Architectural Practice Examination (APE) - How to Apply Online

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.

Download the slides for the 2019 APE Briefing.

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 1 July 2019 and close 5 July 2019

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. APE Part 2 session 2 applications open 1 July 2019 and close 5 July 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. Part 3 Session 1 applications open on Wednesday 17 April and will close at 5PM Monday 29 April 2019.

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 Monday 1st July 2019 and closes midnight Friday, 5th July 2019.

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2019 Architectural Practice Examination Timetable



PART 1 & 2
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

Application Dates

Opens Wednesday 17 April
Closes 5PM Monday 29 April 2019

September 2019

Examination by Interview

14 May onwards

15 October onwards

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