Architectural Practice Examination (APE) - How to Apply Online

APE Part 1 and 2 applications will open 4-11 February 2019. 

Read the APE 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.

Download the slides for the 2019 APE Briefing held on 31 January 2019.

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 4 February 2019 and close 11 February 2019

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


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 4 February 2019 and close 11 February 2019. The next NEP will be held on Tuesday 02 April 2019.

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.

Click here to apply for the APE 


Part 1 and 2 $465
Part 2 only* $230
Part 3 $395

 *applicable only within 12 months of initial application.

2019 Architectural Practice Examination Timetable

Information Session       
4pm, Thursday 31 January 2019 to be held at The Crypt, underneath St Patricks Church, Grosvenor Street Sydney



Application Dates

4 - 11 February 2019

1 – 5 July 2019

National Examination Paper

11 am, Tuesday
02 April 2019

11 am, Tuesday
20 August 2019

Examination by Interview

14 May onwards

15 October onwards

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