Architectural Practice Examination (APE) - How to Apply Online

*APE PART 1 & 2 APPLICATIONS OPEN 2 JULY 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 Local Experience 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 12 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 

 APE Fees
 APE Part 1 & 2  $450
 Part 2 Re-sit*  $230 
 APE Part 3  $395

 

 

 

 *applicable only within 12 months of initial application.

Local Experienced Practitioner (LEP) Program

This program provides an alternate pathway to registration for graduates of Australian accredited architecture programs with minimum 7 years relevant experience demonstrated through a portfolio of four to six complex architectural projects. Successful applicants will be eligible to register as architects with any jurisdiction in Australia. 

LEP applications are open for submission anytime during the year. Applications submitted during the APE Part 3 period will be included in the APE Part 3 timetable for interview - this usually occurs during May and October each year.

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Local Experienced Practitioner Program

Local Experienced Practitioner Program applications are open for submission anytime during the year. This program provides an alternative pathway to registration for graduates of Australian accredited architecture programs with minimum 7 years relevant experience demonstrated through a portfolio of four to six complex architectural projects. Successful applicants will be eligible to register as architects with any jurisdiction in Australia.

Note: Applicants whose LEP applications fall during the APE Part 3 period will be included in the APE Part 3 timetable for interview - this usually occurs during May and October each year.

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