Architectural Practice Examination (APE) - How to Apply Online

If you intend to apply for the APE in 2023, we encourage you to attend the following webinars, hosted by the Board:

2023 APE Part 3 Candidate Briefing - Tuesday 9 May 5.30pm - 7.00pm Register here.

2023 APE Part 1 & 2 Candidate Briefing - Thursday 8 June 5.30pm - 7.00pm Register here.

2023 APE Part 3 Candidate Briefing - Thursday 12 October 5.30pm - 7.00pm Register here.

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.

Read the APE Part 1 & 2 Guide before you apply below online.

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.

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)

In 2021 both sessions of the 2021 National Examination Paper will be delivered via a remote proctored platform.

The AACA and the Architect Registration Boards agree that this format for the NEP will facilitate national consistency of application of the NEP in 2021 given the ongoing COVID 19 situation.

See here for more information on online remote proctoring and here for the answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions.

The NEP is 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 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 $660
Part 2 only* $245
Part 3 $470

 *applicable only within 12 months of initial application.

2023 Architectural Practice Exam Timetable


SESSION 1 2023

SESSION 2 2023

PART 1 & 2
Application Dates

Open Monday 16 January 2023
Close 5pm Friday 27 January 2023

Open  29 June 2023
Close 5pm Monday 10 July 2023

National Examination Paper

Tuesday 18 April 2023

Tuesday 19 September 2023

Application Dates

Open Monday 15 May 2023
Close 5pm Friday 26 May 2023

Open Monday 16 October 2023
Close 5pm Friday 27 October 2023

Examination by Interview

June 2023

November 2023

If you are looking to sit the APE from January 2024 onwards, please see AACA’s website here for further information on the 2024 logbook and other supporting documentation.

Part 1 & 2 Architectural Practice Examination

The next round of applications will be held in 2023.

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