The National Examination Paper in 2021

Both sessions of the 2021 National Examination Paper will be delivered via a remote proctored platform.

The AACA and the Architect Registration Boards agree that this format for the NEP will facilitate national consistency of application of the NEP in 2021 given the ongoing COVID 19 situation. 

See here for more information on online remote proctoring and here for the answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions.  

Most candidates seeking registration as an architect in Australia are required to complete the Architectural Practice Examination unless they are eligible to achieve registration via another pathway.

The purpose of the Architectural Practice Examination is to ensure that persons applying to be admitted to a Register of Architects in any state or territory in Australia have an adequate knowledge and understanding of the practice of architecture in Australia and a capacity to exercise professional skill.

The AACA National Standard of Competency for Architects sets out the benchmark competency against which an applicant for registration as an architect in Australia is measured.  The Standard describes what is reasonably expected of a person who can demonstrate the standard of skill, care and diligence widely accepted in Australia as a competent professional architectural practitioner.

The Architectural Practice Examination has been adopted by all Australian state and territory architect registration boards as the national examination in architectural practice used to determine eligibility for registration as an architect.  Candidates apply to sit the exam through the architect registration board in the state or territory where they live. The results of the Architectural Practice Examination are accepted by all boards regardless of which state or territory the candidates sat the examination.

The Architectural Practice Examination is conducted twice each year. It comprises three parts. Once all requirements of the three-part Architectural Practice Examination have been satisfactorily met, candidates can apply to the architect registration board in the state or territory in which they wish to practice.

Most Australian state and territory architect registration boards offer preparatory briefing sessions for candidates.

Application forms for the Architectural Practice Examination, and details of briefing sessions are available from each architect registration board.

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