Accreditation of Architecture Programs

Program accreditation

The Architecture Program Accreditation Procedure in Australia and New Zealand sets out the peer review process through which all architecture programs in Australia are assessed against the accreditation standard over five years or ten semester equivalence of learning cycle.

The eight state and territory architect registration boards have statutory responsibility for the accreditation of architectural programs of study within their jurisdictions. Programs accredited in one jurisdiction are recognised in any other jurisdiction in Australia and New Zealand. 

For the purposes of accreditation, architecture programs are required to demonstrate that graduates meet 37 of the 70 Performance Criteria in the National Standard of Competency for Architects.  

Assessment for accreditation occurs through the conduct of an Accreditation Review Panel composed of practicing architects and academics, which then makes a recommendation on whether and for how long a program should be accredited. By agreement, architect registration boards are guided by the recommendations of the Accreditation Review Panel, however they are not bound to accept those recommendations. A decision by an architect registration board not to grant accreditation is usually reviewable under the administrative appeals arrangements applying in the respective state or territory.

Accredited architecture qualifications

In Australia, the accredited qualification is normally the Master of Architecture degree. Bachelor-level degrees are not accredited.  In practice, most students first complete the university’s designated pathway qualification at Bachelor level. This qualification is specifically intended to dovetail with the Master of Architecture and to expose students progressively to the required concepts and skills for entry to the Master of Architecture. Universities may also accept students into the Master of Architecture from a variety of prior education experiences.

See here for the list of accredited qualifications.

The Accreditation Procedure only applies to qualifications in Australia and (under licence) in New Zealand. Qualifications from other countries (excepting Hong Kong and Singapore where Australia has Mutual Recognition Agreements in place) are individually assessed under the Overseas Qualifications Assessment process.

The Architecture Program Accreditation Procedure in Australia and New Zealand applies from 1st January 2018. Read Transition Guidance here.



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