Migration Skills Assessment
AACA has the responsibility for assessment of overseas qualifications in architecture for the purposes of migration to Australia under the Australian Government’s Skilled Migration program.
AACA has been specified by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship in accordance with the Migration Regulations as the assessing authority for the occupation ‘Architect’, ANZSCO code 23211.
Details about AACA’s assessment are provided with the application form – Form M
Please note: A number of reforms to the Department of Immigration & Citizenship’s (DIAC) General Skilled Migration program were introduced from 1 July 2011. In response to the DIAC reforms, the AACA application form for Assessment of Academic Qualifications in Architecture for Migration Purposes has been revised and must be used for applications for skills assessments lodged after 1 July 2011
Details of the DIAC reforms are available from the DIAC website at
If you require an assessment of your overseas academic qualifications in architecture for migration purposes
If you have accredited academic qualifications in architecture from an Australian university and you require them verified for migration purposes *
Australian non-accredited post-graduate qualification
If you hold non-accredited Australian post graduate qualifications in architecture or in a field related to architecture, and you would like these qualifications considered as part of your application for a skills assessment for migration purposes
*AACA has inter-recognition agreements with New Zealand and Singapore to recognise specific accredited qualifications. If you have accredited academic qualifications from a New Zealand or Singapore university and you require them verified for migration purposes, you should follow this link.
- AACA assesses only completed academic qualifications in architecture
- AACA assesses only qualifications obtained by course work
- AACA’s Skills Assessment does not include work experience or third party comments
- AACA does not provide advice on how to upgrade your academic qualifications in order to meet the requirements for the occupation for migration purposes
- AACA’s assessment does not guarantee a visa outcome or employment
Contact with DIAC
A. As a result of consultations between the Department of Immigration & Citizenship (DIAC) and the AACA, DIAC has confirmed its policy on registration requirements for architects applying for ENS/RSMS visas. The DIAC policy, which is set out below, is effective from 4 August 2011, and has the concurrence of the AACA.
“A person who has been nominated as an architect for an employer sponsored permanent resident visa does not require registration, provided they submit a letter from the nominating employer confirming that:
1. the nominee will not represent themselves as an architect or offer their services to the public as an architect unless they obtain appropriate registration; and
2. the nominating entity employs at least one registered architect (whose name and registration details must be provided).”
The above information provides clarification for persons with overseas qualifications in architecture who wish apply for employer sponsored permanent resident visas.
B. If you live overseas and have academic qualifications in architecture gained outside Australia and you intend to migrate and work as an architect in Australia, or if you are already in Australia but need a skills assessment to support an application to change your immigration status, AACA recommends contact with Australian migration authorities (www.immi.gov.au) – as the skills assessment provided by AACA is only one component of a migration application.