National Competency Standards in Architecture (click here for information on current review of NCSA)
|National Competency Standards in Architecture|
This booklet lists all the Competency Standards required for registration as an architect in Australia and New Zealand. That is, the ability required to perform the activities within the profession of architecture to the standard expected in practice.
Please note: The National Competency Standards in Architecture (NCSA) were reviewed in 2008. As a result the layout in the NCSA booklet has been rearranged for legibility and clarity, and to emphasise the inter-relationships between the Performance Criteria (PC) with their relevant Context and Element. In the main the PCs remain unchanged; some, however, have been split into discreet topics where multiple measures with a single PC may have been implied in previous editions. This has resulted in the total number of PCs increasing from 142 to 149.
The other documents in the NCSA suite (i.e. Guide for Candidates, Reference Guide for APE Candidates, and the Log Book of Experience in Architectural Practice) have also been updated. Please Note: Candidates who already have a Log Book are not required to complete the new edition.
|NCSA Integrated Framework
This document identifies how the ‘Contexts’ and ‘Elements’ of the NCSA are integrated into the various AACA processes and documents.
|Guide for Candidates (NCSA GC)This booklet provides details on all the processes toward registration through Competency Based Assessment including the Review of Academic Equivalence (RAE), the National Program of Assessment (NPrA) and the Architectural Practice Examination (APE).|
|Log Book of Experience in Architectural Practice (NCSA/LB)
The purpose of the Log Book is to record in condensed, but nevertheless specific form, the Candidate’s fulfilment of the mandatory experience requirements for access to the APE. The information contained in the Log Book, and the manner in which it is presented and certified play important roles in the assessment of a Candidate’s eligibility for admission to the Examination and will be used as a source of information concerning the practical experience of the Candidate.An electronic version of the Log Book is now available, and is in two sections as indicated below.Candidates should carefully read the first section prior to downloading and completing the second section. When opening the Log Sheets (using the link below) please ensure your computer’s macros are enabled. MAC users: If the ‘drop down’ tabs are not displaying when you select a field, go to ‘page layout’ from ‘view’ on the tool bar.
Please note:On 21 July 2011 the 80 page Logbook was updated. If you have been using a version of the Logbook published prior to that date click here for information about how it may affect you. No action is required if your completed logbook will require 40 pages or less.
|Reference Guide for APE Candidates (NCSA REF/G) This booklet provides reference information for intending APE Candidates.|
|Sample National Examination Paper
Note: The APE is not an educative process. The sample paper is posted to illustrate the structure of the paper and nature of the questions likely to be encountered in the APE. The issues frequently concern matters of current practice which can develop with the effluxion of time. Candidates are cautioned to ensure that the answers remain relevant to contemporary practice before relying on particular answers.
| APE Briefing Presentation
AACA has prepared a short presentation, which summarises key elements of the APE Process, for those who are unable to attend Registration Board briefing sessions.