AACA’s Overseas Qualifications Assessment (OQA), conducted in two stages, determines how an individual’s overseas academic qualification(s) compare with a current Australian accredited qualification in architecture.

Skills Assessment – If you have completed an accredited Master of Architecture program from Australia, New Zealand or Hong Kong, you do not need to complete the Overseas Qualifications Assessment, you may obtain a Skills Assessment by applying for a Verification of Australian Qualification. View the list of the accredited architecture qualifications

AACA only assesses completed architectural qualifications obtained by coursework that would lead to registration as architect in your home country. 

Purpose

Architect Registration

Once an applicant’s qualification has been deemed comparable to an Australian qualification they are eligible to undertake the Architectural Practice Examination, successful completion of which is required before applying for registration as an architect with a state or territory architect registration board.

Alternative pathways to registration include the National Program of Assessment and the Experienced Practitioner Assessment (if eligible) – or via existing Mutual Recognition agreements.

 

Migration Skills Assessment

Applicants may also use the outcome of an AACA assessment to support applications for the purpose of immigration to Australia under the Australian Government Skilled Migration Program for the occupation ‘Architect’, ANZSCO code 232111.

This includes a positive outcome for the Overseas Qualifications Assessment, the Experienced Practitioner Assessment as well as the Verification of an accredited qualification.

Timeframe

Applications are generally finalised within 12 weeks, depending on a submission as per guidelines and the applicant’s availability for the Stage 2 interview.

Expiry Date

There is no time limit for applicants who wish to complete the Architectural Practice Examination after receiving their OQA outcome letter, however, a Skills Assessment letter for immigration purposes is valid for the period of three years from the date of issue.

Application Fees

      • Overseas Qualifications Assessment Stage 1: AUD $1,071
      • Overseas Qualifications Assessment Stage 2: AUD $1,224

    1.6% surcharge applies to all online payments.

FAQs

The AACA considers applications on a case by case basis. Therefore, we cannot provide advice on a qualification until a full application together with supporting documentation and payment of the fee has been received. See here for information on AACA’s overseas assessment process and links to application forms.

The assessment of overseas qualifications is a two-stage process. Stage 1 – Provisional Assessment is a desk based assessment of academic qualifications obtained by coursework. Once resident in Australia and regardless of the outcome of the Stage 1 assessment applicants can apply for Stage 2. The Final Assessment is a detailed assessment of applicants’ experience gained through academic or professional practice. If unsuccessful in Stage 2, advice is provided on areas of deficiencies and top up studies are recommended as a requirement for the offer of a second interview. 

If you are a resident in Australia and you have completed a Provisional Assessment regardless of the outcome you should undertake the Overseas Qualifications Assessment Stage 2 – Final Assessment. In the portfolio required for this assessment you may provide through academic or professional practice.

If you are not a resident in Australia, you may only re-apply if you have completed additional qualifications in studies related to architecture.

Yes, you can apply for Stage 2 when you reside in Australia and hold a valid visa for at least 12 weeks.

For a Provisional Assessment AACA has no English language requirement. For a Final Assessment a standard English proficiency test is required if the qualification obtained was not undertaken in English. An IELTS Test Certificate (scoring 6.5 or above), or equivalent or a letter from an employer certifying English language proficiency is sufficient evidence.

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