CoA | Registration of Architects

Only a ‘registered Architect’ or a ‘registered firm of Architects’ can use the title and style of “Architect”.  Every time an Architect signs an agreement with the client, he is supposed to quote his ‘Registration Number’. If any person misuses the title and style of Architect, such acts tantamount to committing  a criminal offence, which is punishable under section 36 or 37 (2) of the Architects Act, 1972, on first conviction with fine of five hundred rupees, and on any subsequent conviction with imprisonment which may extend to six months or with a fine not exceeding one thousand rupees.



It is very important that every qualified Architect, desirous of carrying on the profession of ‘Architect’, be registered with the Council of Architecture because any reference in law to an Architect, shall be deemed to be a reference to an Architect registered under the Act.


The registration with the Council of Architecture entitles:

  1. A person to practice the profession of Architecture, provided he holds a Certificate of Registration with up-to-date renewals;
  2. A person to use the title and style of Architect. The title and style of Architect can also be used by a firm of Architects, of which all partners are registered with COA.
  3. Limited Companies, Private/Public Companies, societies and other juridical persons are not entitled to use the title and style of Architect nor are they entitled to practice the profession of Architecture.

A person can have his name entered in the Register, on payment of the prescribed fee, if he resides or carries out the profession of Architecture in India and has the necessary qualifications, after having undergone education in accordance with the Council of Architecture – Minimum Standards of Architectural Education Regulations, 1983.


On entry in the Register, the Registrar issues a Certificate of registration, in which the Council of Architecture’s Registration Number is mentioned. This Registration Number has to be quoted by the Architect, when signing on an Agreement or on any documents related to the project for which the Architect has been signed.


An Architect may not be registered in rare cases, if he has not applied for registration or if he has not paid the registration fee or renewed the registration. However in most cases, an Architect is not registered because he does not hold a recognized qualification, or because he has not successfully completed the Architecture course, or because his name has been removed from the register for some  act of professional misconduct or for some other reasons such as:

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

In case of a person whose name has been removed from the Register or who has died, 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.



Many times ‘pseudo architects’ operate as if they are real Architects and dupe the general public.  The only way you can prevent such malpractises, is by insisting that the Architect gives you his ‘Registration Number’. If any person whose name is not entered in the Register but falsely represents that it is entered, or uses in connection with his name or title, any words to suggest that he is registered, such acts tantamount to committing  a criminal offence, and is punishable under section 36 or 37 (2) of the Architects Act, 1972, with a fine of one thousand rupees.


Anybody who confirms that a person pretending to be an “Architect” is not registered with the Council of Architecture, can lodge a police complaint  against the ‘pseudo Architect’ and complain to the Council as well. Before this, the complainant must verify with the Council if the said ‘Architect’ is registered or not. One can complain to the COA in this Complaint Form.

This post was about the Registration of Architects, why it is important for Architects to be registered with the COA, in  India.  To know more about the Procedure for Registration, go to:

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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14 thoughts on “CoA | Registration of Architects

  • April 23, 2009 at 3:50 am

    how to download registration form

    Dear Vinay,
    Click on ‘Application form’ within the text to download the Registration form.

  • December 29, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Hello!!! is one of the most excellent informational websites of its kind. I enjoy reading it every day. Keep it that way.

  • October 18, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Is QIP required for professinals for Renewal of license? I am having one time payment license with me which will expire on dec. 2015.

  • November 28, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Respected sir

    I have compleated my all indian institute of architectural engineering in 2000 year. But i didn’t apply for registration at that time. Now i should get council of architecture membership or registration. it became very compulsion in my practice.
    so i am requesting u sir pls send me the form of council of architecture
    thank u

  • March 8, 2015 at 5:24 am

    wen ill open online registration nata 2015
    Hi Soumya,
    The details will be available on the 27th March 21015. Click this NATA link.

  • June 25, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    hey…. is dere any rule of where if the atudent coyld not clear 3rd year in 5 yaer he or she will not be able to register themselves as an architect..???? if dere is rule dan for wgich year batch it is applicable… me with dis
    Hi Pawan,
    A student is supposed to clear his first year exams before giving the third year exams. Similarly he is supposed to clear his second year exams before giving his fourth year exams and his third year exams before giving his final year exams. If he has not cleared even one of these exams he is not qualified to be an architect. So he will have to clear all the years before applying to the COA for registration.

  • July 12, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    After submitting the form and documents at COA for registration, how long does it take for the procedure to be completed/verified? Approximately after how many days is the original degree submitted back to the individual?
    Hi Shweta,
    You can expect about a month for the degree certificate to be returned. Sometimes it takes 45 days.

  • December 28, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Hi, my registration with COA is about to expire, i want to know the procedure for renewal of my registration. What all documents has to be submitted etc
    Hi Amarja Panse,
    You can read about it on the CoA website page regarding renewal. Here is the link.

  • January 2, 2016 at 3:06 am

    i enrolled in 2007, and graduated in 2013 (1 year backlog in 2009), but my institute says they dont have my CoA Registration number for 2007 batch. The number is not there even in the CoA Website consolidated list.I have all the marksheets and the degree certificate. Will my application be processed if i dont fill in the CoA Registration number in the form.? Should i mention my predicament in the covering letter?
    Many thanks,
    Hi Raj,
    I had another query from a 2007 batch reader. He had the same predicament and his college authorities had asked him to leave it blank as they said that the numbers were given for batches from 2008 onwards. You could explain all this in your covering letter.
    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.

  • January 24, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Respected sir
    I have submitted my application with all necessary documents on 27-11-2015 to register as an architects.
    I need to apply for UPSC 2016 job Vacancy for deputy architect post. And i am asked to fill up the Registration number and date of registration. But i did not receive it yet. what should i do?
    Hi Divya,
    It is surprising that you did not get your registration documents even after 2 months. You should contact the CoA office and ask them about your present dilemma.

  • May 25, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Respected sir
    I m registered with council of architecture in year 2010-11 but i lost my reg. Number and forgot it. So how can I get my reg number so i can renew.
    Hi Nirav,
    You are supposed to keep your CoA certificate of Registration safely as it has to be sent back to the CoA every time you renew. Now that you have lost it, you will have to request the CoA to issue you a duplicate certificate. Affix the same signatures and names as available in the Council records in the affidavit for applying for duplicate certificate and send a covering letter. Go through my post on renewal of registration

  • July 3, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    I am trying to fill the application form online for the registration as an architect, but the computer is not accepting my form due to the punctuation mark (‘) in my name and its not getting submitted. After putting the enrollment number , it automatically fills the form with my name , and I am not been able to edit it. I have tried to contact the COA office but somehow not been able to contact them . What should I do? Please help.Also give me the exact contact number of the COA.
    Hi Filanda,
    I have got some complaints regarding hitches in the online registration. so why don’t you send al the documents and DD by post? It is a surer way of getting registered. You can read about it in my post on Procedure for Registration.

  • July 23, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Is it quicker to apply in person to the COA? Or the online and in person services mean the same speed in terms of time consumption to register?
    Hi Prithiv,
    Even if you go in person, nowadays they ask you to apply online first. So stick to applying online.

  • November 5, 2016 at 12:02 am

    I forgot my COA account password.. how can I regenerate password???
    Hi Gowthami,
    I am not sure since the CoA site is sometimes not very responsive.

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