AACA’s Overseas Qualifications Assessment (OQA), conducted in two stages, determines how an individual’s overseas academic qualification(s) compare with a current Australian accredited qualification in architecture.
Skills Assessment – If you have completed an accredited Master of Architecture program from Australia, New Zealand or Hong Kong, you do not need to complete the Overseas Qualifications Assessment, you may obtain a Skills Assessment by applying for a Verification of Australian Qualification. View the list of the accredited architecture qualifications.
AACA only assesses completed architectural qualifications obtained by coursework that would lead to registration as architect in your home country.
Once an applicant’s qualification has been deemed comparable to an Australian qualification they are 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.
Migration Skills Assessment
Applicants may also use the outcome of an AACA assessment to support applications for the purpose of immigration to Australia under the Australian Government Skilled Migration Program for the occupation ‘Architect’, ANZSCO code 232111.
This includes a positive outcome for the Overseas Qualifications Assessment, the Experienced Practitioner Assessment as well as the Verification of an accredited qualification.
Applications are generally finalised within 15 weeks, depending on a submission as per guidelines and the applicant’s availability for the Stage 2 interview.
Current fees (valid until Feb 2022)
- Overseas Qualifications Assessment Stage 1: AUD $1,071
- Overseas Qualifications Assessment Stage 2: AUD $1,224
Please note the current OQA program fees are valid until 28 Feb 2022 only and the new pricing will come into effect from 1 March 2022. Changes to the fees and submissions requirements will only apply to applications for OQAs received on or after 1 March 2022. Further information regarding fees can be found on this page. New submission requirements will be published no later than 1 Feb 2022.
Program fee from March 2022
- Overseas Qualifications Assessment Stage 1 & 2*: AUD $3,000
- Overseas Qualifications Assessment Stage 2 only*: AUD $2,300
*Skilled Migration Assessments from March 2022: New applicants who wish to apply for Overseas Qualifications Assessment must complete Stage 1 and 2 concurrently. This will allow applicants who do not reside in Australia the opportunity to complete the full assessment, further information and an application platform will be available in Feb 2022. Please note returning applicants who have applied for Stage 1 before 1 March 2022 will still be able to apply for Stage 2 without the need to lodge a new concurrent application.
1.6% surcharge applies to all online payments.
There is no time limit for applicants who wish to complete the Architectural Practice Examination after receiving their OQA outcome letter, however, a Skills Assessment letter for immigration purposes is valid for the period of three years from the date of issue.
Renewing your Skills Assessment letter
Skills Assessment letters for migration purposes are valid for the period of three (3) years from the date of issue. If you have received a Skills Assessment letter previously and would like to renew your letter, you can submit a request via this online form. The new letter will be issued electronically by email with a new date. The fee is $260 and it takes approximately 10 working days to complete. 1.6% surcharge applies to all online payments.
The AACA considers applications on a case by case basis. Therefore, we cannot provide advice on a qualification until a full application together with supporting documentation and payment of the fee has been received. See here for information on AACA’s overseas assessment process and links to application forms.
The assessment of overseas qualifications is a two-stage process. Stage 1 – Provisional Assessment is a desk based assessment of academic qualifications obtained by coursework. Once resident in Australia and regardless of the outcome of the Stage 1 assessment applicants can apply for Stage 2. The Final Assessment is a detailed assessment of applicants’ experience gained through academic or professional practice. If unsuccessful in Stage 2, advice is provided on areas of deficiencies and top up studies are recommended as a requirement for the offer of a second interview.
If you are a resident in Australia and you have completed a Provisional Assessment regardless of the outcome you should undertake the Overseas Qualifications Assessment Stage 2 – Final Assessment. In the portfolio required for this assessment you may provide through academic or professional practice.
If you are not a resident in Australia, you may only re-apply if you have completed additional qualifications in studies related to architecture.
Yes, you can apply for Stage 2 when you reside in Australia and hold a valid visa for at least 12 weeks.
Applications must be complete when submitted, with all supporting documents in the required format. See here.
For a Provisional Assessment AACA has no English language requirement. For a Final Assessment a standard English proficiency test is required if the qualification obtained was not undertaken in English. An IELTS Test Certificate (scoring 6.5 or above), or equivalent or a letter from an employer certifying English language proficiency is sufficient evidence.