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
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.
Reference Guide for APE Candidates (NCSA REF/G)  This booklet provides reference information for intending APE Candidates.
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.
APE Quality Assurance Protocols Quality Assurance processes are in place for all aspects of the APE to ensure nationally consistent application of examination procedures.
General Publications
ANZAPAP Review_Stage1_Final Report_201516
Accredited Australian Architecture Qualifications
Industry Profile: The Profession of Architecture in Australia
Galaxy Poll: The Benefit of Design
AACA Research Strategy – Collect Connect Inform
Role of Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA)
AACA/RAIA Joint Policy On Continuing Professional Development
Architects’ Model Statutory Code of Professional Standards and Conduct
Australian and New Zealand Architecture Program Accreditation Procedure 
AACA Strategic Plan 2013-2016
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