Draft Architecture Accreditation Procedure in Australia and New Zealand available for comment

The Draft Architecture Accreditation Procedure in Australia and New Zealand has been distributed for comment. The Procedure is based upon the Final Recommendations of the ANZAP Review Development Group of July 2017.  

The Architecture Accreditation Procedure in Australia and New Zealand will come in to effect in 2018.

We invite comments from all stakeholders on the Procedure and the Guidance Notes developed thus far. Reporting Templates and further Guidance Notes  will be developed over the coming months in response to feedback.

The Accreditation Procedure in Australia and New Zealand is administered by the AACA on behalf of the Architect Registration Boards. The Australian Institute of Architects, as the key professional association, is a major stakeholder in accreditation and will sit on the Accreditation Management Committee responsible for oversight of the Procedure.

The Accreditation Management Committee will meet for the first time in mid-November 2017.

All programs, regardless of where they are in the accreditation cycle, will move to Annual Reporting in 2018 (due in September each year).

The first Accreditation Review Panels to be held under the revised Accreditation procedure are expected to begin rolling out from September 2018. The Secretariat will work closely with Providers who are due for an Accreditation Review Panel Visit in 2018.

The costs of implementing the procedure over the 5 year cycle will be shared between the AACA (on behalf of the Architect Registration Boards) and the Program providers.

Calls for expression of interest to join the Standing Panels will be issued shortly. A Training package will be developed for Providers and Training panel Members and implemented by 31 May 2018.

To facilitate reporting by the programs we are looking to develop a portal on AACA’s website by 30 June 2018 for providers to:

  • access information and guidance
  • access reporting templates
  • communicate with the Secretariat
  • submit annual reports
  • submit the Provider Accreditation Statement prior to the 5 yearly Accreditation Review Panel

       Please provide any comments to [email protected] by 3 November 2017. 

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Update on the transition to implementation of the 2018 accreditation procedure

The 2017 National Visiting Panels and Interim Review Panels or equivalent reporting options are being implemented between August and October.
The newly established Accreditation Management Committee will meet for the first time in early September to review the draft manual, guidance and reporting templates prior to the documents being issued for comment in mid-September.
More info…
• July-September 2015 AIA – AACA Liaison Group agree the terms of reference, timeframe and membership of the panel for the review of the 2013 ANZAPAP
• June 2016 – Stage 1 Report of the Review of the ANZAPAP released
• September 2016 – terms of reference, timeframe and membership pf the Development Group agreed by the AIA-AACA Liaison Group
• March – April 2017 consultation period for recommendations from the Development Group
• July 2017 – Final Recommendations released
• July 2017 – Secretariat moved to AACA
• August – October 2017 (5) – National Visiting Panels implemented in accordance with 2013 ANZAPAP
• August – October 2017 – (7) – interim review panels or equivalent implemented in accordance with 2013 ANZAPAP
• August – October 2017 working with stakeholders as the manual, guidance and reporting templates are developed
• September 2017 – Accreditation Management Group meets for first time – comprising one member from each of the stakeholder groups:
• Heads of Schools
• Architect Registration Boards
• Deans of the Built Environment
• AACA
• AIA
• Draft guidance and accreditation manual available for comment mid-September
• Late November revised accreditation procedure finalised
• January 2018 – revised accreditation procedure takes effect
9 August 2017

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National Program of Assessment applications – closes on 2nd June 2017

The NPrA is a competency based assessment for practitioners who have substantial skills and experience in the architectural profession, but do not have a recognised qualification. Successful completion of the NPrA provides entry to the Architectural Practice Examination.

Submissions are accepted from candidates with qualifications ranging from undergraduate degrees in architecture; undergraduate degrees in design; technical experience in building design, drafting and technology. All candidates must have relevant  industry experience over the last seven years. In 2015/16 67% of candidates who completed the NPrA Program were successful.

Applications for the National Program of Assessment (NPrA) 2017 close on Friday 2nd June 2017.

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ANZAPAP Review – Stakeholder Consultation during March and April

A review of the Australian and New Zealand Architecture Program Accreditation Procedure (ANZAPAP) was initiated in mid 2015 by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA).

An initial round of stakeholder consultations was conducted in early 2016 and the Stage 1 Final Report was completed in June 2016. The ANZAPAP Development Group began work in September 2016 on the development of the Stage 1 Final Recommendations.

A further round of Stakeholder Consultation is now underway. The Stakeholder Consultation Pack can be accessed from this link.

Stakeholder feedback must be submitted in writing to [email protected] by no later than 30th April 2017.

An additional draft document providing Evidence Guidelines for providers and panel members has been released on 3 April as an Addendum.  Please access the document via this link.

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US/Australia/New Zealand MRA now in force

Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRA) between the architectural licensing authorities of the United States, Australia, and New Zealand enables Australian architects to gain registration in 29 US jurisdictions that have agreed thus far to these arrangements.

Alabama Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

 Australian Architects wishing to be licensed in the US

Eligibility:

  • citizenship or lawful permanent residence in Australia
  • current registration in a state or territory in Australia
  • 6,000 (approximately 3 years of post-registration experience in Australia)
  • registration as an architect in Australia that was not obtained through any other foreign mutual recognition arrangement

See here for the application form before applying for an NCARB certificate.

US Architects wishing to be registered (licensed) in Australia

Eligibility:

  • citizenship or lawful permanent residence in the US
  • an active NCARB certificate
  • a license to practice from a US jurisdiction that has signed the arrangement
  • 6,000 (approximately 3 years of post-licensure experience in the US)
  • licensure in the US not gained through foreign reciprocity

In the first instance, architects licensed in the US wishing to apply for registration as an architect in Australia should contact NCARB. 

See here for the application form.

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Pathways to Registration as an Architect in Australia

The National Standard of Competency for Architects (NSCA) underpins all programs that lead registration as an Architect  in Australia.
The Standard identifies the primary activities that are fundamental to the practice of architecture and in relation to which an architect is expected to demonstrate competence in the delivery of professional services.

Architects in Australia
In each state and territory of Australia it is a legal requirement that any person using the title ‘architect’ or offering services to the public as an architect, must be registered with the Architects’ Board in that jurisdiction. Each State and Territory of Australia has its own architects registration board and publishes a register of architects.

Steps to Registration
Generally, there are three steps required for registration as an architect in Australia:
     • Successfully complete an accredited qualification in architecture or equivalent;
     • Complete a period of relevant professional experience followed by successful completion of the Architectural Practice Examination (APE);
     • Apply for registration to the Architects’ Board in the State or Territory in which the applicant wishes to practice.

Find your Pathway to Registration

Graduate of Australian Accredited Architecture QualificationGraduate of Overseas Architecture QualificationNo Qualification Industry Experience
(7 years’ experience)
 Registered APEC Architect from economy with mutual recognition agreement with Australia
(Japan, Singapore or Canada)
Experienced Overseas Practitioner
(7+ years’ professional experience, executive level experience in complex projects, and overseas architectural qualification/s)
Locally Experienced Practitioner
(7+ years’ professional experience, executive level experience in complex projects, and accredited Australian architectural qualification/s)
Complete a recognised qualificationOverseas Qualifications Assessment (OQA) ProgramNational Program of Assessment (NPrA) Or Built Work Program of Assessment (BWPrA) (via the NSW ARB, authorship complex buildings) Certification as APEC Architect in home economy with mutual recognition agreement with AustraliaExperienced Practitioner Assessment (EPA – Overseas) ProgramExperienced Practitioner Assessment (EPA – Local) Program
Architectural Practice Examination Competency Assessment Interview
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Application to State or Territory Architects Registration Board

Or download Pathways to Registration here.

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Excellent results in the 2015/16 National Program of Assessment (NPrA) Results

67% of candidates who completed the NPrA Program for 2015/16 were successful. The NPrA is a competency based assessment for practitioners who have substantial skills and experience in the architectural profession, but do not have a recognised qualification. Successful completion of the NPrA provides entry to the Architectural Practice Examination.

Submissions are accepted from candidates with qualifications ranging from undergraduate degrees in architecture; undergraduate degrees in design; technical experience in building design, drafting and technology. All candidates must have relevant  industry experience over the last seven years.

The NPrA Assessors and Management Panel commended the standard of submissions received from applicants and looks forward to the continued success of candidates who utilise this pathway to registration as an architect in Australia.

Applications for the National Program of Assessment (NPrA) 2017 open on 3rd February 2017 and close on Friday 26 May 2017.

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Contact

Architects Accreditation Council of Australia
Suite 3, Level 5
75 Castlereagh Street
SYDNEY NSW 2000

PO Box A2575
SYDNEY SOUTH NSW 1235

(612) 8042 8930
[email protected]

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