The LEP is a process wherein persons who have the approved academic qualification in architects from a university in Australia and who have been practising for more than seven years, having been involved in the design and construction of complex architectural projects, can bypass the Architectural Practice Examination (APE) and become registered through this process.
Section 10 of the Act makes it an offence for a corporation or firm to represent itself to be an architect, and must not allow itself to be represented to be an architect, unless the corporation or firm has at least one nominated architect who is responsible for the provision of architectural services by the corporation or firm. The ‘nominated architect’ is responsible for the oversight and delivery of architectural services on behalf of a corporation or firm. In order to perform this duty, the nominated architect should be involved in the running of the business, or be an employee of the corporation or firm.
Requirements and procedures on becoming registered as an architect in New South Wales.
As a condition of annual renewal of registration, architects must declare that they have taken all reasonable steps .. to maintain and improve the skills and knowledge necessary for the provision of the architectural services that the architect normally provides (Part 5, Section 17 of the NSW Architects Code of Professional Conduct – the Code)
An Architects' Learning Group comprises architects who have formed a group for the purpose of peer education. If the Group follows thye guidelines contained in Information Sheet 8 - Establishing an Achitects' Learning Group, participants in the Group can claim formal CPE/CPD hours.