In order to be registered with the NSW Architects Registration Board, a person must have the prescribed university qualification in architecture, or other qualifications that the Board deems equivalent. This can include overseas qualifications in architecture accredited by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia, or successful completion of the pathway for anyone who has gained the competencies through experience. In addition to an accredited qualification, a person must have a minimum 3,300 hours of work experience covering the mandatory elements of competency; and pass the Architectural Practice Examination (APE) . Successful completion of the examination qualifies a person to apply for enrolment as an architect in New South Wales and with other registration jurisdictions in Australia and New Zealand.
The use of the title "architect" is strictly regulated in every State and Territory. It is reserved by law in NSW as well as in many countries overseas. Only persons who are registered as architects may use the title "architect", or descriptions such as "architectural" which derive from it. See Information Sheet - Illegal Use of the Title Architect
Architects pay an annual registration fee each year to maintain their registration. Non-payment of the registration fee results in suspension of registration. Upon renewal, the architect receives a statement of currency which shows the individual's registration number and verifies the status as an architect registered in NSW.
The registration status of a person can be checked by logging on to the Board’s website or by contacting the Board’s office. The full name of a registered person is included on the Register of Architects, together with the person's registered address and date of enrolment.
In NSW, corporations and firms must nominate at least one architect to be responsible for the provision of architectural services. Registration compels architects to act professionally, ethically and with integrity. Architects are bound by an enforceable NSW Architects Code of Professional Conduct embodied in the Regulations under the Architects Act.