Recognition for Architectural Technology apprenticeship programme

Date posted

15 May 2020


Edinburgh Napier is the first higher education institution to have its Architectural Technology apprenticeship programme accredited by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).

The University was the first educational establishment in the UK to offer an apprenticeship in Architectural Technology and we’ve now been awarded accredited status for its Construction & the Built Environment (Architectural Technology) Graduate Apprenticeship.

Model building, used for architectural purposes

A Graduate Apprenticeship (GA) is an alternative route to graduate-level education in Scotland, providing a 'workplace-learning' environment and the opportunity to work in partnership with the built environment industry. A GA aims to produce graduates with the skills, knowledge and behaviours to make a valuable contribution in the area of their chosen degree pathway.

The Construction & the Built Environment (Architectural Technology) GA is four years in length and Graduate Apprentices will spend approximately 80% of their time in paid, full-time employment. Graduates will be eligible for associate membership, ACIAT and will also be entitled to exemptions against educational standards of the MCIAT Professional Assessment when progressing to become a Chartered Architectural Technologist, MCIAT. 

Matthew Brooke-Peat, Vice-President, Education, at CIAT said, “I am pleased that the first educational establishment to offer an apprenticeship programme at degree level in Architectural Technology has also achieved CIAT Accreditation for their provision. This initiative further emphasises the value our profession adds to the industry, and that employers are committed to ensuring their staff have the necessary skills and knowledge.”

School of Computing, Engineering & the Built Environment

According to the Research Excellence Framework in 2021, we are the number one Scottish Modern University for research in Computer Science & Informatics, Engineering and for Architecture, Built Environment and Planning.