Register Architects

Getting Registered

Architects are skilled and experienced professionals.  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.  These include overseas qualifications in architecture accredited by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia, successful completion of the AACA National Program of Assessment or the INFORMATION SHEET - BUILT WORK PROGRAM OF ASSESSMENT

Additionally, a person must have an approved period or experience in architecture or a minimum 3,300 logged hours of work experience covering the mandatory elements of competency; and pass the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia’s Architectural Practice Examination (APE) . 

Completion of the examination (APE) 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.  It is reserved by law in NSW as well as with other States and Territories in Australia and 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. 


Registration is renewed annually.  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.

The Register is published annually, in printed and electronic formats.

Corporations and firms nominate at least one architect responsible for the provision of architectural services.

Registration compels architects to act professionally and ethically.  Architects are bound by the NSW Architects Code of Professional Conduct embodied in the Regulations under the Architects Act.

Mutual Recognition Act (MRA) for persons registered in other States and Territories in Australia

Architects who are currently registered in another State or Territory in Australia are eligible to apply for registration in New South Wales under the terms of the Mutual Recognition Act (MRA).  Applicants are required to submit a completed application form, a certification from the Registrar of a State Registration Board where a person is currently registered, and payment of the prescribed registration fee. 

Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement (TTMRA)

Under the terms of the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement, architects registered in New Zealand are eligible to apply for registration as architects in New South Wales.  Applicants are required to submit a completed application form, present the current Practising Certificate from NZRAB and payment of the registration fee.  Additional experience and examinations are not required.

Temporary Registration of Overseas Architects

The Board may register an individual who intends to practice in NSW for a limited period and who is not normally a resident of NSW.  The Board must be satisfied that the individual has architectural qualifications and practical experience in another country that demonstrates that they are capable of practising architecture in this State with the same competence and skill expected of architects with full registration. 

See Form 03– Temporary Registration of Overseas Architects

Non-Practising Status

Architects who have been on the Register at any time may choose to change their status to non-practising.  This category will include architects who may have retired or those who are not practising architecture nor will be for the foreseeable future. Individuals who have removed their names from the Register may apply to be reinstated in this category by applying to the Board and paying an annual fee of $40. Architects who are currently on the Register but wish to change their status from practising to non-practising should apply to do so at annual renewal time.