Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists

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Frequently Asked Questions




Architectural Technology

  1. What does a Chartered Architectural Technologist, MCIAT, do?
  2. What does being a Chartered Architectural Technologist, MCIAT, mean?
  3. What does an Architectural Technician, TCIAT, do?

Appointing a Member or their practice

  1. I wish to undertake a building project - how can CIAT members help me?
  2. I want a loft conversion/extension/new garage etc. Can CIAT members help?
  3. I just want someone to draw plans for me - can a CIAT member help?
  4. Will a CIAT member supervise a building project?
  5. Will a Chartered Architectural Technologist be cheaper than an architect on a building project?
  6. What else can CIAT members do?

International

  1. What is CIAT’s international strategy?
  2. What is CIAT’s overseas activity?
  3. Where is my profession recognised?
  4. What is a Competent Authority?
  5. Why is CIAT membership not recognised in certain countries?
  6. What can I do to promote my Institute?
  7. European recognition
  8. Outside Europe

Is someone a member?

  1. How can I confirm if somebody is a member of CIAT?
  2. What happens if I cannot find a member who is offering and/or providing services on the Find a Pract
  3. What happens if I cannot find the person who says they are a member on 'Check a member'
  4. How do I make a complaint about a CIAT member?

Careers and membership

  1. How can I become a Chartered Architectural Techologist or Architectural Tec
  2. What is the difference between a Chartered Architectural Technologist and an architect?
  3. What does CIAT Approval, Accreditation or Recognition mean?
  4. Where can I study?
  5. I've just completed my course, what should I do now?
  6. Is it possible to change careers within the built environment?
  7. Is it possible for other Chartered professionals within the built environment to qualify with CIAT?
  8. How can I become a member of CIAT?
  9. How do I choose a course?
  10. Can I be a member if I live outside the UK?
  11. What is a profile candidate?
  12. What is an Associate, ACIAT, member?
  13. What is a Professional Occupational Performance (POP) Record and how do I start?
  14. What is the Professional Practice Interview (PPI)?
  15. Is it possible to progress from an architect to a Chartered Architectural Technologist?
  16. Is it possible for Chartered Architectural Technologists to qualify with other professional bodies?

Student membership

  1. How does CIAT support students?
  2. Why don't students have a designation such as SCIAT?

The Institute

  1. What is CIAT?
  2. What is a CIAT Region or Centre?
  3. What do the Regions and Centres do?
  4. As a member of the Institute, can CIAT help me get a job?
  5. Who makes the decisions at CIAT and who implements the actions?
  6. Does CIAT make money?

Considering or looking to study Architectural Technology

Architectural Technology is the technology of architecture — it’s all about creating and understanding design and turning ideas into reality. It’s about buildability, durability and sustainability of construction

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