COA | PROCEDURE FOR REGISTRATION

COA | PROCEDURE FOR REGISTRATION

Any person desirous of practising as an ‘Architect’ in India is required to be registered in the Register, with the Council of Architecture (coa).

WHAT IS THE REGISTER OF ARCHITECTS?

The Central Government provides a Register of Architects in India. The Council of Architecture prepares and maintains the Register in accordance with the provisions of the Architect’s Act. The Register includes the following particulars:

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  1. The full name with the date of birth, nationality and residential address of the Architect.
  2. The Architect’s qualification for registration (B.Arch. or M.Arch etc) and the date on which he obtained that qualification and the authority which conferred it.
  3. The date of the Architect’s first admission to the Register.
  4. The Architect’s professional address.
  5. Further particulars prescribed by rules.


 

WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR GETTING REGISTERED WITH THE COUNCIL OF ARCHITECTURE?

An application for registration is addressed to the Registrar of the Council. The application along with the prescribed fee and the necessary documents should be submitted personally at the office of the Council or sent by post to “The  Registrar, Council of Architecture, India Habitat Centre, Core 6-AFirst floor, Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110 003.”   The documents to be submitted for Registration include:

  1. Application form in the prescribed format, duly filled in and signed by the applicant, along with two recent passport size photographs duly signed, with name mentioned at the back.
  2. A copy of the date of birth certificate attested by either a Gazetted Officer or Notary Public/Oath Commissioner.
  3. The recognised architectural qualification certificate on the basis of which registration is sought i.e. 5-year B.Arch. Degree or 5-year Diploma in Architecture or 5-year Government Diploma in Architecture or Membership of I.I.A. Certificate (as the case may be), in original, for verification and return by Registered Post, along with a copy of the same duly attested by either a Gazetted Officer or Notary Public/Oath Commissioner. The recognised architectural qualifications (Indian and Foreign) are listed in the COA SCHEDULE.
  4. The copies of marksheets for all the semesters/years of the recognised architectural qualification duly attested by a Gazetted Officer or Notary Public/Oath Commissioner.
  5. A copy of the Marriage Certificate duly attested by either a Gazetted Officer or Notary Public/Oath Commissioner towards change of name consequent upon marriage. However, in case of change of name due to reasons other than marriage, only a copy of the Gazette Notification, duly attested by either a Gazetted Officer or Notary Public/Oath Commissioner, will be accepted.
  6. A duly attested copy mark sheet of 10+2 or equivalent examination with 50% marks in aggregate.
  7. A demand draft for Rs 500/- (Non-refundable) drawn in favour of “Council of Architecture”, payable at Delhi/New Delhi towards registration fee. 
  8. The option of availing of One Time Payment at the time of applying for registration has been discontinued. The registration shall be granted initially for two calendars years. Only after that  you may  opt for One Time Payment  of Rs 5000/- as and when your renewal fee falls due. This is subject to submission of a duly attested copy of the final Degree/Diploma certificate received after convocation.
  9. A self-addressed envelope of size 14″ x 10″ for sending the certificate of registration by Registered Post.

If the Registrar is of the opinion that the applicant is entitled to be registered, then he shall enter  the name of the applicant in the Register and issue a Certificate of Registration.

Any person whose application for registration is rejected by the Registrar, can within three months of the date of rejection, appeal to the Council.

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CAN AN ARCHITECT HAVE AN ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION ENTERED IN THE REGISTER OF ARCHITECTS?

An Architect can have any additional recognized qualification, entered in the Register, on payment of additional qualification fee of Rs.100/- (per qualification) provided such a qualification is obtained subsequent to registration as an Architect. Only Architectural Qualifications included in the schedule of qualifications appended to the Architects Act, 1972, can be entered on the certificate of registration.

HOW AND WHEN IS THE REGISTRATION WITH THE COA RENEWED?

 A renewal fee of Rs 500/- for the Current year, should be paid annually to the Council before the first day of April, of the year to which it relates. An application for renewal along with the prescribed fee and the necessary documents should be submitted personally at the office of the Council or sent by post to “The  Registrar, Council of Architecture, India Habitat Centre, Core 6-AFirst floor, Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110 003.”The documents to be submitted for renewal of Registration include:

  1. A cash/demand draft in favour of the ‘Council of Architecture’ payable at New Delhi towards renewal. A one time payment of Rs 5000/- is also accepted which is subject to submission of the final Degree/Diploma, in original, for verification.
  2. The Certificate of registration in original.
  3. The recognised architectural qualification certificate in original, for verification and return by Registered Post, along with a copy of the same duly attested by either a Gazetted Officer or Notary Public/Oath Commissioner. The recognised architectural qualifications (Indian and Foreign) are listed in the COA SCHEDULE.
  4. Any additional recognized architectural qualification certificates in original, for verification and return by Registered Post, along with a copy of the same duly attested by either a Gazetted Officer or Notary Public/Oath Commissioner.
  5. The Certificate of registration in original.
  6. Any change in address should be notified to the council and the necessary attested copy of the proof of address.
  7. In case there is a change in the surname consequent to marriage, a copy of the Marriage Certificate duly attested by either a Gazetted Officer or Notary Public/Oath Commissioner. However, in case of change of name due to reasons other than marriage, only a copy of the Gazette Notification duly attested by either a Gazetted Officer or Notary Public/Oath Commissioner, will be accepted.
  8. A self-addressed envelope of size 14″ x 10″ for sending the certificate of registration by Registered Post.

On payment of the renewal fee, the Registrar shall, in such manner as may be prescribed by rules, endorse the certificate of registration accordingly and return it along with the original architectural qualification certificate.  In case the renewal fee is not paid before the due date, the Registrar removes the name of the defaulter from the Register.

WHY IS AN ARCHITECT’S NAME REMOVED FROM THE REGISTER OF THE COUNCIL OF ARCHITECTURE?

The Council can remove from the Register the name of any Architect, where it is satisfied, after giving him reasonable opportunity of being heard and after such further inquiry has been made, for the following reasons:

  1. If a request has been received to that effect.
  2. If the Architect has died since the last publication of the Register.
  3. If the Architect’s name had been entered by error or on account of misrepresentation or suppression of material fact.
  4. If the Architect has been convicted of any offence which involves moral turpitude.
  5. If the Architect is an undischarged solvent.
  6. If the Architect has been adjudged by a competent court to be of unsound mind.

A person whose name has been removed from the Register or where such person is dead, his legal representative should surrender his Certificate of Registration to the Registrar, and the name so removed will be published in the Official Gazette.

If any person whose name has been removed from the Register fails to surrender his Certificate of Registration, he shall be punishable with fine of one hundred rupees, and, in case of continued failure, with an additional fine of ten rupees for each day thereafter.

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HOW IS AN ARCHITECT’S NAME RESTORED TO THE REGISTER OF THE COA?

The Council may, for reasons appearing to it to be sufficient and subject to the approval of the Central Government, order that the name of the person removed from the Register can be restored upon payment of a prescribed fee. Restoration Fee of Rs.1000/- shall be payable w.e.f. 1st April of the year.

HOW CAN AN ARCHITECT GET A DUPLICATE CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION IN CASE THE ORIGINAL IS LOST OR DESTROYED?

If the Registrar is satisfied that a Certificate of Registration has been lost or destroyed, the Registrar will issue a duplicate Certificate of Registration, upon payment of a prescribed fee.

WHEN IS THE REGISTER PRINTED?

After the first day of April every year, the Registrar prints copies of the Register, which are then available to persons applying for a copy, on payment of the prescribed fee.

This post was about the procedure for Registration for an Architect in  India.  An Architect is required to maintain a high  professional standard  and conduct himself in a manner which is not derogatory to his profession. Otherwise, his  name is likely to be removed from the COA Register. To understand more about the professional conduct expected of Architects, go to:

For more information about the Council of Architecture (COA) guidelines, go to:

27 Responses to “COA | PROCEDURE FOR REGISTRATION”

  1. Nma says:

    Hi
    very useful information put in a good format….i would like to know if there is a new rule which requires a test to be written as part of registration?
    Hi Ms Nma,
    No test is needed for registration, but all the marks cards, degree certificate and other documents should be submitted in the original along with a DD for the registration amount. The originals will be returned after the council has perused them.
    Admin

  2. karunya says:

    HI… really dis blog is very helpful to all …..I would like to know that is there any new rule issued which requires written test for architects registration sry for asking again but i heard it from many people so plz can i know the correct information.
    HI Karunya,
    I have not heard of such a rule. If your qualification is recognised and you reside in India, you can apply for registration with the documents mentioned in this post. For more details read Chapter III (Registration of Architects) of the Architect’s Act.
    Admin

  3. Ravikumar babu.Challa says:

    Dear sir,

    after completion of my AMICE(I) ARCHITECTURE am i enroll my name with council of architecture?
    Hi Ravikumar babu Challa,
    You can check whether your qualification is recognised in the “Schedule” of the Architect’s Act.
    Admin

  4. p.mamu says:

    hi, i wanted to know that is diploma holder can get register from COA ?
    Hi P Mamu,
    Some diploma degrees as mentioned in the “Schedule” of the Architect’s Act are recognised by the COA for registration.
    Admin

  5. tushar patil says:

    i am already register with COA and my term is ending on 31st of march. I want to register for one time payment (Rs 5000/-).What documents should i sent? and which form should i attached.
    Dear Tushar,
    All the details are there in this post
    Admin

  6. Rishu says:

    Hi, I m already registered with COA.my registration ended on 31 of march . I m just wondering can I get renew now ??
    Hi Rishu,
    Since you have failed to pay the renewal fee by the last date, you will have to request the COA to restore your registration by sending a letter of request and paying restoration fees of Rs.1000/- in addition to the renewal fees (annual or one-time). The payments should be made separately by Demand Draft/M.O or Cash at the office of the Council.
    Admin

  7. Maria says:

    how long does it take for the registration?..if you submit it in person at Delhi can we get it done in a single day? can it be submitted by another person (say parent)? If its an emergency and we require the registration immediately is there a special fee for it!
    Hi Maria,
    I have no idea. Contact the office. Phone: 91-11-24654172, 91-11-24648415
    Admin

  8. Lakhbir Singh says:

    Hello sir, I have done diploma in civil draughtsman in 1986. Now I wants to register my self with Architect Council of India. I have 20 year Experince as a building designer Municpal Council, Fatehgarh chudian , Ajnala , Ramdas etc. Please tell can I be registered with COA?
    Hi Lakhbir Singh,
    I am not sure if you can be registered with the COA because it stipulates that the applicant must have successfully completed a 5-year B.Arch. Degree or 5-year Diploma in Architecture or 5-year Government Diploma in Architecture or Membership of I.I.A. Certificate for registering with it. But you can address your queries to COUNCIL OF ARCHITECTURE
    Admin

  9. paknoosh says:

    hi, im a foreign student ,i graduate from pune university(B.Arch) and dont live in India right now, i want to know if i can register with COA?
    Hi Paknoosh,
    To register with the COA, you must be residing in India and practising in India and have the recognised architectural qualification.So, you will not be able to register.
    Admin

  10. prashantini says:

    I hav renewed my certificate in 1999 with one time payment, but on certificate its wriiten valid only upto dec 2009. what I should do now?
    Hi Prashantini,
    In case of one-time payment of renewal fee, the Certificate of Registration is endorsed for ten calendar years at a time. Thereafter, endorsement for further years should be got done from the Registrar of the Council, without making any further payment. But you will have to send your original certificate of registration for endorsement with a self-addressed envelope.
    Admin

  11. Moumita Sengupta says:

    My registration is getting lapsed on 31st of December 2011,but I don’t think I will be able to renew it within that date.So what is the procedure if one fails to renew the registration within the stipulated time?Is an extra fee required for it?What documents are to be produced?Another question is that if my postal address is to be changed what is to be done??
    Moumita
    Hi Moumita,
    Since you have failed to pay the renewal fee by the last date, you will have to request the COA to restore your registration by sending a letter of request and paying restoration fees of Rs.1000/- in addition to the renewal fees (annual or one-time). The payments should be made separately by Demand Draft/M.O or Cash at the office of the Council. Any change in postal address must be intimated to the COA.
    Admin

  12. TUSHAR says:

    IN CASE, IF B.ARCH DEGREE IS NOT COMPLETE OR COMPLETED TILL 3RD YEAR OR 4TH YEAR AND HAVE MUCH EXPERIENCE IN ARCHITECTURE FIELD, WILL IT BE POSSIBLE TO ACHIEVE A COA CERTIFICATE ?
    Hi Tushar,
    As far as I know, it is a NO. But you can contact the Council of Architecture.
    Admin

  13. Ar. AbuTalha Momin says:

    hi,
    i am registered architect form council of architecture, i want to know the procedure for registration in municipal authority for taking building’s permission.
    or do i need to continue without registration in municipal department and can continue with my registered from council of architecture…
    if some one have any information regarding this topic please let me know as soon as possible.
    Hi Abu Talha Momin,
    Your registration with the COA should be up to date and then you must approach the municipal authority of your city with the documents required by them. Only after you are registered with the local building authority, can you sign on building sanction plans.
    Admin

  14. paresh says:

    if, i dont have a birth Certificate,then please let me know how
    can i regd me ,my Degree ??
    Hi Paresh,
    How did you manage through your college and degree without a birth certificate? You may have to contact the Council of Architecture
    Admin

  15. Deep says:

    is three year diploma in Architect Assistant ship for registration with COA is eligibility?
    Hi Deep,
    See the comment above
    Admin

  16. Priyanka Arya says:

    I am a diploma holder of Architecture Assisst Course for 3.5 yrs and also having 4 year experience under an Architectural firm.
    So, can i do the registration in COA.??
    Hi Priyanka Arya,
    I am not sure if you can be registered with the COA because it stipulates that the applicant must have successfully completed a 5-year B.Arch. Degree or 5-year Diploma in Architecture or 5-year Government Diploma in Architecture or Membership of I.I.A. Certificate for registering with it. But you can address your queries to COUNCIL OF ARCHITECTURE
    Admin

  17. Nitin Narhar Joshi says:

    hi,
    I have paid renewal fees(one time payment or Rs.5000/- on 09/01/2004.My license was renewed and valid till 31/12/2013.
    I’ve send you form with original documents for further endorsement by speed post on 24/12/2013.(EM334957479IN).Still I’ve not received the documents yet.pl.look into the matter.
    Thanks, Nitin Joshi.(Pune,Maharashtra)
    reg.no.CA/91/14187
    Hi Nitin Joshi,
    I think this message is meant for the Coucil of Architecture office.
    Admin

  18. sahil khemani says:

    my registration expired on 31 dec 2013
    i m sending my original certificate for renewal what is the amount of late fees that hase to be sent along with it
    Hi Sahil,
    Since you have failed to pay the renewal fee by the last date, you will have to request the COA to restore your registration by sending a letter of request and paying restoration fees of Rs.1000/- in addition to the renewal fees (annual or one-time). The payments should be made separately by Demand Draft/M.O or Cash at the office of the Council.
    Admin

  19. Uthra Vasudevan says:

    i am already register with COA and my term is ending on 31st of dec 2013. I want to register for one time payment (Rs 5000/-).What documents should i sent? and which form should i attached.m from chennai..is it possible to do it in chennai COA office ?
    Hi Uthra Vasudevan,
    The details for applying for renewal are there in my post above. All the documents must be sent to the Council of architecture, Delhi only.
    Admin

  20. J.s.cajee says:

    I want to know the list of foreign universities accredited by the council of architecture new delhi
    Hi J S Cajee,
    The list is in the ‘Schedule’ under the Architect’s Act, 1972.
    Admin

  21. D.EUGIN says:

    Dear madam/sir,
    I AM A STRUCTURAL ENGINEER (M.E STRUCTURAL) HAVING 14 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE,OUT OF WHICH 8 YEARS WORKING EXP IN LEADING ARCHITECT OFFICE,AND 5 YEARS AS INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT, CAN I BECAME A REGISTERED ARCHITECT,AND WHAT IS PROCEDURE FOR REGISTRATION, AS AN ARCHITECT FOR MY QUALIFICATION.SINCE I AM HAVE INTEREST ON DOING
    ARCHITECTURE WORK.
    REGARDS
    EUGIN
    Hi Eugin,
    As far as I know, the Council of Architecture does not accept any other degree other than 5-year B.Arch. Degree or 5-year Diploma in Architecture or 5-year Government Diploma in Architecture or Membership of I.I.A. Certificate for registering with it.
    Admin

  22. Yogita R.Salunke says:

    Resp sir,
    My registration has expired on 31/12/2009…Since i wish to apply for renewal of the same and i would also like to do a lifetime registration fee.Please convey me the total amount to b paid along with registration renewal form.

    Yogita Salunke.
    CA/98/22763
    Hi Yogita Salunke,
    You will have to pay Rs 5000 as lifetime renewal fees.
    Admin

  23. Prashant . S.Khirwadkar says:

    Sir,
    I had passed B.Arch from Maulana Azad College of Technology, ( now MANIT,Bhopal) in 1977. I was registered with council of architecture (COA) in 1978 with the registration no CA/78/4777. Subsequently I joined Government Service in 1979 with the Town and Country Planning Department Government of Madhya Pradesh. I did not perform as a practicing architect during my service. Now I have retired from Government service and would like to practice architecture. Could you kindly guide me for getting my registration restored. Thanking you
    yours
    Prashant .S. Khirwadkar
    Hi Prashant S Khirwadkar,
    I think you can apply for your registration to be restored with a payment of a prescribed fee (Rs1000). You will have to send all the relevant documents in original just as you will when registering for the first time along with your original registration certificate .
    Admin

  24. Momin Sajid says:

    Sir,
    I have passed my B.E.(Civil) in 2000 from Pune University. Since then I am doing architectural practice in an architect office. Now I wish to register with COA. Please guide me the procedure of registration for my Qualification as I am interested in the same.
    Regards
    Momin Sajid
    Hi Momin Sajid,
    As far as I know, the Council of Architecture does not accept any other degree other than 5-year B.Arch. Degree or 5-year Diploma in Architecture or 5-year Government Diploma in Architecture or Membership of I.I.A. Certificate for registering with it.
    Admin

  25. Supriya says:

    How much time is consumed by the whole registration process and to get the official licence? In case, that I submit my provisional degree for registration and at the same time I have to apply & take admission for masters, how does it work?
    Hi Supriya,
    In case Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) degree has not been awarded by a University, you can submit the provisional Certificate/Passing Certificate issued by the University only. The Council of Architecture will not accept provisional certificate from an institution. However, the provisional certificate will not be accepted if the final degree/diploma for the applicant’s batch has already been awarded.
    Admin

  26. khriela says:

    from where can i get registration form for COA.
    Hi Khriela,
    Click on the application form link in the post and take a print out. Read the instructions clearly and fill in correctly. Attach the relevant documents and photos.
    Admin

  27. Amit says:

    I have completed my professional architecture degree from University of Toronto;Canada.I am also registered as an architect in Canada(CCBA),I also have Indian nationality and want to practice as an architect in India now,can I apply for registration to coa.

    Hi Amit,
    The COA rules state that “a person shall be entitled on payment of fees to have his name entered in the register, if he resides or carries on the profession of architect in India and holds a recognised qualification”.
    Admin

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