Stage 1 Provisional Assessment

OQA Stage 1, the Provisional Assessment, is a desk based assessment of academic qualifications in architecture. Applicants must have completed an architectural program awarded by an institution outside of Australia, and may reside in Australia or overseas. Professional experience is not assessed and evidence of work will not be taken into account.

OQA Stage 1 is the only option that AACA offers for applicants who currently reside overseas. A successful outcome can provide a Skills Assessment letter for immigration purposes. Applicants based in Australia can apply for Stage 1 and 2 concurrently. If you wish to do so please email us and let us know before submitting your application.

Please note that both stages have to be completed to be eligible for the Architectural Practice Examination with the registration boards. Please read the relevant Guide for Applicants for more detailed information.

Key Documents


Applicants must have completed an academic qualification in architecture, awarded by an institution outside of Australia, that would lead to registration as architect overseas. Multiple qualifications, that are relevant to architecture, can be included in the online application form.

Applicants may reside in Australia or overseas, however, those residing in Australia are encouraged to apply for Stage 1 and 2 concurrently. 

Qualifications must be completed by coursework of a minimum duration of 10 semesters (5 year full-time equivalent). AACA does not assess qualifications obtained by research.

Please note that compulsory periods of practical experience do not contribute to the minimum period of study.

Assessment Criteria

  • Education system of the country in which the qualification(s) were obtained
  • Status of the awarding institution
  • Academic duration of the qualification(s)
  • Structure of the coursework program
  • Content of the individual units of study
  • Grading system
  • Design Studies and Design Integration
  • Documentation and Technical Studies
  • History and Theory Studies
  • Practice and Project Management, Implementation and User Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Communication Studies

Submission Checklist

  • Scanned original of certificate(s)
  • Scanned original of academic transcripts
  • Course syllabus (if available in English)
  • Cover letter
  • Self-Assessment-Matrix.
  • Applicant’s Declaration Form
  • Payment of fee
  • Evidence of registration as an architect (if applicable)
  • Evidence of change of name (if applicable)
  • English translations (if applicable)
  • Authorsing letter for agent (if applicable)
  • three documents for identification (two photo IDs), for example, a scan of your passport, ID card, Driver license, social security card, VEVO notification, IELTS web portal access

Application Process

Applications are generally finalised within 12 weeks. The outcome letter is issued after the desk-top assessment has been completed by two assessors.

Results & Appeals


Successful applicants are provided with an outcome letter that meets the requirements of a Skills Assessment for immigration purposes. Successful applicants are encouraged to proceed to Stage 2 of the Overseas Qualifications Assessment once they reside in Australia.


Unsuccessful applicants receive a letter indicating the unsuccessful outcome. For Stage 1, the AACA 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.

Unsuccessful applicants who reside in Australia can apply for Stage 2 of the OQA assessment. Applicants who achieve a successful outcome for Stage 2 receive an overall successful outcome (irrelevant of their Stage 1 result) and are eligible to undertake the Architectural Practice Examination.


Applicants who 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.  Please review the Guide for Applicants about an appeal process and make a payment before you lodge an appeal.

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