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.
Briefing: National Standard of Competency
2020 Review of the National Standard of Competency for Architects
Accreditation of Architecture Programs

Accredited architecture qualifications

List of Accredited Architecture Qualifications for the purpose of registration as an architect.

Annual Reports on accredited architecture programs in Australia

Annual Report on 2018 Accredited Architecture Programs  (inaugural report)

Annual Report on 2019 Accredited Architecture Programs

The Architecture Program Accreditation Procedure in Australia and New Zealand

The Architecture Program Accreditation Procedure in Australia and New Zealand comprises an overarching Procedural document, Terms of Reference for the Accreditation Management Committee, Code of Conduct and nine supporting Guidance documents. The Procedure was last updated in December 2020. The Procedure can be download as a complete 58 page document set, or documents can be accessed individually.  


Architecture Program Accreditation Procedure in Australia and New Zealand – Full document set


Individual procedural documents are available below:

Architecture Program Accreditation Procedure

Accreditation Management Committee Terms of Reference

Code of Conduct

Guidance – Operation of the Accreditation Standing Panel

Guidance – Administrative support required of the Program Provider during an Accreditation Site Visit

Guidance – Planning Timeframes for Accreditation Review Panels

Guidance – Provider Annual Reporting

Guidance – Standard Agenda for the Accreditation Site Visit

Guidance – Provider Accreditation Submission

Guidance – Operation of the Accreditation Review Panel

Guidance – Exhibition of Student Work

Guidance – Evidence that the Standard has been met

Summary of procedural amendments since January 2018

New!  Summary of Procedural Amendments, December 2020

Summary of Procedural Amendments, December 2019

Summary of Procedural Amendments, May 2018

The Accreditation Standing Panel

Accreditation Standing Panel Membership Listing   Updated as at July 2021

Nomination Form for the Accreditation Standing Panel

See also Guidance – Operation of the Accreditation Standing Panel

Accreditation Review Panel Report templates

Accreditation Review Panel Report Template

Accreditation Review Panel Report Part 7 PC Not Met Template

Provider Response to the Accreditation Review Panel Report Template

Provider Annual Report template

2022 Provider Annual Reports are due for submission by 15th April 2022     

The 2022 Provider Annual Report template will be published here and distributed to Providers by end of January 2022.  

See also Guidance – Provider Annual Reporting

Resources for panelists and providers

Quick Reference Guide for Accreditation Procedure Documents and Resources

Resource – Provider Q&A and Accreditation references

Resource – FAQs for the Standing Panel membership regarding Accreditation Review Panel formation and commitment

Resource – FAQs for the Standing panel re conflict of interest declarations

Resource – Diagram: Key Provider and Panel Activities for an Accreditation Review Panel

Resource – Diagram: Accreditation Review Panel Report and Accreditation Decision

Resource – Diagram: Provider Annual Reporting Requirements

Resource – Quick reference for NSCA Performance Criteria

Resource – NSCA Performance Criteria matrix – Accreditation requirements

Resource – NSCA Performance Criteria matrix – Accreditation and APE requirements (Note the six Performance Criteria that are not tested again in the APE)

Resource – How to write an action item

Stakeholder Update Reports

Stakeholder Update Report, July 2021

Stakeholder Update Report, January 2021

Stakeholder Update Report, June 2020

Stakeholder Update Report, January 2020

Stakeholder Update Report, June 2019

Stakeholder Update Report, December 2018

Stakeholder Update Report, June 2018

Stakeholder Update Report, March 2018

Accreditation fee schedule

Current fee schedule: Accreditation Fee Schedule  for FY2021-22

Earlier Fee Schedules: 

Accreditation Fee Schedule FY2020-21

Accreditation Fee Schedule FY2019-20

Accreditation Fee Schedule FY2018-19

Administrative documents for panelists

Administrative and Travel Policy for Accreditation Activities

Accreditation Activity Reimbursements Claim Form (will download as a Word document)

Sample invoice for claiming payment of a Sitting Fee (will download as a Word document)

Information for students

This document Information for students provides general information and FAQs for students wanting to study architecture and become an architect in Australia.

Arrangements with Stakeholder organisations 

TEQSA and AACA MoU  signed 22 August 2019

Further reference documents

Transition Guidance for the Architecture Program Accreditation Procedure 2018

Australian Architectural Education and Competency Framework Final Report (March 2016)

Withdrawn documents

Accreditation Procedure Clarifications, September 2018 and April 2019 (withdrawn December 2019)

Guidance: New Programs (withdrawn December 2019)

Architectural Practice Exam
Logbook of Experience in Architectural Practice 
The objective of Part 1 – Logbook and Statement of Practical Experience is to determine eligibility for entry to the Architectural Practice Examination.
Candidates review the Procedure for Candidates Booklet before starting the Logbook.

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Revised NEP – Important Information for Candidates

The AACA has a policy of continuous improvement to all assessment programs.  This information outlines the main changes to the National Examination Paper which will be implemented in April 2018.

April 2019 National Examination Paper Report

Report on the APE National Examination Paper June 2019

April 2021 National Examination Paper Report

Report on the APE National Examination Paper April 2021

August 2021 National Examination Paper Report

Report on the APE National Examination Paper August 2021

AACA Documents
AACA Current Constitution
AACA Fee Schedule
AACA Research Strategy – Collect Connect Inform
AACA Strategic Plan 2020-2025
AACA Annual Reports

AACA Annual Report 2019-20

AACA Annual Report 2018-19

AACA Annual Report 2017-18

AACA Annual Report 2016-17

AACA Annual Report 2015-16

AACA Annual Report 2014-15

AACA Research: Architectural Education and the Profession in Australia and New Zealand
Architectural Education and the Profession 
Research and Publications
Online Architecture Education Paper, August 2019
AACA Response to the BMF’s Building Confidence Report Implementation Plan, March 2019
Regulation of the Architect Profession within Australia – A Summary of Australian State and Territory Registration
Industry Profile: The Profession of Architecture in Australia
Galaxy Poll: The Benefit of Design
A History of the Incorporation of the AACA and the National Competency Standards in Architecture. Kirsten Orr, 2015.
International Arrangements
Mutual Recognition Arrangement between the US. Australia and New Zealand
National CPD Framework for Architects

National CPD/CPE Framework for Architects in Australia 

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