Architectural Practice Examination (APE) - How to Apply Online

The NSW ARB is hosting APE Briefing Webinars for all candidates, we strongly encourage you to attend:

APE Part 1 & 2 Candidate Briefing, Wednesday 4 November 5.30 - 7.00pm. Register here.

APE Part 1 & 2 Candidate Briefing, Wednesday 3 February 2021, 5.30 - 7.00pm. Register here.

Read the APE Part1 & 2 Guide before you apply online.

The AACA Architectural Practice Examination (APE) is a nationally consistent three-part competency-based assessment process. APE applications are open two seasons per year. All candidates seeking registration as an architect in Australia are required to successfully complete the APE unless exempted through an eligible overseas assessment process or the Experienced Practitioner Assessment. To learn more about the competencies read the NSW ARB National Standard of Competency Guide.

APE Part 1 – Assessment of Eligibility

Candidates submit their Log Book (download the AACA logbook here), Statement of Practical Experience and supporting documents which demonstrate their experience in architecture and activities they have undertaken. A 'Pass' in Part 1 is a condition of admission to Part 2. APE Part 1 Session 2 applications open on Tuesday, 2nd June 2020 and close at 5pm on Tuesday, 16th June 2020.

For more information on how to apply read the AACA's Procedure for Candidates.

For more information on how to fill out your logbook read the AACA's How To Logbook Guide.


APE Part 2 – National Examination Paper (NEP)

A computer-based 1-hour ‘closed book’ scenario-style exam conducted simultaneously by all registration boards twice a year. Candidates can only undertake Part 2 in the same jurisdiction where they submitted for Part 1. A 'Pass' in Part 2 is a condition of admission to Part 3. The Session 1 APE Examination Paper scheduled for 21 April 2020 has been postponed until Session 2 NEP scheduled for 18 August 2020.

The processing of a refund where exceptional circumstances have been approved by the Board will not be made until after the August 2020 NEP.

APE Part 3 – Examination by Interview

This stage confirms, through a face to face interview, that the candidate has demonstrated adequate knowledge and/or experience against the National Standard of Competency for Architects sufficient to satisfy the requirements for registration. Interviews are conducted by two examiners. If successful, the Board will invite the candidate to apply for registration. Part 3 Session 2 applications will be open from 15 - 22 September 2020.

Click here to apply for the APE 


Part 1 and 2 $465
Part 2 only* $245
Part 3 $395

 *applicable only within 12 months of initial application.

Part 1 & 2 Architectural Practice Examination

The next round of applications will open on Tuesday 2nd June 2020 and closes 5pm Tuesday 16th June 2020.

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2020 Architectural Practice Examination Timetable

SESSION 1 2020

SESSION 2 2020

PART 1 & 2
Application Dates

6 - 20 February 2020

2 - 16 June 2020

National Examination Paper

postponed to 18 August

Tuesday 18 August 2020

Application Dates

 13 - 19 May 2020

15 - 22 September 2020

Examination by Interview


October 2020

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