Competency based pathway to the Architectural Practice Examination

The National program of Assessment is a competency based assessment for those who have substantial skills and experience in the architectural profession, but do not have a recognised architectural qualification.

Taking the form of a complex architectural project, successful completion of the National Program of Assessment is recognised by all Australian registration authorities as an alternate entry to the Architectural Practice Examination, successful completion of which is necessary before applying to a State or Territory registration board to become registered as an architect.

The National Program of Assessment is a design exercise that tests candidates’ competency in architecture on the basis of their acquired knowledge and experience. The focus of the design exercise is to design a complex building in response to a hypothetical design brief.


The National Program of Assessment – a two stage process

Stage 1 – Eligibility

Candidates must satisfy academic, English language, work experience and residency requirements. Candidates who are successful in Stage 1, will be invited to participate in Stage 2.

Please read the Guide for Applicants before you complete and submit the application form.

Click here for the 2021 timetable.

Download the National Program of Assessment Stage 1 Eligibility Application Form here and the Work Experience Spreadsheet here.

Stage 2 – Response to the Design Brief

Candidates must respond to the Project Brief by addressing particular Performance Criteria in the context of the National Standard of Competency for Architects.

Submissions take the form of a report and companion drawings. Candidates work alone in responding to the Project Brief and are given one opportunity to ask questions of the Assessors on the Project Brief.

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