How to become an architectural technician
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You can qualify as an architectural technician by taking a foundation degree or higher national diploma approved by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists. Subjects include:
- architectural technology
- built environment
You'll usually need:
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
You could do a college course, which could teach you some of the skills you'll need in this job. Examples include:
- Level 3 Certificate in 3D Design
- Level 3 Diploma in Built Environment Design
- T level in Design, Surveying and Planning in Construction
You may need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
The following apprenticeships may be relevant to this role:
- Level 3 Digital engineering technician
- Level 4 Construction design and build technician
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
Employers may take you on as a trainee if you have 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and 2 A levels, in subjects like maths, science, IT and technology.
They may accept equivalent qualifications in engineering or construction, for example the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Constructing the Built Environment.
It can help if you've got experience in the construction industry and knowledge of computer-aided design.
Professional and industry bodies
When you've completed an approved course you can apply for associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists. This allows you to complete the professional qualification stage of your training.