How to become an architectural technologist
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You can qualify as an architectural technologist by taking a degree approved by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.
Courses may include a 12-month industry placement. This is a good way to get practical experience and make contacts, which may help when looking for work.
It's possible to qualify as a chartered architectural technologist by studying courses that are lower than degree level, like foundation degrees or higher national diplomas in related subjects.
You'll usually need:
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You may be able to start an architectural assistant degree apprenticeship with a company.
This will usually take 4 years to complete. You'll do on-the-job training and spend time studying at a university.
You could also do a design and construction management degree apprenticeship.
You'll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a 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. Level 3 courses in 3D design could also be useful.
Any experience you have using computer-aided design or working in the construction industry can help you get into this career.
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.
You'll find more details about becoming an architectural technologist through the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.