National Program of Assessment (NPrA)

Competency based pathway to the Architectural Practice Examination


Applications for NPrA 2017 will open on 3rd February 2017 and close on Friday 26 May 2017
Please see the Forms & Fees page for the Application Form and Work Experience Spreadsheet.

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

Taking the form of a complex architectural project, successful completion of the NPrA is recognised by all Australian registration authorities as a pathway to the Architectural Practice Examination (APE). Candidates must successfully undertake the APE before applying to a State or Territory registration board to become registered as an architect.

The NPrA process is primarily a design exercise that tests Candidates’ competency in architecture on the basis of their acquired knowledge and experience. Essential to that is the Candidates’ abilities to make assumptions, exercise judgement, and make decisions.

The NPrA comprises of two-stages:

Stage 1 – Eligibility

Prospective Candidates are encouraged to self-assess their ability to adequately address the required Performance Criteria from the National Standard of Competency for Architects (NSCA) applicable to the NPrA. Candidates must satisfy academic, English language, work experience and residency requirements as prescribed in the NPrA application form. Candidates who are successful in Stage 1, will be invited to participate in Stage 2.

See the NPrA 2017 Stage 1 Eligibility Application Form here.

Stage 2 – Response to the Design Brief

NPrA Candidates must respond to the Project Brief, by addressing particular Performance Criteria in the context of the NSCA; their responses (Submissions) being in 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, following its distribution.


Information Video

Intending applicants can watch the NPrA video for more detailed about information about the program. Please note, mentors are no longer used in the program.

Contact Information

Architects Accreditation Council of Australia
Suite 3, Level 5
75 Castlereagh Street

PO Box A2575

(612) 8042 8930
[email protected]