Overseas Qualifications Assessment
AACA’s Overseas Qualifications Assessment Process, conducted in 2 stages, determines how individual overseas academic qualifications compare with a current Australian accredited qualification in architecture.
Once an applicant’s qualification has been deemed comparable to an Australian qualification he or she is eligible to undertake the Architectural Practice Examination, successful completion of which is required before applying for registration as an architect with a state or territory architect registration board.
Applicants may also use the outcome of the AACA’s assessment of their qualification to support applications for the purpose of migration to Australia under the Australian Government Skilled Migration Program, for the occupation ‘Architect’, ANZSCO code 232111.
AACA only assesses completed architectural qualifications obtained by coursework.
Stage 1 – Provisional Assessment
- Applicants must have completed an architectural qualification awarded by institutions outside of Australia, and may reside in Australia or overseas.
Stage 2 – Portfolio submission and interview
- Applicants must have completed Stage 1 (irrelevant of the outcome), be resident in Australia and hold a visa that includes work rights.
Combined Stage 1 and Stage 2 (completed concurrently)
- Applicants must have completed an architectural qualification awarded by institutions outside of Australia, be resident in Australia and hold a visa that includes work rights.
Overseas Qualifications Assessment Stage 1
For Overseas Applicants
(Migration Skills Assessment)
A desk-based assessment of overseas qualifications in architecture.
Overseas Qualifications Assessment Stage 2
Once Resident in Australia
Assessment by portfolio submission and interview. May include academic and professional projects in the portfolio.
Overseas Qualifications Assessment Stage 1 & 2
Streamlined process for applicants resident in Australia.