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.