APE Part 1: Logbook and Statement of Practical Experience

Eligibility

Candidates may be eligible for APE Part 1 through certified successful completion of one of the following pathways:
a) an Australian accredited qualification in Architecture
b) the AACA Overseas Qualifications Assessment (OQA)
c) the AACA National Program of Assessment (NPRA)

Practical Experience

All Candidates must complete:

A minimum of two years experience

Under the supervision of an architect or in a self-employed capacity, recorded in the AACA APE Logbook.

A minimum of 3,300 hours of experience

That meets the allocated requirements across all 15 Performance Criteria.

A Statement of Practical Experience

Describing experience in the Performance Criteria recorded in the Logbook

Note for 2016 APE Candidates
In the transition to implementation of the Standard across all AACA assessment processes candidates for the APE in 2016 may submit the logbook downloaded before 31 October 2015 or the current logbook on our website.

 Submissions 
APE Part 1 is submitted directly to the State or Territory architects registration board in which the applicant wishes to practice. For dates, see the submissions timetable here.

 

Additional Information

Candidates whose approved entry pathway is an accredited qualification from an Australian school of architecture, New Zealand, Singapore or Hong Kong, must also have:

  • a minimum of 12 months experience subsequent to successfully completing this qualification in architecture; and
  • a minimum of 12 months experience undertaken in Australia.

    Candidates with a qualification successfully certified through the Overseas Qualifications Assessment (OQA) must also have:

  • a minimum of 12 months experience subsequent to successfully completing this qualification in architecture; and
  • a minimum of 12 months experience undertaken in Australia.

    OQA candidates may commence logging the 12 months of experience in Australia as follows:

  • Stage 2 – Final Assessment of Overseas Qualifications Assessment without area/s of deficiency – from the Candidate’s date of arrival in Australia; or
  • Stage 2 – Final Assessment of Overseas Qualifications Assessment with area/s of deficiency requiring completion of a Master of Architecture in Australia – from the Candidate’s date of successful completion of the Master of Architecture in Australia.

    Candidates whose approved entry path is through successfully completing of the AACA National Program of Assessment (NPRA) may log hours used for entry to the NPRA providing they meet the requirements of:

  • a minimum of 3,300 hours of experience that ranges over all 15 Performance Criteria; and
  • 12 months of logged experience in Australia.

    Notes

    All experience that has been gained in a self-employed capacity must be logged at the Executive level.

    Admission to the APE is conditional upon satisfaction of logging 3,300 hours of experience that ranges over all 15 Performance Criteria at the required levels and submission of a Statement of Practical Experience.

    The Statement of Practical Experience has word limitations as follows:

  • a maximum of 2,000 words; or
  • a maximum of 3,000 words if some or all of the Candidate’s experience is other than under the supervision of an architect.