Experienced Practitioners – fast-track to registration

There are several fast-track pathways to registration for experienced overseas trained practitioners and locally experienced practitioners with Australian accredited architecture qualifications.  

Are you an experienced practitioner holding an Australian accredited degree in architecture?

The Experienced Practitioner Assessment (locally experienced) provides an alternate ‘fast-track’ pathway to registration for locally experienced practitioners with experience at the executive level in complex projects.

Successful completion of this program allows applicants to bypass the Architectural Practice Examination and apply directly for registration as an architect with their state or territory architect registration board. Assessment of applications is conducted via an administrative review for eligibility verification, followed by a panel-based Competency Assessment Interview.

See the Guide for Applicants for all eligibility and submission information.

Whilst the submission requirements and assessment standard is the same nationally, there are different payment methods and submission processes dependent on what state or territory you are in. Ensure you read the Guide for Applicants.

Are you an overseas trained experienced practitioner?

The Experienced Practitioner Assessment (overseas) provides an alternate ‘fast-track’ pathway to registration in Australia for overseas qualified architect practitioners with experience at the executive level in complex projects who are not eligible for registration under existing mutual recognition agreements.

Successful completion of this program allows applicants to bypass the Architectural Practice Examination and apply directly for registration as an architect with their state or territory architect registration board. Assessment of applications is conducted via an administrative review for eligibility verification, followed by a panel-based Competency Assessment Interview.

See the Guide for applicants for all eligibility and submission information. There is also a link to the Application Form and other important documents in the Guide for applicants.

You can read the Briefing Slides for Experienced Overseas Practitioners here.  See here for FAQs. 

The Guides For Applicants and Application Forms for both overseas and locally experienced practitioners can also be found on the AACA Forms and Fees page. Please ensure you read the relevant Guide For Applicants, and if you still have any queries mail them to [email protected].  

Are you an architect registered in the USA wishing to become registered in Australia?

Mutual Recognition Arrangements in place between the architectural licensing authorities of the United States, Australia and New Zealand enables US architects registered in one of the 30 US jurisdictions that have agreed thus far to these arrangements to bypass the Architectural Practice Examination.

USA signatories include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, 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, West Virginia and Wisconsin. More information see here.

Are you an overseas architect listed on an APEC Architect Register that has a bilateral or tri-lateral arrangement with Australia?

The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a cooperative association between 21 regional economies, founded to promote economic and technical cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. An APEC Architect is a person who is registered or licensed an architect in a participating economy, and whose name is enrolled on a section of the APEC Architect Register maintained by that economy.

Australia has a mutual recognition agreement under the APEC Architecture Agreement with Japan, Singapore and Canada. APEC architects from these economies may apply for registration in any state or territory once they have completed the APEC Supplementary Assessment.  .

For more information on APEC see here.

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