National Standard of Competency for Architects

The National Standard of Competency for Architects (NSCA)

The National Standard of Competency for Architects establishes the Standard for architectural education and assessment of professional competency prior to 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.

Mapping of Assessment Programs
The Standard maps the development of competency on the path to registration as an architect in Australia.
NSCA Briefing Document

Accreditation of Architecture Programs
Accredited Architecture Qualifications
Benchmarking Australia with other registration systems (June 2017)
Australian Architectural Education and Competency Framework (AAECF) Final Report (March 2016)
Australia and New Zealand Architecture Program Accreditation Procedure (ANZ APAP) Manual (2013)
ANZ APAP Quick Reference Guidelines for Visiting Panels (2013)
Guidance Timeline for accreditation process
Guidance The Accreditation Standing Panel
Guidance Provider Accreditation Submission
Guidance for providers wishing to establish new programs
Guidance for Annual Reporting
Guidance Administrative support required of the program provider during an Accreditation Review Panel Visit
Guidance Accreditation Management Committee
2018 Accreditation Procedure Draft for Comment_22_09_17
ANZ APAP Review 2015 – 2017
ANZ APAP Review – Final Report (June 2017)
ANZ APAP Review – Stakeholder Consultation Report – Summary of Stakeholder Submissions (May 2017)
ANZ APAP Review – Stakeholder Consultation Pack – Addendum draft Evidence Guidelines for providers and panel members (April 2017)
ANZ APAP Review – Stakeholder Consultation Pack (March 2017)
ANZ APAP Review – Stage 2 Terms of Reference (September 2016)
ANZ APAP Review – Stage 1 – Final Report (June 2016)
ANZ APAP Review – Stage 1 Terms of Reference (Sep 2015)
Architectural Practice Exam
Logbook of Experience in Architectural Practice (NCSA/LB)
The objective of Part 1 – Logbook and Statement of Practical Experience is to determine eligibility for entry to the APE.
Candidates review the Procedure for Candidates Booklet before starting the Logbook.

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Please note: The National Standard of Competency for Architects has been revised. In the transition to implementation of the Standard across all AACA assessment processes candidates for the APE in 2016 may submit the logbook downloaded before 31 October 2015 or the current logbook on our website.

Logbook Guidance An overview of how to complete the Logbook.
Sample National Examination Paper and Answer Sheet   The NEP is a closed book, scenario based examination. The sample paper is posted to demonstrate the structure of the paper and nature of the likely nature of the scenarios.
APE Briefing Document Summary of the relevant components of the National Standard of Competency for Architects (NSCA) to the APE process.
General Publications
Mutual Recognition Arrangement between the US, Australia and New Zealand
Pathways to Registration as an Australian Architect
Industry Profile: The Profession of Architecture in Australia
Galaxy Poll: The Benefit of Design
AACA Research Strategy – Collect Connect Inform
AACA/RAIA Joint Policy On Continuing Professional Development
Architects’ Model Statutory Code of Professional Standards and Conduct
AACA Strategic Plan 2017-2019
AACA Annual Report 2014-15
Regulation of the Architect Profession within Australia – An Overview February 2015
Press Releases
Fast track to registration for experienced overseas architects

Contact Information

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

PO Box A2575

(612) 8042 8930
[email protected]