CIAT Register for Building Regulations Principal Designers

The CIAT Register for Building Regulations Principal Designers is to serve the needs of Chartered Architectural Technologists by certifying their competence to undertake this newly regulated role as it relates to their sphere of practice.

Being launched in the spring, the purpose of the CIAT Register for Building Regulations Principal Designers is to serve the needs of Chartered Architectural Technologists by certifying their competence to undertake this newly regulated role as it relates to their sphere of practice.

This practice-based approach will allow Members to demonstrate and evidence their competence against CIAT’s Principal Designer Competency Framework. The Framework will be based upon outcome-based performance criteria and will focus on Members’ competence to plan, manage and monitor with outcomes demonstrating design compliance and “as built” performance to comply with legislative requirements.

This approach is a fundamental principle of CIAT’s Framework; Chartered Architectural Technologists’ competency will be based upon experiential practice and project-based evidence to satisfy the performance criteria; proportionate to the work they are undertaking.

This will enable Members to evidence their competence as Principal Designers externally, individually or organisationally to regulators, regulating authorities and clients, and will cover all building types that fall within the defined categories that are classed as either Higher Risk Buildings or Non-Higher Risk Buildings.

The CIAT Framework will satisfy the Building Regulations etc. (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2023, comply with the performance-based competency criteria set out in British Standards Institute PAS 8670 and embed the specific performance criteria in PAS 8671 which sets out the Principal Designer role and which provides a robust and verifiable standard.

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