As part of the Membership Grade Review and new membership structure, we are launching Fellow Membership on 22 March 2021.

Fellow Membership, FCIAT, complements the 'Chartered Architectural Technologist' professional qualification and is an acknowledgement of a Chartered Member's significant contribution to and/or excellence in Architectural Technology.

From 22 March everything you need will be available right here. In the meantime, we invite you to consider how you could potentially demonstrate your significant contribution and/or excellence in Architectural Technology.
 

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to assist you:
 

What is Fellow Membership?

Fellow Membership is an acknowledgement of a Chartered Member's significant contribution to and/or excellence in Architectural Technology which complements the Chartered Architectural Technologist qualification. It is an aspirational achievement for Chartered Members to further demonstrate their skills, roles and functions. Fellow Membership is not a higher level to that of Chartered Architectural Technologist.

I am a Chartered Architectural Technologist already, what is the difference?

You will always be a Chartered Architectural Technologist, therefore there is no difference in relation to your competence in the discipline of Architectural Technology. 

Chartered Architectural Technologist is the protected title and professional qualification achieved when Members demonstrate their underpinning knowledge, experience and professionalism attained through education and practical experience. It is a protected descriptor which can only be awarded by CIAT under its Royal Charter, regulated by the Privy Council. Only CIAT holds the register of Chartered Architectural Technologists.

Fellow Membership is an accolade which awards the FCIAT designation and is recognition that demonstrates your significant contribution to and/or excellence in Architectural Technology. It is not an additional demonstration of competence or an elevated level of qualification to your Chartered Architectural Technologist, MCIAT status.

Who can apply for Fellow Membership?

All Chartered Architectural Technologists are eligible to apply and can aspire to become a Fellow Member should they choose to do so.

Why should I apply for Fellow Membership? What are the benefits of being a Fellow Member?

  • The designation, FCIAT, which sits alongside the protected descriptor 'Chartered Architectural Technologist'.
  • It is an acknowledgement of your contribution to and/or excellence in Architectural Technology from your Institute and peers.
  • Distinction within Architectural Technology.
  • It gives additional external recognition and eminence from colleagues, peers, clients and employers.
  • It forms part of the continued profile-raising of Architectural Technology as a discipline and profession.
  • It offers the opportunity to be involved with, and represent the Institute within your area/s of excellence and/or significance.
  • It enables you to be part of the built environment community of Fellows.

What is the difference between FCIAT and MCIAT?

There is no difference in relation to your competence in the discipline of Architectural Technology.

Chartered Architectural Technologist is the protected title and professional qualification achieved when Members demonstrate their underpinning knowledge, experience and professionalism attained through education and practical experience. It is a protected descriptor which can only be awarded by CIAT under its Royal Charter, regulated by the Privy Council. Only CIAT holds the register of Chartered Architectural Technologists.

Fellow Membership is an accolade which awards the FCIAT designation and is recognition that demonstrates your significant contribution to and/or excellence in Architectural Technology. It is not an additional demonstration of competence or an elevated level of qualification to your Chartered Architectural Technologist, MCIAT status.

Is Fellow a recognised qualification?

It is Chartered Architectural Technologist which holds the recognition whether you are MCIAT or FCIAT.

Fellow Membership, FCIAT will demonstrate your eminence and distinction within Architectural Technology.

How should Fellow Members describe themselves?

Fellow Members should describe themselves as per the example below:

Lorraine McCall FCIAT
Chartered Architectural Technologist

(use of the protected descriptor Chartered Architectural Technologists, which is your qualification demonstrates your competence and recognition)

When will this be launched and how can I apply?

It is being launched on 22 March 2021 and applications can only be made via architecturaltechnology.com.

You must complete the online form, sign the declaration, refresh yourself on your ongoing obligations under the Code of Conduct and pay the £300 assessment fee.

What are the criteria to become a Fellow?

You must be a Chartered Architectural Technologist and complete the online application form and demonstrate your significant contribution to and/or excellence in Architectural Technology.

Your submission is limited to a maximum of 1650 words and must include:

  • Context: Information about you and a brief overview of your activity within Architectural Technology.
  • Significant Contribution and/or Excellence: Information on why you are applying for Fellow Membership. This should include: what you believe you have contributed to and/or how you have achieved excellence in Architectural Technology, when you achieved it, how it was achieved and in which sphere of Architectural Technology it was achieved. (For example: professional practice, policy, academia, research, specialist areas, government, industry, the Institute.)
  • Impact: Information on the change, effect or influence you believe your significant contribution and/or excellence has had, and the scope of this impact: local, national, international or global.
  • Value: Of Fellow Membership to you and how you would use it to contribute further to Architectural Technology.

 

Do I apply or do I need to be nominated?

If you are a Chartered Architectural Technologist you can apply to become a Fellow. It is not possible to achieve it through nomination.

Do I need to have been a Chartered Architectural Technologist for a specific amount of time?

No, it is open to any Chartered Architectural Technologist who can meet the criteria. There are no time-based restrictions.

Who will assess my application and how long will it take?

A Fellow Panel will review your application and make its decision, which will be confirmed in writing (via email) within 28 days of submission.

What decisions can the Fellow Panel make?

  1. Pass: You would be invited to be a Fellow Member upon paying the additional annual FCIAT subscription fee of £75. A certificate would be issued, and you use the designation FCIAT in tandem with Chartered Architectural Technologist.
  2. Defer: If you did not satisfy the criteria or provide sufficient information for the Panel to make an informed decision, your first submission would be deferred, but you would have the opportunity to make two further submissions at no additional charge.
  3. Refer: If your application did not satisfy the criteria following three submissions, guidance on remedial actions and a timeframe outlining eligibility to re-apply would be provided. All subsequent submissions would require a new application and £300 fee.

Can I appeal the Fellow Panel decision?

No. The decision is final with no right of appeal.

Is there an interview to become a Fellow Member?

No, it is a written application only.

Do I need to provide supporting evidence?

It is not a technical application against defined standards, and as such supporting documentation/evidence is not required in all cases. However, you may submit supporting documentation/evidence if you deem it necessary to your application, or if stipulated by the Fellow Panel after the assessment, should they require further information. The purpose and added value of supporting documentation should be carefully considered to ensure it is relevant to the application.

You are encouraged to include links to websites or make reference to other documents within the written statement. All additional documentation, references or links must be relevant, focused and succinct.

How much will it cost to become a Fellow Member?

The assessment fee is £300 (incl. VAT) and there will be an additional annual subscription fee of £75 for FCIAT on top of your Chartered Membership subscription in the year which you achieve Fellow member. In future years, the Fellow Membership subscription will be set and approved by the Finance Committee and Executive Board.

Will my annual Fellow Membership subscription also cover my Chartered Architectural Technologist status?

Yes. The standard Fellow Member subscription for 2021/22 will be £360 and will cover both Fellow and Chartered Membership. The subscription rate may differ if you are based internationally and/or are a CIOB dual member.