Architects body to introduce new method of accreditation, with tougher entry requirements and an undisclosed rise in fees.

The RIBA is set to scrap its current method of registering practices for a more expensive version with tougher entry requirements.

From 2007, architects wishing to be accredited by the RIBA will have to sign up to the new Chartered Practice scheme, which will cost an as yet undisclosed amount more.

If a firm does not want to sign up to the more expensive version, it will no longer be endorsed or promoted by the RIBA. The current registered practice scheme will stop at the end of 2006.

Mike Jones Pritchard runs a sole-practioner practice, 3 Design Partnership, in Cardiff. He said: “If the RIBA decide to put their fees up, unfortunately there’s nothing I can do about it because I need to be RIBA accredited. I guess I just have to deal with it and pay up.”

The stricter new requirements for chartered practice status include providing information on: quality management systems, health and safety policies and employment policies.

The RIBA promises increased promotion, marketing and business management benefits with the new Chartered Practice scheme.