Architectural Practice Examination (APE)

A nationally consistent competency based assessment process.

All candidates seeking registration as an architect in Australia are required to successfully complete the Architectural Practice Examination.

The Architectural Practice Examination has been developed and is maintained by AACA.  It has been adopted by all Australian state and territory architect registration boards as the national examination in architectural practice.


The Architectural Practice Examination is a three-part process, all three parts of which must be completed sequentially.

Once all requirements of the three-part Architectural Practice Examination have been satisfactorily met, candidates can apply to the architects registration board in the state or territory in which they wish to practice.

Architectural Practice Examination Part 1

Logbook and Statement of Practical Experience
Candidates are required to hold an accredited qualification (or equivalent) and must undertake and record a minimum period of practical experience.

Architectural Practice Examination Part 2

National Examination Paper (NEP)

Once the practical experience requirements are satisfied, candidates will sit the National Examination Paper

Architectural Practice Examination Part 3

Examination by Interview

After satisfactory completion the National Examination Paper, candidates will sit the Examination by Interview.



The purpose of the Architectural Practice Examination is to ensure that persons applying to be admitted to the Register of Architects 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 (NSCA) sets out the benchmark standards of competence 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.


Architects registration boards in all Australian states and territories accept the results of the AACA Architectural Practice Examination regardless of the jurisdiction the Examination is undertaken in.

How to Apply

Application forms for the AACA Architectural Practice Examination, setting out details of the submission requirements and the applicable fee, are available at any architect registration board office and from their websites.

Briefing sessions/seminars

Most Australian state and territory architects registration boards offer relevant preparatory briefing sessions for the Architectural Practice Examination.  Attendance at boards’ briefing sessions may benefit Candidates in their preparation for the Architectural Practice Examination, but attendance is voluntary.

Candidates should contact their local state or territory architects registration boards for details of Architectural Practice Examination preparatory programs which may be helpful.


More Information

Contact Information

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

PO Box A2575

(612) 8042 8930
[email protected]