ANZAPAP Review – Stakeholder Consultation during March and April

A review of the Australian and New Zealand Architecture Program Accreditation Procedure (ANZAPAP) was initiated in mid 2015 by the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA).

An initial round of stakeholder consultations was conducted in early 2016 and the Stage 1 Final Report was completed in June 2016. The ANZAPAP Development Group began work in September 2016 on the development of the Stage 1 Final Recommendations.

A further round of Stakeholder Consultation is now underway. The Stakeholder Consultation Pack can be accessed from this link.

Stakeholder feedback must be submitted in writing to [email protected] by no later than 30th April 2017.

An additional draft document providing Evidence Guidelines for providers and panel members has been released on 3 April as an Addendum.  Please access the document via this link.

US/Australia/New Zealand MRA now in force

Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRA) between the architectural licensing authorities of the United States, Australia, and New Zealand enables Australian architects to gain registration in 29 US jurisdictions that have agreed thus far to these arrangements.

Alabama Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

 Australian Architects wishing to be licensed in the US

Eligibility:

  • citizenship or lawful permanent residence in Australia
  • current registration in a state or territory in Australia
  • 6,000 (approximately 3 years of post-registration experience in Australia)
  • registration as an architect in Australia that was not obtained through any other foreign mutual recognition arrangement

See here for the application form before applying for an NCARB certificate.

US Architects wishing to be registered (licensed) in Australia

Eligibility:

  • citizenship or lawful permanent residence in the US
  • an active NCARB certificate
  • a license to practice from a US jurisdiction that has signed the arrangement
  • 6,000 (approximately 3 years of post-licensure experience in the US)
  • licensure in the US not gained through foreign reciprocity

In the first instance, architects licensed in the US wishing to apply for registration as an architect in Australia should contact NCARB. 

See here for the application form.

Pathways to Registration as an Architect in Australia

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.

Find your Pathway to Registration

Graduate of Australian Accredited Architecture QualificationGraduate of Overseas Architecture QualificationNo Qualification Industry Experience
(7 years’ experience)
 Registered APEC Architect from economy with mutual recognition agreement with Australia
(Japan, Singapore or Canada)
Experienced Overseas Practitioner
(7+ years’ professional experience, executive level experience in complex projects, and overseas architectural qualification/s)
Locally Experienced Practitioner
(7+ years’ professional experience, executive level experience in complex projects, and accredited Australian architectural qualification/s)
Complete a recognised qualificationOverseas Qualifications Assessment (OQA) ProgramNational Program of Assessment (NPrA) Or Built Work Program of Assessment (BWPrA) (via the NSW ARB, authorship complex buildings) Certification as APEC Architect in home economy with mutual recognition agreement with AustraliaExperienced Practitioner Assessment (EPA – Overseas) ProgramExperienced Practitioner Assessment (EPA – Local) Program
Architectural Practice Examination Competency Assessment Interview
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Application to State or Territory Architects Registration Board

Or download Pathways to Registration here.

Excellent results in the 2015/16 National Program of Assessment (NPrA) Results

67% of candidates who completed the NPrA Program for 2015/16 were successful. The NPrA is a competency based assessment for practitioners who have substantial skills and experience in the architectural profession, but do not have a recognised qualification. Successful completion of the NPrA provides entry to the Architectural Practice Examination.

Submissions are accepted from candidates with qualifications ranging from undergraduate degrees in architecture; undergraduate degrees in design; technical experience in building design, drafting and technology. All candidates must have relevant  industry experience over the last seven years.

The NPrA Assessors and Management Panel commended the standard of submissions received from applicants and looks forward to the continued success of candidates who utilise this pathway to registration as an architect in Australia.

Applications for the National Program of Assessment (NPrA) 2017 open on 3rd February 2017 and close on Friday 26 May 2017.

Excellent results in the 2015/16 National Program of Assessment (NPrA) Results

67% of candidates who completed the NPrA Program for 2015/16 were successful. The NPrA is a competency based assessment for practitioners who have substantial skills and experience in the architectural profession, but do not have a recognised qualification. Successful completion of the NPrA provides entry to the Architectural Practice Examination.

Submissions are accepted from candidates with qualifications ranging from undergraduate degrees in architecture; undergraduate degrees in design; technical experience in building design, drafting and technology. All candidates must have relevant  industry experience over the last seven years.

The NPrA Assessors and Management Panel commended the standard of submissions received from applicants and looks forward to the continued success of candidates who utilise this pathway to registration as an architect in Australia.

Applications for the National Program of Assessment (NPrA) 2017 open on 3rd February 2017 and close on Friday 26 May 2017.

Update on the ANZ Architecture Program Accreditation Procedure (ANZAPAP) Review

Please select this link to read the current 1 page update, correct as at September 2016.

Please select the report title to access the ANZAPAP Review Stage 1 Final Report that has been approved for release by the owners of the ANZAPAP. 

This update is provided on behalf of the Australian Institute of Architects and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia, owners of the ANZAPAP.

AACA – New location, New Look

In August 2016, the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) moved its head office from Canberra to Sydney. The move is part of a renewal process that started in 2014 with the appointment of Kate Doyle as CEO. Prior to her appointment, Doyle was Registrar (from 2004-2014) of the NSW Architects Registration Board.

AACA is a key accreditation body for architects practicing in Australia. Its relocation to Sydney makes the AACA more accessible to a wider community of collaborators and clients – architects, heads of school, overseas applicants and the public.

Its new streamlined Castlereagh Street offices designed by HASSELL (under principal, Philip Harper) include a mix of private work areas and open spaces, reflecting both current workplace design trends and the AACA’s more inclusive approach.

Retiring AACA President Richard Thorp has championed the organisation’s change and relocation. “Acting on advice that Sydney was the right place to be based, our design brief for the new premises was that they provide not only well designed office spaces, but also a space suitable for hosting seminars and events for the profession,” said Thorp.

AACA MEDIA RELEASE-2016

 

Contact

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

+61 (2) 8042 8930
[email protected]
Located on Gadigal Country, the AACA acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

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