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?


  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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