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:

57 Responses to “COA | PROCEDURE FOR REGISTRATION”

  1. rishi says:

    does name in which any architect firm is working can be used by other..if no then what is legal remedy available with us.
    Hi Rishi,
    It is not acceptable and you can complain with the COA.
    Admin

  2. rushda says:

    Hello,
    I graduated with a B.Arch. degree (5 year course) in 2005, but have not registered with the COA until now. I currently reside in the UK but wish to get my registration done with the COA.
    Will this be a problem ?
    Thank You,
    Rushda A.K.
    Hi Rushda,
    “A person shall be entitled to have his name entered in the register, only if he resides or carries on the profession of architect in India.” This is the condition required by the COA for registration. So I am afraid you are not eligible.
    Admin

  3. ASHOK KUMAR YADAV says:

    Sir,
    I have complete 3years diploma in architecture assistance ship from C.C.E.T. sector-26 chandigarh in 2012.Then i doing job under architect 2012 to 2015 can i eligible for applying license from COA.
    Hi Ashok Kumar,
    To be eligible to apply for registration, you must have done a 5-year diploma in architecture. Working under an architect does not count for registration purposes.
    Admin

  4. Shantanu sinha says:

    Hi, It took me six years to complete the course and get degree from my university. But when i went to get the registration no. from the council they demanded the separate mark sheets for each semester to check if i have cleared all the exams of my first three years within five years or not. And unfortunately neither I nor the collage or university have all the individual marksheets of each semester (i have already had a fight with my university and collage, as they had lost some of my marksheet which they cant provide it now). I have completed my graduation in 2010 but still trying to get the registration no. please advise if is there any way to get it done as i am seriously tired of running here and there?
    Many of my friends (who have passed Architecture in 6-7 years) have got the registration no. without asking for seperate marksheets.
    Thanks in advance.
    Hi Shantanu Sinha,
    I understand your frustration. But unfortunately the COA is very strict about clearing all the semesters. So, as a standard procedure, they need attested copies of all the marksheets or if your university provides it, a ‘consolidated marksheet’ of all the semesters. I am sure your university will be able to provide you one even though they lost the individual marksheets. But if that is not possible, you may have to get a letter from the university saying that they have lost your marksheets and probably the COA will accept that. Good luck!
    Admin

  5. Sang says:

    Hello,

    I am B.arch graduate, foreign student of year 2005 from very reputed institution. I am working as an Architect in India for last 9 years and got married in India 8 years back. I am still holding passport of mine native country though I am staying here. Since, I am planning to start mine own practice, I would like to register with COA.
    Please guide me if registering with COA will be any issue bacause of mine citizenship.
    Hi Sang,
    I am not sure if you can be registered with the COA, (though you have received a valid B.Arch degree form India) because you are not a citizen of India. I believe the condition for registration is that, one has to be a citizen of India. There could be some exceptions, so it is better to contact the COA directly.
    Admin

  6. Sang says:

    Hi,

    Just forgot to add that I have received mine B.arch degree from Indian Institution.

  7. Manya Manekar says:

    Hi, I am Bachelor of Architecture graduate, from 2005-2010 batch. I would like to apply for the registration. However, in the application form, the enrollment no column provides 6 boxes prefixed by COA, whereas our enrollment number format was different, seeking your advice on how to proceed.
    Hi Manya,
    The enrollment number to be filled in the form, is the one issued by the COA and communicated to the institutions w.e.f 2008. So it should be of 6 digits. Probably you are looking at an earlier number since you joined in 2005. Just check with your college and your classmates.
    Admin

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