Registration as an Architect

The National Standard of Competency for Architects (NSCA) underpins all programs that lead 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.


Architects in Australia
In each state and territory of Australia it is a legal requirement that any person using the title ‘architect’ or offering services to the public as an architect, must be registered with the Architects’ Board in that jurisdiction. Each State and Territory of Australia has its own architects registration board and publishes a register of architects.


Steps to Registration
Generally, there are three steps required for registration as an architect in Australia:
     • Successfully complete an accredited qualification in architecture or equivalent;
     • Complete a period of relevant professional experience followed by successful completion of the Architectural Practice Examination (APE);
     • Apply for registration to the Architects’ Board in the State or Territory in which the applicant wishes to practice.

Experienced overseas architects may be eligible for a fast-track to registration.

Find Your Pathway to Registration

  • Do you have an Australian recognised degree?
  • No Qualification — I want my industry experience assessed for equivalence to Australian qualifications
  • I’m seeking recognition of my overseas qualification to become registered in Australia

Or see all Pathways here.

Contact Information

Architects Accreditation Council of Australia
Suite 3, Level 5
75 Castlereagh Street
SYDNEY NSW 2000

PO Box A2575
SYDNEY SOUTH NSW 1235

(612) 8042 8930
mail@aaca.org.au