reservations that I have:

1) I have to pay for the course myself - no employer sponsorship is available to me

2) I don't have any peers doing the Part 3 here so I feel very much "in the dark" on everything. 

I would like to work in Singapore for a 3-4 year stint. However, would it look strange to a UK employer if I reached 5 years post Part 2 and still hadn't taken the Part 3? I'm torn between how much international experience is "too much" vs "too little" - I don't want my CV to look like I job hop too much. 

If there is anyone on here who has been in a similar situation, I would appreciate some insight. 

 

TED
Jun 28, 14 3:50 pm

Hey LeanJayne,

Go ahead and do the Part 3 if you are supported in terms of going out to the site, etc., needed for the Part 3.

Your global experience will be priceless to any UK practice and if you come back an 'architect' v Assistant - the more the better particularly in terms of salary.

Architect with a suitcase
Aug 30, 14 12:33 am

There is a RIBA Singapore and the new international rep on the RIBA Board is from Singapore. Ask RIBA Education if they are intending to start the Part III in Singapore as they have done in Dubai and Hong Kong. 

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