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Overseas Architect Assessment Program
Applications are now open for the new Overseas Architect Assessment Program. The program provides a fast-track to registration as an architect in Australia for eligible applicants. For more information see the Application Form here.

APEC Architect Mutual Recognition Agreement
Eligible Australian Architects may apply for mutual recognition of registration as an architect in Canada, Singapore and Japan.

Are you thinking of becoming registered in 2016?

The dates for the APE Part 2 – National Examination Paper (NEP) 2016:

Session 1 – Tuesday, 5 April 2016
Session 2 – Tuesday, 23 August 2016

The Architecture Practice Exam (APE) is a 3 part process. Prior to sitting the exam you need to submit your Logbook with the architects registration Board in your State or Territory. Check the Part 1- Logbook Submission Timetable for your State or Territory architect registration boards’ submission deadline, as this varies in each jurisdiction. Further details on the APE are here.

NEW PROGRAM – Overseas Qualifications Assessment Stage 1 & 2 – Combined Assessment

For applicants resident in Australia who would like to have their overseas architecture qualification assessed. The Stage 2 Final Assessment DOES include advice on how to upgrade your academic qualification(s) to meet the comparability requirements of an Australian accredited academic qualification in Architecture. Intending Applicants are recommended to contact AACA prior to submitting an application.
The purpose of submitting a Combined Assessment Application is to reduce cost and processing time for applicants.
Assessment outcome issued for Combined Stage 1 & 2 Assessments can be used for the purpose of migration to Australia under the Australian Government Skilled Migration Program.

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The National Competency Standard for Architects has been revised. In the transition to implementation of the Standard across all AACA assessment processes candidates for the APE in 2016 may submit the logbook downloaded before 31 October 2015 or the current logbook on our website. More information.

Christmas Closedown

The AACA office will be closed over the holiday period from Wednesday 23rd December 2015 and re-open on Monday 4th January 2016. If there are any enquiries during this time please email [email protected] and you will receive a response shortly after the office resumes. The AACA wishes everyone a happy holiday and best wishes for the new year.

Architecture, Design and Better Cities

Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull has put cities back on the agenda by declaring urban planning a matter of ‘quality of life’. One of Mr Turnbull’s first acts as Prime Minister was to create a new cabinet position of Minister for Cities and the Built Environment. What makes a good city? Why does great architecture matter? Paul Barclay discusses this with art expert and Griffin lecturer Edmond Capon as well as a developer, an architect and an academic. Recorded at the National Press Club Canberra. Broadcast 8pm 16 November 2015, or Listen Here.

The revised National Standard of Competency for Architects is now available in on- line format.

The National Standard of Competency for Architects (NSCA) is the overarching document that establishes the Standard for architectural education and assessment of professional competency prior to registration as an Architect in Australia.
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. It comprises 70 individual Performance Criteria, which are grouped into Elements and Units of Competency and underpinned by 5 Knowledge Domains.

The Standard applies to the accreditation of Australian university programs, Overseas Qualifications Assessment,,
the National Program of Assessment,
the Architectural Practice Examination,
and the Assessment of Overseas Registered Architects.

See here for more information, and go here to create your personalised version of the Standard.

The 2015 edition of the Standard is currently being used in the Overseas Qualification Assessments and the National Program of Recognition. Information about the transition to using the 2015 Standard as the basis for part 1 of the APE will be available by 16 November 2015.

National Recognition of Architects’ Registration

One step closer! The Productivity Commission’s Review into Mutual Recognition Schemes published on 25 September 2015 recommends that State and Territory Governments should make the legislative changes necessary to implement the proposed National Recognition of Architects’ Registration scheme. See here for the full report.

CLOSING DATE for Stage 2 Overseas Qualifications Assessment for 2015

To complete the first session of the Architectural Practice Examination (APE) in 2016 you must finalise your Stage 2 Overseas Qualifications Assessment by Friday 30th October 2015. Application for Stage 2 is open to those who have undertaken an AACA Stage 1 Provisional Assessment. Please note a successful outcome in the Provisional Assessment process is not required to apply for Stage 2. You must be a resident in Australia to apply for Stage 2. Stage 2 requires you to demonstrate that you meet specified Elements of the National Competency Standard for Architects (NCSA) through a Portfolio of projects that can be a: • Student Portfolio OR • Professional Portfolio OR • Combined Student and Professional Portfolio. And a short interview held in your State or Territory. Please take a close look at the Guidance material for the Portfolio and ensure you address the competency elements matrix in format outlined-In order to provide concise portfolio please ensure the portfolio is focused on the competencies. If you are considering sitting the Architectural Practice Exam for registration next year – please refer to the your State or Territory Registration Board websites for times of the exams noting there is an earlier lodgement date for the Logbook. If you have any questions about the program please contact our office on 02 6230 0506.

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Applications now open for 2015 NPRA Stage 1 Eligibility applications for this years NPRA are now open. Please find the 2-Part Application Form on the Forms & Fees page of our website. Have you got an overseas qualification and want to get registered? See our Overseas Qualificaitons Assessment page for more information. New research on the architectural profession in Australia The AACA study provides a detailed benchmarking comparison of requirements in each jurisdiction, viewable through a customisable online matrix on the website. A new profile of the Australian architectural sector is also downloadable as a companion document to the study. Please view findings at:


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