The Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA) and its regulatory body, Architects Registration Council Of Nigeria (ARCON) are at logger head concerning the certification of Higher National Diploma (HND) holders.
According to Guardian, Architects who graduate with HND are usually registered after a mandatory eight-year course while those with university degrees were allowed after two-year course.
However, ARCON suspended the registration last year due to the letter by the National Universities Commission (NUC) which led to discontent among HND graduates.
Those that were really affected are architects who had already concluded the courses which included Final 1, Finals 11 & Professional Practice Examination (PPE) or Architects Competence Program (ACP) Exam and still waiting to be registered.
Guardian News learnt that it is one of the burning issues affecting the national body which has been penciled for discussion in the next Annual General Meeting slated to hold next week in Lagos.
The imbalance is already causing lot of ridges as members expect that it should have been looked into and settled before now.
Also, according to a member of the institute, members are disgruntled because they do not know their stance since the issue came up towards the twilight of Tonye Braide-led executive.
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