Candidates sitting the Architectural Practice Examination in 2018 will benefit from improvements introduced as a result of a review conducted by the AACA in 2017.
The Architectural Practice Examination is the nationally consistent competency based assessment used by the architect registration boards around Australia to determine eligibility for registration as an architect.
AACA commissioned the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), one of the world’s leading education research centres, to conduct the review focussing on Part 2 of the Architectural Practice Examination, the National Examination Paper.
“We want to ensure that the National Examination Paper is in line with best practice assessment of professional knowledge in other professions”, says Kate Doyle, CEO of the AACA. “The architect registration boards drove the review – conscious of the need to assure themselves, the profession and the general public that the primary assessment prior to registration as an architect meets best practice”.
The changes to the National Examination Paper focus on improving both the method of assessment and the exam process. The content tested in the exam remains the same, benchmarked against the National Standard of Competency for Architects, as does the scenario basis of the exam. The exam moves from a paper based format to computer based testing.
“The formatting of questions to allow each answer to attract marks, removal of penalties for incorrect answers, and introduction of feedback showing each candidate how they performed both in relation to the exam cohort as a whole and to each question means improved consistency and transparency”, said Kate Doyle. “Candidates can find out more about the Architectural Practice Exam from our website, or contact their local architect registration board to find out about 2018 submission dates and briefings conducted at the local level.”
Maryland is now a signatory to the USA/New Zealand/Australia Mutual Recognition Agreement. More details here.
From the 1st of December 2017 AACA only accepts online credit card payments, by VISA or Mastercard.
Applicants who paid their application fee through bank transfer or other payment methods before 1st of December 2017 should send us their application form, supporting documentation and proof of payment within 14 days after the payment was made.
To make an online payment please go to the Forms and Fees page.
If you have any queries regarding your payment please contact AACA.
The 2017 Australian and New Zealand Student Architecture Congress runs from Wednesday 29-30 November in Sydney. Follow the discussions #agency2017.
On 9th November, journalist, political commentator and author, George Megalogenis delivered the 2017 Griffin Lecture* at the National PressClub. His lecture made the case for a big Australia without a big Sydney and Melbourne, and explained why decentralisation is our number one policy challenge for the 21st century. Our thanks to Tim Horton, Registrar, NSW Architects Registration Board for his review of the lecture for Foreground which can be read here.
To read a full transcript of the 2017 Griffin Lecture, please click HERE
Photo: Tim Horton, Registrar NSW Architects Registration Board
*The Architects Accreditation Council of Australia has been a supporter of the Griffin Lecture for a number of years. Named in honour of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony, the aim of the lecture is to address big issues in architecture and design; to examine national matters of interest in the built environment. The lecture is delivered by individuals of the time – commentators, politicians and the profession. Previous speakers include Gough Whitlam, John Gorton, architects Roy Grounds and Romaldo Giurgola, Manning Clarke, Lucy Turnbull and Clover Moore.
Dates for the 2018 National Examination Paper have been announced:
Session 1: 17th April 2018
Session 2: 21st August 2018
For further information please contact the Architects Registration Board in your state or territory.
The Draft Architecture Accreditation Procedure in Australia and New Zealand has been distributed for comment. The Procedure is based upon the Final Recommendations of the ANZAP Review Development Group of July 2017.
The Architecture Accreditation Procedure in Australia and New Zealand will come in to effect in 2018.
We invite comments from all stakeholders on the Procedure and the Guidance Notes developed thus far. Reporting Templates and further Guidance Notes will be developed over the coming months in response to feedback.
The Accreditation Procedure in Australia and New Zealand is administered by the AACA on behalf of the Architect Registration Boards. The Australian Institute of Architects, as the key professional association, is a major stakeholder in accreditation and will sit on the Accreditation Management Committee responsible for oversight of the Procedure.
The Accreditation Management Committee will meet for the first time in mid-November 2017.
All programs, regardless of where they are in the accreditation cycle, will move to Annual Reporting in 2018 (due in September each year).
The first Accreditation Review Panels to be held under the revised Accreditation procedure are expected to begin rolling out from September 2018. The Secretariat will work closely with Providers who are due for an Accreditation Review Panel Visit in 2018.
The costs of implementing the procedure over the 5 year cycle will be shared between the AACA (on behalf of the Architect Registration Boards) and the Program providers.
Calls for expression of interest to join the Standing Panels will be issued shortly. A Training package will be developed for Providers and Training panel Members and implemented by 31 May 2018.
To facilitate reporting by the programs we are looking to develop a portal on AACA’s website by 30 June 2018 for providers to:
- access information and guidance
- access reporting templates
- communicate with the Secretariat
- submit annual reports
- submit the Provider Accreditation Statement prior to the 5 yearly Accreditation Review Panel
Please provide any comments to [email protected] by 3 November 2017.
The 2017 National Visiting Panels and Interim Review Panels or equivalent reporting options are being implemented between August and October.
The newly established Accreditation Management Committee will meet for the first time in early September to review the draft manual, guidance and reporting templates prior to the documents being issued for comment in mid-September.
• July-September 2015 AIA – AACA Liaison Group agree the terms of reference, timeframe and membership of the panel for the review of the 2013 ANZAPAP
• June 2016 – Stage 1 Report of the Review of the ANZAPAP released
• September 2016 – terms of reference, timeframe and membership pf the Development Group agreed by the AIA-AACA Liaison Group
• March – April 2017 consultation period for recommendations from the Development Group
• July 2017 – Final Recommendations released
• July 2017 – Secretariat moved to AACA
• August – October 2017 (5) – National Visiting Panels implemented in accordance with 2013 ANZAPAP
• August – October 2017 – (7) – interim review panels or equivalent implemented in accordance with 2013 ANZAPAP
• August – October 2017 working with stakeholders as the manual, guidance and reporting templates are developed
• September 2017 – Accreditation Management Group meets for first time – comprising one member from each of the stakeholder groups:
• Heads of Schools
• Architect Registration Boards
• Deans of the Built Environment
• Draft guidance and accreditation manual available for comment mid-September
• Late November revised accreditation procedure finalised
• January 2018 – revised accreditation procedure takes effect
9 August 2017
The Final Report of the ANZ Architecture Program Accreditation Procedure (ANZ APAP) Review was prepared by the Development Group and released at the end of June.
You can read the Final Report here.
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. In 2015/16 67% of candidates who completed the NPrA Program were successful.
Applications for the National Program of Assessment (NPrA) 2017 close on Friday 2nd June 2017.