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Architects  Registration  Board  |  Guide to Becoming a Registered Architect in Barbados
Revised December 16th, 2011


To achieve a homogeneous environment for architectural professional practice in Barbados, a minimum standard for architects’ registration has been established.


The candidate shall complete a Professional Degree/Diploma in Architecture satisfactory to the A.R.B. Examples of professional degrees in Architecture are:

  • Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch)

  • Master of Architecture (M.Arch)

  • Diploma of Architecture (Dip. Arch) accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB), the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) or the equivalent.

  • Undergraduate Degrees/Diplomas such as Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech), or Higher


National Diploma (H.N.D.) in Architecture or related studies are not considered professional degrees/diplomas and do not satisfy the minimum educational requirement.


Following this formal education period, candidates shall complete an internship with an architect(s) who is registered to practice architecture in Barbados / in a jurisdiction approved by the A.R.B. During this time, it is expected that the candidate learns the practical side of the profession. 

Three years is the minimum internship period allotted for candidates to acquire the required experience.


This internship is only recognized:

  1. If it has been completed after completion of a professional degree/diploma approved by the A.R.B. Council/Architects Registration Board, or

  2. If up to one year (12 months) has been completed after an approved undergraduate degree/diploma and a minimum of two years have been completed after completion of a professional degree/diploma

  3. Interns must work for at least 20 hours per week for periods of six consecutive months.

  4. Each period of Internship must be attained under the direct supervision of an Architect, who is registered in the jurisdiction that the training took place and whose practice encompasses the comprehensive practice of Architecture, including each of the training areas outline in the BIA Practical Training Log Book. 

Log in to the members lounge to gain full access to the BIA Practical Training Log Book. This is to ensure that the candidate is armed with a basic knowledge of architecture, before exposure to a meaningful internship. This also avoids premature internships, which can prove to be futile for both candidate and supervising architect(s).



Once a candidate has fulfilled the required education and internship requirements, candidates need to apply to take the Barbados Architects Registration Examination (B.A.R.E.). The examination is scheduled for March and September of each year. Refer to the A.R.B Guide to Becoming An Architect and/or visit 'The B.A.R.E', to learn more about the A.R.B exams, Part 1, 2 and 3, and the supporting documents required to accompany these applications. Entry to the examinations is open only to those candidates who have previously obtained the Architects Registration Board (A.R.B.) letter of approval to take the part of the B.A.R.E that they are applying for. The A.R.B. letter of approval expires twelve (12) months after the date of approval. Candidates are required to write to the A.R.B. for renewal/deferment letters after this time.

It is important to note that the completion of three years approved internship does not allow a candidate automatic qualification to take the B.A.R.E. 


Fees for the B.A.R.E are subject to periodic review and adjustment. The current fee will be indicated by the Secretary of the Board at anytime. 

Completed Application Forms together with the appropriate fee and supporting documents must be received by the secretary of the Board four (4) weeks prior to the scheduled examination.



Each Applicant that is approved by the Board for architectural registration is issued a certificate of approval (license). This license entitles the bearer to obtain a certificate of registration from the Registrar of the Supreme Court.

After approval by the A.R.B., the candidate is responsible for paying the Architects registration fee of one thousand two hundred and fifty dollars ($1,250.00) to the Registrar of the Supreme Court, annually, in order to attain and to maintain registration as an Architect in Barbados. A certificate of registration is issued annually upon payment of these fees. This is the sole responsibility of candidates approved by the A.R.B. It is important to note that it is acquisition of the certificate of registration issued by the Registrar that is the final step in the registration process. This is not to be confused with the certificate of approval (license) issued by the A.R.B.




An individual must:

  • Have received an education that includes a Professional Degree/Diploma in Architecture satisfactory to the A.R.B. 

  • Complete the internship requirements & BIA Practical Training Log Book: 3 Years work experience (Minimum) 

  • Show proof of the applicant’s qualifications and experience

  • Receive letter of approval from the A.R.B to sit the B.A.R.E

  • File the  A.R.B application for sitting Part I, along with A.R.B letter of approval to sit the B.A.R.E

  • Pass all THREE PARTS of the B.A.R.E

  • Be a Barbadian citizen, a legal resident of Barbados or holder of a work permit granted under section 17 of the Immigration Act of Barbados

  • Be of good moral character as verified by employers via letters of reference submitted to the A.R.B. for determination

  • File application (Form A) for registration to the Secretary of the Architect Registration Board

Log in to the members lounge to gain full access to the BIA Practical Training Log Book, Application Form A and the A.R.B application form for sitting Part I.The A.R.B. might require additional information that they deem as necessary for verification of documents submitted.

By starting the record compilation process now, you can document your experience as you earn it. 

Architects Registration Board

Ms. Deborah Richards

Secretary (Ag.) for Chairman

C/O Ministry of Transport, Work & Water Resources

Pine East - West Boulevard

The Pine, St. Michael

Tel: (246) 536-0101


Mr. Robert O'Neal

Chairman of the Architects Registration Board

B.Sc. (Hons) Dip, Arch. RA

Design Collaborative

Mr. Frederick Johnson

Dipl.Arch' (Ox) RIBA BIA

Frederick Johnson Architects Ltd.

Mr. Kurt R. G. Bourne

B.A. (Hons), M.Arch., MBA, RA, BIA

LEED Green Associate

ADCM Consultancy Inc.

Mr. Pierre Tatem

Dip. Arch, B.Arch, M.Arch

Tatem Architects Inc.

Martin Sobers 

B.Sc. (Hons) Dip, Arch. R.I.B.A.

Design Collaborative

Chief Technical Officer, Ex Officio,

Ministry of Transport and Works

The Architects Registration Act provides for the constitution and procedures of the Architects Registration Board. The board consists of the Chief Technical Officer, Ministry of  Transport, Works & Water Resources, ex-officio or nominee; one person appointed by the Minister; and four registered architects appointed by the Minister on the nomination of the Barbados Institute of Architects. All members of the Board, other than the ex-officio member, shall hold office for a term of 3 years, but are eligible for re-appointment for a maximum of two consecutive terms. All such members are eligible for re-appointment after the expiration of one year thereafter.

Following the amendment of the Act The Board established a mandate based upon the board’s interpretation of the Architects Registration Act, 2003-5 regulations, section 19(1) (dated 21st April, 2003), and the Architects Registration (Amendment) Act, 2005-28 (dated 8th December, 2005). Click below to learn more. 

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