There are many pathways to register as an architect in NSW. Common to all the pathways is the principle that candidates should meet the competencies detailed in the National Standard of Competency for Architects - the standard developed by the profession and accepted by all Architects Registration Boards in Australia as defining the threshold level of knowledge and experience necessary for a person to practice as an architect.
Architectural Practice Examination
The Architectural Practice Examination (APE) is a national examination developed by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) in conjunction with Architects Registration Boards. It is coordinated nationally by AACA which provides all examination documents and monitors implementation and examination results.
Successful completion of the APE gives candidates eligibility to apply for registration as an architect with any Registration Board in Australia.
The APE consists of three parts:
- Part 1 - Assessment of Eligibility for Admission
- Part 2 - National Examination Paper
- Part 3 - Examination by Interview
The NSW Architects Registration Board conducts two sessions of the Architectural Practice Examination each year. See the APE Calendar on this website.
Applicants for the Examination are encouraged to use the online facility to apply for the examination and can be accessed here http://www.architects.nsw.gov.au/how-to-apply-online
Built Work Program of Assessment
If you want to become an architect, but do not have the academic qualification in architecture you can become eligible if you have successfully completed the Built Work Program of Assessment. If you have 10 years experience in the architecture industry and has authored the conceptual and schematic design of a complex architectural project in Australia; and undertake work in construction and management services similar to those offered by an architect then the process may be suitable for you.
Locally Experienced Practitioner
This program provides an alternate pathway to registration for graduates of accredited Australian architecture programs with relevant experience at executive level in complex projects. Successful completion of this program allows applicants to bypass the Architectural Practice Examination and apply directly for registration as an architect to the Architect Registration Board in the relevant State or Territory.
Eligibility: completed a prescribed qualification in Architecture in Australia, seven (7) years of relevant professional experience after graduation with a minimum 3 years practising at Executive level (principal decision maker) and 12 months of relevant professional experience in Australia within the last three (3) years. Applicant must also be a resident in Australia.
Applicants must demonstrate application of the required Performance Criteria from the National Standard of Competency through a portfolio of complex projects. Assessment of applications are conducted via a desk-based eligibility verification, followed by a Panel Interview by assessors.
Overseas Architect Assessment
The Overseas Architect Assessment Program provides a ‘fast-track’ to registration in Australia for overseas architects who have the appropriate skills and knowledge and are not eligible for registration under existing mutual recognition agreements. Successful completion of this program allows applicants to bypass the Architectural Practice Examination and apply directly for registration as an architect with their state or territory architects registration board.
Applicants must demonstrate an applied understanding of the required Performance Criteria from the National Standard of Competency for Architects (NSCA). Through a portfolio of complex projects, applicants will demonstrate appropriate experience and practice of architecture at an Executive Level, as well as capacity to exercise professional skill as an architectural practitioner in Australia
Read further information and download forms from www.aaca.org.au