Overseas Qualifications Assessment Stage 1
Stage 1 is the Provisional Assessment of academic qualifications in architecture and is a desk based assessment
The AACA considers applications on a case-by-case basis. AACA only assesses completed architectural qualifications obtained by coursework and does not consider work experience or third party comments.
In forming its opinion on the status of an academic qualification, AACA reviews the documentation submitted by the applicant against the following criteria:
- Education system in the country in which the qualification(s) was obtained compared to the Australian education system
- Status of the awarding institution compared to an Australian university offering an accredited architecture program
- Academic duration of the qualification(s) compared to an Australian accredited academic qualification in architecture
- Structure of the coursework program compared to an Australian accredited academic qualification in architecture, including the weighting given to individual units and core subject areas (eg. by credit points and/or contact hours)
- Content of the individual units of study compared to an Australian accredited academic qualification in architecture
- Grading system used to assess student progress through the course compared to an Australian accredited academic qualification in architecture.
A Stage 1 Provisional Assessment does NOT provide advice on how to upgrade your academic qualification(s) to meet the comparability requirements of an Australian accredited academic qualification in architecture.
To complete the Overseas Qualification Assessment prior to applying for entry to the Architectural Practice Examination applicants must proceed to Stage 2 Final Assessment when resident in Australia.
Detailed guidance and links to the application form can be found in GUIDE FOR APPLICANTS.
Applicants that receive an unsuccessful outcome for the Stage 1 may appeal the decision. Appeals must be lodged within 3 months of the date of notification of the result of the Skills Assessment. You can review the Guide for Applicants for an Appeal here.