CIAT’s Council approved the following descriptors to be used as guidance. Council appreciates that in some cases the job function will mean that the individual is expected to be described as something that does not fit within the generic profile of an Architectural Technician or Chartered Architectural Technologist or part-qualified or junior. Council is also aware that job titles will link closely to the profile of the company or practice.

Chartered Architectural Technologist — MCIAT

This is a protected title and its use is restricted to those individuals who have successfully completed the membership process of CIAT, the only body which can award this status. Whenever possible, reference to Chartered Architectural Technologist should be made to differentiate against those individuals who describe themselves as Architectural Technologists, but have not demonstrated their competence or are not members of a professional institute.

 

Architectural Technician — TCIAT

Reference to qualified Architectural Technician status should be reserved for professionally qualified Architectural Technicians, TCIAT.

Associate member — ACIAT

Associate membership should be regarded as recognition of academic achievement within Architectural Technology and a holding grade of membership as you progress to either Technician or Chartered membership. As a holder of a recognised academic qualification, you are part qualified as an Architectural Technology professional and should be using your workplace experience to collate appropriate evidence for your T/MCIAT Professional and Occupational Performance (POP) Records or MCIAT Professional Assessment (PA).

Recommended job titles:

  • Graduate Architectural Technologist (if graduated from an Architectural Technology degree programme)
  • Associate member of CIAT
  • Part-Qualified Architectural Technologist
  • Trainee Architectural Technologist
  • Junior Architectural Technologist
  • Part-Qualified Architectural Technician
  • Trainee Architectural Technician
  • Junior Architectural Technician

Student member — no designation

Student membership is a vital first step towards professional qualification as either a Chartered Architectural Technologist or professional Architectural Technician. You will be able to hold this class of membership whilst you complete the academic part of your training process.

Recommended job titles:

  • Trainee Architectural Technologist
  • Junior Architectural Technologist
  • Student Architectural Technologist
  • Trainee Architectural Technician
  • Junior Architectural Technician
  • Student Architectural Technician

profile candidate — no designation

CIAT prides itself on being an inclusive organisation with its Chartered Members demonstrating outstanding skills in the built environment. For this reason, the profile candidate route was introduced to enable those with the requisite professional experience, but not necessarily a recognised academic qualification, to progress and qualify as a Technician or Chartered Member. It is important to understand that profile candidate is a holding category and not permitted to use any designation.
 
Such applicants may advise their employers, clients or professional indemnity insurers that they are “working towards attaining Chartered Architectural Technologist, MCIAT or professionally qualified Architectural Technician, TCIAT status” only.