CoA | Procedure For Registration

The Council of Architecture (CoA) states that, “Any person desirous of practising as an ‘Architect’ in India is required to be registered in the Register, with the Council of Architecture (CoA). He shall be entitled on payment of the prescribed 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 (Indian and Foreign) listed in the CoA  Schedule, or does not hold such a qualification but, being a citizen of India, has been engaged in practice as an architect for a period of not less than five years prior to 27.04.1974 or possesses such other qualifications as may be prescribed by rules .”

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CAN A PERSON WITH AN ARCHITECTURAL QUALIFICATION NOT INCLUDED IN THE SCHEDULE, BE REGISTERED WITH THE CoA?

“Any authority in India which grants an architectural qualification not included in the schedule may apply to the central Government to have such qualification recognised, and the Central Government, after consultation with the Council, may, by notification in the Official Gazette, amend the schedule so as to include such qualification therein, and any such notification may also direct that an entry shall be made in the schedule against such architectural qualification declaring that it shall be a recognised qualification only when granted after a specified date.”

CAN A PERSON, WHO IS NOT A CITIZEN OF INDIA BE REGISTERED WITH THE CoA?

No person other than a citizen of India shall be entitled to registration with the Council of Architecture, India.

CAN AN INDIAN CITIZEN RESIDING IN ANOTHER COUNTRY BE REGISTERED WITH THE CoA?

If a citizen of India residing in another country, holding an architectural qualification registrable in that country is permitted to enter and practise the profession of architect in such a country, the Central Government of India in pursuance of a scheme of reciprocity or otherwise, may after consultation with the Council, direct, by notification in the Official Gazette, that such architectural qualification as the Council has decided should be recognised, shall be deemed to be a recognised qualification.

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:

  • The full name with the date of birth, nationality and residential address of the Architect.
  • 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.
  • The date of the Architect’s first admission to the Register.
  • The Architect’s professional address.
  • Further particulars prescribed by rules.



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

Earlier a person applying for registration was required to download the registration form and send a duly filled form to the Council of Architecture office. But w.e.f. 01.04.2016 onward, only online filled up applications shall be accepted. The instructions for filling and submission of online application form are described here:

1) REGISTER AS AN APPLICANT: The first step is to sign-up/register yourself as an applicant for registration. For that, you have to go to the CoA site and click on online services. Fill in all the details required of you, such as email id (which will be your login ID), year of admission, date of birth, mobile number, enrollment number and OTP which will be sent to your email account. Subsequently a password will be generated by the system and sent to you by email. This will be your login password. With the login ID and password, you can login the Council’s website anytime.

2) FILL UP THE APPLICATION FORM: Fill-up the application form in proper case and completely. Remember an incomplete application shall not be processed further and no intimation shall be sent in this regard. Please fill up your name in the form as per the recognised architectural qualification certificate on the basis of which registration is sought. Also ensure that the spelling of your name is correctly mentioned on the recognised architectural qualification certificate and marksheets being submitted by you. In case, your name is mentioned incorrectly, you must get the same corrected from the competent authority of the University/institution. 

3) ENROLLMENT NUMBER: Enrollment number i.e., (CoA-Six digit Number) is mandatory / as applicable (for admissions from the Academic Year 2008-09 onwards). Make sure that the enrollment number entered is strictly in format as given in the enrollment number list as available on the website of the Council www.coa.gov.in/enrollment. Enrollment numbers of the students are also available with the respective Institutions.

4) TAKE A PRINTOUT OF FILLED FORM: After filling up the application completely, take a printout of the duly filled form on good quality bond A4 size paper (preferably a coloured one). Paste a photo of 3.5cm x 3.5cm on the form.

5) CORRECTIONS: Correction(s), if any, can be made by the applicant in the hard copy of the generated/printed application form by countersigning at the place of correction before sending to the Council. Note that the CoA is strict about completing the application format. 

6) SEND THE FILLED FORM TO THE CoA OFFICE: The duly filled and signed application form should be properly stapled with the requisite documents in the same order as provided in the checklist mentioned below and may be handed personally either by you or by a person authorized by you, at the office of the “Council of Architecture” (Payment Timings :10.00 am to 01.00 p.m. & 01.30p.m. to 03.30 p.m. on all working days Monday to Friday) or be sent to the Council’s office by registered post addressed to the “Registrar, Council of Architecture, India Habitat Centre, Core 6-AFirst floor, Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110 003”. Each application shall be accompanied by Registration Fee (Non-refundable) of Rs.600/- by way of cash at the counter or by demand draft drawn in favor of “Council of Architecture”, payable at New Delhi or alternately the payment can also be made online through login id details.

7) ONLINE PAYMENT: Alternately the payment can also be made online through login id details.Go to the Submit your bank account details page in the CoA site.

8) SUBMIT TO CoA:  Do remember to press ‘Submit to CoA’ button after making the payment online. It ensures that the application form is in order otherwise your application shall not be available for further processing.

WHAT ARE THE DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED ALONG WITH THE APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION?

The documents to be submitted along with the application for Registration include the following. Documents must be duly attested by a Gazetted Officer or Notary Public / Oath Commissioner and must be self attested. Documents should be properly stapled with the application form in the same order as provided in the checklist:

1) FILLED-UP APPLICATION FORM:  Application form color printout in the prescribed format, duly filled in and signed by you with a recent color passport of size 3.5 x 3.5 cm.  Please ensure that the spelling of your name is strictly as per the recognised university architectural qualification certificate and mark sheets submitted by you.

2) BIRTH CERTIFICATE: A copy of the date of birth certificate attested by either a Gazetted Officer or Notary Public/Oath Commissioner. In case you do not have a birth certificate, you may submit a self-attested copy of Matriculation / Secondary Examination having a record of your date of birth.

3) 10 + 2 MARK SHEET:  A  self-attested copy of mark sheet of 10+2 or equivalent examination showing at least 50% marks in aggregate with Mathematics as a subject at 10+2 level. In case of 10+3 diploma, enclose all semester’s mark-sheets and diploma certificate.

4) ARCHITECTURAL QUALIFICATION CERTIFICATE: The self-attested copy of the final recognised architectural qualification degree 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).  The recognised architectural qualifications (Indian and Foreign) are listed in the CoA  Schedule. In case the final degree/diploma has not been awarded/ issued by the University, you may submit a self-attested copy of the provisional certificate/passing certificate issued by the competent authority of the University i.e. Asst. Registrar/Dy. Registrar/Registrar or any other competent authority authorised. 

NOTE: The Council of architecture will only accept the Provisional Certificate/Passing Certificate issued by the University and will not accept a provisional certificate issued by an institution. Also, the provisional certificate will not be accepted if the final degree/diploma for the applicant’s batch has already been awarded.

5) COPIES OF MARKSHEETS FOR ALL SEMESTERS/YEARS: The self-attested copies of marksheets (including Practical Training certificate, if any) for all the semesters/years of the recognised qualification(including Fail/ATKT/Supplementary etc.). Alternatively, you may also submit an attested copy of your consolidated mark sheet for all semesters/years. No original mark sheet(s) should be submitted with the application.

6) CASTE/ CATEGORY CERTIFICATE: If any applicable.

7) DEMAND DRAFT: A demand draft for Rs.600/- (non-refundable) drawn in favour of “Council of Architecture”, payable at Delhi/New Delhi towards registration fee. It must be mentioned that 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 and after that period, you can opt for one time payment. 

8)  SELF-ADDRESSED ENVELOPE: A self-addressed envelope of size 12”x ́10″ for sending the certificate of registration by Registered Post back to the candidate.

9) REGISTERED POST: A self-attested copy of the final recognised architectural qualification certificate on the basis of which registration is sought  should preferably be sent by Registered Post to avoid any loss in transit along with a self-addressed envelope large enough to contain it.

NOTE:
Please make sure that all documents as required by the Council are submitted along with your application for registration. If any application is incomplete in any respect, it would not be processed further for registration.

Since I get many queries and doubts regarding registration with the Council of Architecture, I have addressed them here.
CAN YOU APPLY FOR REGISTRATION IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED YOUR ARCHITECTURAL CERTIFICATE?

In case, you have not received the architectural certificate pending the award of the same by the University, you may for the time being submit a self-attested copy of the provisional certificate/passing certificate issued by the competent authority of the University i.e. Asst. Registrar/Dy. Registrar/Registrar or any other competent authorised authority. As soon as you receive the original architectural certificate, you must send a self-attested copy of the same to the registrar of the Council of Architecture.

NOTE: If the degree/diploma for a particular batch has been awarded by the University/institution, then the applicant belonging to that batch is required to submit his final degree/diploma, in original, to Council when applying for registration. The Council of architecture will only accept the Provisional Certificate/Passing Certificate issued by the University and will not accept a provisional certificate issued by an institution. Also, the provisional certificate will not be accepted if the final degree/diploma for the applicant’s batch has already been awarded.

WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE IF A MARK SHEET IS MISSING?
In case a mark sheet(s) for any particular semester/year is/are missing or untraceable, you must apply for the duplicate mark sheets to the concerned institution/university and submit duly attested copies of the same. Before submitting the form, ensure that details such as name, course name etc. are correctly mentioned on the mark sheets.
HOW DOES ONE  APPLY FOR CHANGE OF NAME AFTER MARRIAGE?

In case of change of surname consequent upon marriage, you should fill up the  application for registration online with the changed name along with supporting documents such as,  application form for change of name and copy of the Marriage Certificate (i.e. Memorandum of Marriage) or a copy of the Gazette Notification from the respective State/Central Government duly attested by either a Gazetted Officer or Notary Public/Oath Commissioner, OR alternatively, an attested copy of a joint affidavit submitted along with husband executed on a non-Judicial Stamp paper of Rs.10/- towards change of name consequent upon marriage.

WHAT SHOULD BE DONE TO APPLY FOR CHANGE OF NAME?

In case where name is changed due to reasons other than marriage, you should fill up the application for registration online with the changed name along with supporting documents such as, application form for change of name and a copy of the Gazette Notification from the  respective State/Central Government, duly attested by either a Gazetted Officer or Notary Public/Oath Commissioner.

NOTE: In case of change of name, only the new name must be entered under the column provided for. However, if there is any correction in the details of the name i.e., name order (First name, Middle name and/or Surname or any correction, the same can be done by cutting and correcting the same on the hard copy, at the place but it has to be countersigned by the applicant.

WHAT SHOULD BE DONE IF THE NAME ON THE ARCHITECTURAL CERTIFICATE DOES NOT MATCH WITH THE NAME ON THE BASIS OF WHICH REGISTRATION IS SOUGHT?

In case, your name or the nomenclature of the qualification pursued by you is mentioned incorrectly in your architectural certificate, or the mark sheets that you are submitting,  you must get the same corrected from the competent authority of the University/institution before you submit it for registration.

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

An architect is entitled to have any additional architectural qualification(s), entered in the Certificate of Registration as an additional qualification on payment of additional qualification fee of Rs.200/- (per qualification).  But only recognized architectural qualification(s)  included in the schedule of qualifications appended to the Architects Act, 1972, can be entered on the Certificate of Registration.

The 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 must be enclosed along with the application for registration.

NOTE: Please ensure that the nomenclature of the qualification pursued by you is correctly mentioned on the recognised architectural qualification certificate and marksheets being submitted. In case, the nomenclature of the qualification is not mentioned correctly, you must get the same corrected from the competent authority of the University,before submitting to the Council.

IS THE ONE TIME PAYMENT OPTION AVAILABLE WHILE REGISTERING WITH THE COA?

Note that 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. But at the time of renewal after the initial two years, you may make payment of the prescribed renewal fee annually or opt for One Time Payment as and when your renewal fee falls due. One Time Payment can be opted at the time of renewal, subject to submission of a duly attested copy of the final Degree/Diploma certificate received after convocation, if not submitted earlier.

WHEN IS THE CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION ISSUED?

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.

WHEN IS THE REGISTER PRINTED?

After the first day of April every year, the Registrar prints copies of the up-to-date Register, which are then available to persons applying for a copy, on payment of the prescribed fee and shall be evidence that on the said date, the persons whose names are entered therein were architects.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE CoA REJECTS YOUR APPLICATION FOR 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.

DOES THE REGISTRATION WITH THE CoA HAVE TO BE RENEWED?

The registration shall be granted initially for two calendars years. In order to renew your registration after its expiry, you may make payment of the prescribed renewal fee annually or opt for one time payment as and when your renewal fee falls due. One Time Payment can be opted at the time of renewal, subject to submission of a duly attested copy of the final Degree/Diploma certificate received after convocation, if not submitted earlier. 

NOTE: Even though you pay a one time payment, the registration is given for a period of 10 years at a time and the certificate of registration must be sent IN ORIGINAL for further endorsement before the 10 year period ends along with the form for further endorsement.

For details regarding renewal of registration go to my next post:

The Council Of Architecture (CoA) in India has stipulated guidelines and regulations regarding an Architect’s profession and education. To know more, go to:

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284 thoughts on “CoA | Procedure For Registration

  • January 3, 2015 at 10:46 am
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    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

  • January 3, 2015 at 11:24 am
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    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

  • January 19, 2015 at 5:39 pm
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    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

  • January 20, 2015 at 4:41 am
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    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

  • January 20, 2015 at 9:29 pm
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    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

  • January 20, 2015 at 9:31 pm
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    Hi,

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

  • January 26, 2015 at 9:32 pm
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    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

  • January 29, 2015 at 3:21 am
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    Hi, I had finish my 3 yrs diploma in architecture.now i m looking for degree from IIA. So i wanted to know that can a get a COA no after completing b-arch from IIA.
    Hi Mohammad,
    “The Indian Institute of Architects has started the enrollment to their scheme of Examinations 2014, from academic session 2014-2015 for eligible candidates to qualify for AIIA. AIIA (By Examination) has been notified by the Central Govt. at par with the Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture of the recognised Indian University for the purpose of employment to posts and services under the Central Government in the appropriate field and eligible for registration with the Council of Architecture(COA).”
    All the details that you are looking for are available at http://iia-india.org/uploads/editor/20141125020854_ENROLMENT_OF_IIA_SCHEME_2014-2015.docx
    Admin

  • February 1, 2015 at 9:59 am
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    If I am doing 1 year diploma …when I’ll be eligible to obtain license also I want to know whether I can practice it professionally meanwhile… Please reply
    Hi Asif Khan,
    You have to do a 5 year diploma course, to be eligible to be registered with the COA.
    Admin

  • February 5, 2015 at 10:28 pm
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    Hi, I have done my diploma in architecture for 3 years (2005-2008) and B.arch of 5 years(2009-2014) i wanted to register in coa, in the application they have asked for 10+ 2 marksheet, i have done diploma after my 10th class, can i send the attested copy of my diploma marksheet? is it mandatory to send original certificates or can we send attested documents.
    Hi Vanishree,
    Since you have done diploma after the 10th, you can submit the diploma marks cards. This has been quoted in the COA guidelines as “10+3 Diploma (any stream) recognised by Central/ State Governments with 50% aggregate marks” is acceptable instead of 10 + 2. Except for the original degree certificate, you can submit the attested copies of the other documents. But the original degree certificate will be returned to you by the self addressed envelope that you send along with your application.
    Admin

  • February 11, 2015 at 10:39 pm
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    i have done 12th then ITI Architectural Draughtsman then 3 years diploma in Architecture Assistantship 5 years back. But i don,t do any practise. Now i want registration with COA can i eligible for license? pls help me…
    Hi Vikram
    Please refer to my post on procedure of registration.
    Admin

  • February 27, 2015 at 9:12 pm
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    I got my registration no. in 2013 but due to some problems I was not able to renew it and now the registration no is lost. How to renew my registration no. when I don’t remember it.
    Hi Pritha,
    The best thing you can do is to contact the COUNCIL OF ARCHITECTURE
    Admin

  • March 1, 2015 at 8:09 am
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    Hello,
    I finished my B.Arch (from an university in Tamil Nadu, India) in the month of May in 2014 i.e. last year. I have not yet registered in COA but will be doing it soon. I recently heard that if one registers in COA after one or more years of completion of the degree (B.Arch), he/she is supposed to write an exam to get themselves registered and nothing of that sort is required if one registers within one year of completion of the course. I am not sure of the authenticity of this information. So, I would like to know if this is the case as in a couple of months, it would be one year since I completed the course.
    Thank you in advance.
    Hi Krithika,
    I have not heard of any such thing. It is not there on the COA website either. So I don’t think you should be concerned. Go ahead and send the application for registration as explained in my post.
    Admin

  • March 2, 2015 at 6:27 am
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    Hi admin,
    Please will u provide me information regarding the documents which i need to submit for the renewal of registration of license.
    Also,please update the information regarding fees tone paid for registration and renewal. It has been changed by council.check on their website.
    HI Pradnya,
    Thank you for pointing out the changes made by the COA. Accordingly, i have updated my post. All the information regarding the procedure for renewal has been explained in my post. But for your benefit, i will describe it here:
    A renewal fee of Rs 600/- 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 6000/- is also accepted provided you have been registered with the COA, already for a minimum period of 2 years.
    2. The Certificate of registration in original. No provisional certificate will be accepted for the one time option.
    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. Any change in address should be notified to the council and the necessary attested copy of the proof of address.
    6.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.
    7. A self-addressed envelope of size 14″ x 10″ for sending the certificate of registration by Registered post.
    Admin

  • March 3, 2015 at 9:18 am
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    Hello,
    I came across your website recently. I would like to know if you have any vacancies for architects at your firm, presently.
    Regards, SJP
    Hi SJP,
    Thank you for the interest shown in our firm. But right now, we have no vacancies.
    Admin

  • March 28, 2015 at 11:56 am
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    Hi
    I am an architecture student for year 2010-2015. I am graduating this year. my college is registered with COA as the intake is mentioned in COA institute list. But I am not having my enrollment and i talked about this to our college and they said they are not having any information regarding this.
    Hi Anshumala,
    I am not sure how I can help. You have to contact your college.
    Admin

  • April 9, 2015 at 6:06 am
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    Hello Sir/Mam ,
    I have came across your website recently and find it very use full
    and to the point. I had enrolled into architecture in 2006 but due to some conditions i wasn’t able to complete the degree and had to drop out after 2nd year. I have been working with an architect for past 3yrs. I would like to know if there is any way or chance of getting my architectural degree by joining back the college now and completing the remaining years, since as per the rules i know the first 3 years must be completed in 5 years duration.
    I would also appreciate if you could let me know about any other alternative way to get my degree done by any equivalent short term diploma/degree course from any Indian or foreign university that you have knowledge off. I have heard of some examination/course after 5 years of professional practice under the licensed architect that provides you with architectural degree from C.O.A, i am not sure of its authenticity, i would be very thankful to you if you could help me in knowing if their is any such system available to get an architectural degree.
    Well maybe i have asked too much, But i hope you understand my concern, and thanks again since the work done by your articles have already been very much useful. Best of luck for your work ahead.
    Hi Rahil,
    Thank you for your appreciation. I wish I could help you with your doubts. But yours is a unique case and I am not sure if you can complete the remaining three years of your degree.
    But recently the “Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) has started the enrollment to their scheme of Examinations 2014, from academic session 2014-2015 for eligible candidates to qualify for AIIA. AIIA (By Examination) has been notified by the Central Govt. at par with the Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture of the recognised Indian University for the purpose of employment to posts and services under the Central Government in the appropriate field and eligible for registration with the Council of Architecture(COA).”
    Admin

    All the details that you are looking for are available at http://iia-india.org/uploads/editor/20141125020854_ENROLMENT_OF_IIA_SCHEME_2014-2015.docx

  • June 13, 2015 at 7:48 pm
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    hi sir i have done 3 year diploma in architecture assistant.now trying to take membership in IIA this year2015.i heared that someone have done case on IIA this is not genuein is it true ????? i belong to delhi
    Hi Jyothi,
    I am unaware of this “case”.
    Admin

  • July 14, 2015 at 5:28 am
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    Hello Sir,
    I got my admission in the year 2007 and I don’t have CoA enrollment number, I enquired in my college office they said to leave the blocks empty as the enrollment numbers were issued for admissions in 2008 batch, so should I apply with the blank number column?
    Hi Neelkanth,
    Do as instructed by your college office. But mention this fact in the covering letter that you will be sending with the application form to the CoA.
    Admin

  • August 6, 2015 at 10:50 am
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    Hello Sir/Ma’am,
    I completed my B. arch in 6 years and cleared my 4th sem (2nd year) backlogs in 6th year. Am I eligible for the registration of COA and if not how should i proceed? Please help!!
    Hi Mohit,
    If you have completed your B.Arch and cleared all the back logs and have marksheets of all the semesters and the degree certificate, then you can apply for registration with the CoA. You can refer to my post on CoA: Procedure for Registration.
    Admin

  • August 10, 2015 at 4:11 am
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    Hi sir, i had sent the required documents for registration.I recently got a call from the COA asking me to resend my mark lists as they were not clear. They gave me my application number… where should I mention this for their identification? Are there any procedures for resending marklists?
    Hi Sukanya,
    Mention it in the covering letter. there are no procedures for resending marks cards.
    Admin

  • September 6, 2015 at 9:23 pm
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    Hello
    I found this website very useful and also to the point.
    I hav completed my graduation but it took me 6yrs.it took me more than 5yrs to complete my 3rd yr and as per coa rules i cannot get registration. Is there any other way so that i can get registration.?
    HI Abha,
    If you cleared all the year exams and have legitimate marks cards for the same, then you can send attested xerox copies of them to the CoA along with the degree certificate (if you have been awarded one) and an application for registration and see what they say.
    Admin

  • October 1, 2015 at 7:30 am
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    hi… my brother who is currently out of India, has already received his license a few yrs ago and it got expired…so can i renew his license now in his absence ??
    Hi Divya,
    Your brother can re-apply after paying up the restoration fees along with an application form for the same. But he needs to sign all the relevant documents and you cannot do it on his behalf.
    Admin

  • October 8, 2015 at 11:04 pm
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    Hello Sir..
    I would like to know how to check one’s coa. registration number if given is correct or not. Iam a registered architect, I have heard there is some option to check that. Can you please tell me how it is !! Whether its like we have to call Coa and ask ??
    Hi Amrita,
    I have not heard about such an option. But you could communicate with CoA either by mail or call them to verify your number.
    Admin

  • November 19, 2015 at 7:33 am
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    Hi admin, i read the comment of pradnya of march 2 – 2015 asking for renewal procedure and your reply to it. however you have replied with fresh registration procedure and annual fee information. kindly let me know, if i have paid a one time fee 10 years back in 2005, what documents need to send again for renewal/further 10 years endorsement on the certificate and how soon should i send if my registration ends this december?
    Hi Yash
    The rules have changed now. You need to fill up the renewal form and send it along with an attested copy of the Final B.Arch.Degree / G.D. Arch. Certificate. You do not have to send any more fees since you have already made a one-time payment. It is always better to apply at least 2 months before december of the year that your registration lapses.
    Admin

  • November 19, 2015 at 8:56 pm
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    hi sir,
    I completed my B.arch 5 months ago,on 05.11.15 COA published the enrollment number in their official page. In that my +2 marks are mentioned wrongly.
    I’m planning to register in Coa ,for that i need to send my +2 certificate and if i send so…the certificate which will send by me will have marks differ from the one they mentioned in the enrollment page.
    ie, in page they displayed as 783 but my mark is 1103 in my certificate.
    wt shld i do now..?
    vl it be a prob if i send my application with my +2 certificate?
    Hi Shiva,
    Submit all the necessary documents including an attested copy of the +2 marks card. Explain to them the confusion and hopefully it should be sorted out.
    Admin

  • November 21, 2015 at 10:12 am
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    Hi… I have done 4 years course of architectural enginnering from a registered University. Can I get COA registration? Kindly tell me the steps to be taken to get registered.
    Hi Pooja Agrawal,
    All the details are given at the CoA site link.
    Admin

  • November 29, 2015 at 7:32 am
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    After getting degree from Mumbai University for 5 years B.Arch, is it necessary to do internship of 120/90 days to register with COA?
    Hi SS Negi,
    There is no such condition for getting the registration, because you would have already done internship at some point during the 5 year course. All you have to do is, submit the relevant marks sheets, degree certificates etc, in original and with attested copies.
    Admin

  • December 2, 2015 at 2:21 am
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    Respected Sir,
    I just wanted to know about the new rule passed by COA.
    Is this true that will have to give exam to get register??Also wanted to know that m not having my all the mark-sheets of the semesters but have a proof of my degree in form of provisional as marksheets are not given by the institute. So can i register??
    Thank-you
    Mehak
    Hi Mehak,
    First of all there is no such rule that you have to give an exam to register. But you need to provide all the semesters’ mark sheets in order to get the registration with the COA.
    Admin

  • December 2, 2015 at 9:17 am
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    I m currently doing internships.I have little doubt, in our university you don’t need to clear all the subject for go to 4th year that is internship year(whole year of internship) and we can give all the subjects of third year in 4th year while doing internship means basically you need clear all the subjects of 3rd when you’re going to 5th.I failed in 5 subjects in 3rd year but still I can attempt all of them in 4th year if I pass in all I can go to 5th year.that’s how our university works.is that OK for our future registration in coa???
    Hi Vivek,
    If that is acceptable in your college/university, then it should be fine. It doesn’t matter if you have failed in any of the years- but at the time of applying for registration, you should have cleared all the years and have a degree certificate with you. Anyhow, is there anything you can do about the fact that you failed??? Just make sure you use the internship year to clear all the pending subjects.
    Admin

  • December 2, 2015 at 9:17 pm
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    Hello,
    I completed B. Arch in 2013 and was working from Aug 2013- June 2015, but presently I’m not practicing independently nor employed. Therefore, should I mention date of commencement of profession in column 8 and what should be mentioned in column 6 & 9?
    Hi Asha,
    Why are you seeking registration now, when you are not practicing? If you are planning to take up projects independently, then fill in your residential address as your professional one and mention that you are working independently.
    Admin

  • December 3, 2015 at 7:49 am
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    Hi, I have completed my B.arch Degree this year (2010-2015).Some of my friends telling that, if we did’nt register within this month (15.12.15), we need to write a exam for registration.So Is there any dead line for registration? Kindly help me please. Thanks in advance.:)
    Hi David Inbaraj,
    I have been getting many queries regarding an “exam for registration”. But I have never come across it in the CoA website. You can also go through it in detail. I do not know if there is such a condition for colleges that are not recognised. In case you have some more details please let me know as it will be useful for my readers.
    Admin

  • December 5, 2015 at 10:00 pm
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    Hello sir,
    I started my B.Arch course in july 2008 and cleared my 3rd year till july 2013 (within 5yrs). Now, i want to know that after 3rd year, in how many years one has to complete architecture specially to be eligible for COA license?
    My another question is, In last sem training, can I do office training under any known architect or trainer architect should fall in some specific criteria so that i can do training with him. If there are some criteria to choose an architect for an office training, then please guide me with those.
    Hi Aryan,
    There is no specific qualification or criteria that an architect must possess for your training. Any registered architect with a firm can take up trainees. But it is in your interest that you work with a well established/experienced architect so that you can learn the practical applications of whatever you have learned theoretically in college.
    It is correct that one has to clear the first 3 years within 5 years, but it is not clear as to the time period for completing the remaining 2 years- it is not specified in the CoA regulations.
    Admin

  • December 13, 2015 at 10:34 am
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    Hello. I am a B.Arch graduate of the 2010-2015 batch. I would like to clarify if the ‘COA Professional Examination for registration as architect’ applies for me and my batch. Thanks in advance.
    Hi Trisha,
    There was a proposal 2-3 years ago to introduce a professional exam for registration because the standards and quality at all institutions are never uniform and a professional exam is the only way to ensure that the best students with appropriate knowledge join the profession. But it has not beeen implemented so far. So it does not apply to you.
    Admin

  • December 13, 2015 at 8:34 pm
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    Hello Sir..
    I have completed my 5year degree course in the year 2013 and haven’t registered under COA yet. There are been confusions created by many saying that if not registered before Dec 31st 2015 we will have to take up an exam to qualify for registration.
    Can you please clarify on the same.
    Thanking you in advance.
    Hi Chinappa,
    There was a proposal 2-3 years ago to introduce a professional exam for registration because the standards and quality at all institutions are never uniform and a professional exam is the only way to ensure that the best students with appropriate knowledge join the profession. But to the best of my knowledge, it has not beeen implemented so far. It is not mentioned anywhere in the CoA website. So I think it is not applicable.
    Admin

  • December 13, 2015 at 11:19 pm
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    hello,
    I have already registered in coa in 2013 dec .I havent done renewal yet. i would like to know the procedure for renewal and what are the docs needed.can i do this online?
    Hi Mansi,
    Go to the CoA website on renewal instruction and fill in this renewal form and pay the requisite renewal fee and fine as specified.
    Admin

  • December 19, 2015 at 9:17 am
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    I completed my B. arch in 8years frm mumbai university & due to financial problems. Am I eligible for the registration of COA and if not how should i proceed? Please help!!
    Hi Ram,
    If you have completed your course, cleared all the exams and got a degree certificate, then you surely are eligible for registration with the CoA. You must send all the documents along with a DD as prescribed in the application form.
    Admin

  • December 19, 2015 at 9:29 am
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    Hi Sir,
    Can a Civil Engineer having PhD in Architecture be registered with the COA?
    Hi Ramees,
    Since you do not have B.Arch degree, I doubt if you can. But you can go through this link of the CoA. Schedule
    Admin

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  • December 20, 2015 at 3:22 am
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    Dear Sir,

    I belong to 2006-2011 batch but i completed my backlog papers only in 2014 and have acquired My B.arch degree.I Do not know my enrollment number that is to be filled in the form.As my college has turned into a deemed university, they do not have old records. Kindly let me know how to get to know my enrollment number.I have other docs such as original degree, consolidated mark sheet,birth certificate, 10+2 mark sheet etc.But, As the application form requires the enrollment number, im stuck! please guide me on how to proceed as i would like to register soon.
    Hi Aquin Noel,
    You have been careless!! Is the enrollment number not mentioned in any of the other documents that you possess? Then you must send a similar letter to the coa and ask them what you should do. Sometimes they do not process the registration if the form is incomplete, so it is better to get a reply from them before you send the originals for registration.
    PS: There is a page on the CoA website regarding enrollment numbers. You could try entering your name and institute name and see if you can access your enrollment number.
    Admin

  • December 21, 2015 at 7:46 pm
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    Hello,
    I finished my B.Arch (from Shivaji University,Kolhapur, India) in the month of May in 2015 i.e. last year. I have not yet registered in COA but will be doing it soon. I recently heard that if one registers in COA after one or more years of completion of the degree (B.Arch), he/she is supposed to write an exam to get themselves registered and nothing of that sort is required if one registers within one year of completion of the course. I am not sure of the authenticity of this information. So, I would like to know if this is the case as in a couple of months, it would be one year since I completed the course.
    Hi Surabhi,
    This rumour has been around for some time but there is no mention of it in the CoA website. IT was proposed at one time just to ensure that only the students that have basic architectural knowledge can be allowed to be registered, because the standard of education in many colleges is below par. But to my knowledge, it has not been implemented.
    Admin

  • December 23, 2015 at 8:13 am
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    how much percentage is compulsory from B.Arch. for getting the COA license
    Hi Lovely,
    The percentage does not matter. You must have passed B.Arch and been awarded the B.Arch degree certificate by your university.
    Admin

  • December 27, 2015 at 9:36 pm
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    Hello Sir,
    I have just applied for COA registration number, how many days does it usually take to get the number?
    Thanks
    Hi Harsh Wardhan,
    It can take 2 weeks or a month or even longer.
    Admin

  • December 29, 2015 at 2:46 am
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    Sir, is it possible that we can go personally to their office to submit and get the verification of the original certificates done on the spot to avoid loss of time and also chances of the original certificates getting lost in transit?
    Hi Prashant,
    It is possible but I am not sure if they will verify all the documents then and there and return the originals immediately. If you find out more, please let me know, so that my readers can benefit from it.
    Admin

  • January 3, 2016 at 8:25 pm
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    Dear Sir / Madam,
    This is regarding name & address change for in my certificate of registration. Currently my certificate is valid upto 31st Dec’2021.
    So i just need to know how much cash / demand draft i should do for change in name & address. For address change what proof i need to attach.
    Do i need send attested copy of B.Arch Final Degree.
    Hi Jigisha,
    I have explained everything regarding Registration and Renewal in my posts CoA | Procedure for Registration and CoA | Procedure for Renewal. Kindly read through it and you will have your answers.
    Admin

  • January 4, 2016 at 8:55 am
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    Hi admin,
    I want to know, how can i change my name in COA certificate.I have done degree from Maharashtra university and they included my father name as middle name in all the marksheets. However, i do not use any middle name in my other documents and as per COA, same name will print on registration as shown in your degree.Please advise any solution other than to correct name in all marksheets from university.
    Thanks in advance.

    Hi Pooja,
    An architect may apply for change of name while applying for a Duplicate Certificate of Registration. The concerned is required to click at “Change Name” given at architect button and an attested copy of Gazette Notification towards change of name from the respective State/Central Government shall be accepted. Send hardcopies of the above mentioned documents along with a request letter to office of COA for further action in the matter.
    Admin

  • January 5, 2016 at 3:51 am
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    Hello Sir,

    This information is very useful. Thank you.
    I would like to know if only an architectural qualifications i.e., B.Arch or M.Arch are required to apply for this and to practice architecture or can any degree holder apply for this. For instance, I am Mechanical Engineer and a Designer with high knowledge in Structural Engineering and Architecture. I have been designing buildings and structures for non commercial or practical usage for two years now with help of multiple softwares complying and considering all aspects of Structural Engineering and Architectural.
    I am a resident Indian. With an Indian degree. I’m determined to practice architecture at professional level. Can I apply for this ? If so, is the procedure different than you mentioned? Do tell me how I can apply.
    Looking forward for your reply.
    Regards,
    Praveen Kumar
    Hi Praveen,
    Without the requisite degree or education, you will not be able to register with the Council of Architecture.
    Admin

  • January 5, 2016 at 5:32 am
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    Dear Sir,
    For one time renewal , we need to submitted attested copy of degree certificate as per the form. No where it is mentioned the attestation type [ self attestation/ gazetted office attestation or an compulsory notary by a lawyer ].
    Kindly let me know the type as new govt rule we can also do self attestation ?
    Hi Abhilash,
    It is quite clearly stated that you have to submit a copy of the degree certificate attested by either a Gazetted Officer or Notary Public/Oath Commissioner. You cannot do self-attestation.
    Admin

  • January 9, 2016 at 11:40 am
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    Hi Admin,
    I am a student of Mumbai and i had to re-appear my final year Term 1 exam for 1 of the subjects as i had not cleared it in the first attempt. I wish yo apply for the Architect’s Registration in COA. I am ready with all the relevant documents except for the mark-sheet of the first failed attempt in final year exams. Is it ok if i send the rest of the mark-sheets of all the terms of 5 years which i have cleared?
    Hi Dipti,
    You need to send copies of all the semesters’ marks cards which indicate that you have cleared all of them. But you do not need to send the marksheet of the failed attempt.
    Admin

  • January 11, 2016 at 10:44 pm
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    Hi,

    I completed my B.Arch (from a university in Punjab) in 2010 and got my registration no. in 2013. I came abroad after getting married and also due to some very personal reasons, could not do the renewal. Now I am coming back to India and want to continue there.
    Kindly tell me how should I proceed for renewal, also tell me whether I can register for life time particularly in this case?!
    Thanks and regards
    Hi Shreya,
    You can apply for renewal. But you will have to pay a fine because you are late in renewing. You can read about it in my post on CoA | Procedure for Renewal. If you have been registered for a minimum of 2 years, then you are elligible for one-time payment option.
    Admin

  • January 12, 2016 at 4:59 am
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    Hello Sir,

    I have completed my graduation through associate Indian Institute of Architects Mumbai.i.e AIIA.in the year 2000.Am I eligible to pay one time payment Rs 6000 as registration fees? or I need to pay only rs 600 first?Please confirm on this.
    Hi Bhavani,
    If you have been registered for a minimum of 2 years, then you are elligible for one-time payment option. But if you have never been registered, then you have to pay Rs 600 initially. You can read about it in my post on CoA | Procedure for Registration.
    Admin

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