Architectural Practice Examination (APE) - How to Apply Online

APE Part 1 and 2 applications - Session 2 2018 is now closed.  The next round of examinations is scheduled for February 2019.

APE Part 3 applications will be open 15 to 21 September 2018. 

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 Locally Experienced Practitioner Program. For more information, read the APE and LEP 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 applications open 2 July 2018 and close 18 July 2018

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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. APE Part 2 applications open 2 July 2018. The next NEP will be held on 21 August 2018.

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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.

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Click here to apply for the APE 


Part 1 and 2 $450
Part 2 only* $230
Part 3 $395
LEP $850

 *applicable only within 12 months of initial application.

Locally Experienced Practitioner Program

Locally Experienced Practitioner Program (LEP) provides an alternative pathway to registration.

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