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Architectural Practice Examination (APE)

About the APE

Everyone seeking registration as an architect in Australia is required to successfully complete the APE unless exempted through a mutual recognition agreement, eligible overseas assessment process or the AACA Experienced Practitioner Assessment.

The APE is a national competency-based assessment in accordance with the 2021 National Standard of Competency for Architects (2021 NSCA). The 2021 NSCA identifies the skills, knowledge and capabilities required for the general practice of architecture in Australia.

The APE ensures that individuals who are admitted to a register of architects in any state or territory in Australia have an adequate knowledge and understanding of the practice of architecture in Australia and the capacity to exercise professional skill.


The APE is conducted twice each year and comprises 3 parts.

Upon successful completion of all 3 parts of the APE you can apply for initial registration as an architect in NSW by completing Form 01 - Application for Initial Registration as an Architect in NSW.


Go to APE Part 1

Submission of AACA Logbook and Statement of Practical Experience

Go to APE Part 2

National Examination Paper (NEP)
 

Go to APE Part 3

Examination by Interview


Attend the free briefing webinars

Before you apply for the APE you are encouraged to attend a free webinar delivered by the NSW ARB Registrar, Dr Kirsten Orr and NSW APE Convenor Associate Professor Melonie Bayl-Smith:

For candidates planning to apply in Session 1, 2024:

Candidate Briefing2024 APE Part 3 Candidate Briefing
Tuesday 7 May 2024, 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Register

For candidates planning to apply in Session 2, 2024:

Candidate Briefing2024 APE Part 1 & 2 Candidate Briefing
Tuesday 4 June 2024 5.30pm - 7.00pm
Register
Candidate Briefing2024 APE Part 3 Candidate Briefing
Thursday 26 September 2024, 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Register

For candidates planning to apply in 2025:

Candidate Briefing2025 APE Part 1 & 2 Candidate Briefing
Tuesday 3 December 2024 5.30pm - 7.00pm
Register

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