National Standard of Competency for Architects

The National Standard of Competency for Architects (NSCA)

The National Standard of Competency for Architects establishes the Standard for architectural education and assessment of professional competency prior to registration as an Architect in Australia. The Standard identifies the primary activities that are fundamental to the practice of architecture and in relation to which an architect is expected to demonstrate competence in the delivery of professional services.

Mapping of Assessment Programs
The Standard maps the development of competency on the path to registration as an architect in Australia.
Briefing: National Standard of Competency
Accreditation of Architecture Programs

Accredited Architecture Qualifications

List of Accredited Architecture Qualifications for the purpose of registration as an architect.

Architecture Program Accreditation Procedure in Australia and New Zealand – Full document set

This download contains the main procedural document and all supporting guidance documents in a single PDF.


Alternatively, individual procedural documents are available below

Architecture Program Accreditation Procedure

Accreditation Management Committee Terms of Reference

Code of Conduct

Guidance – Operation of the Accreditation Standing Panel

Guidance – Administrative support required of the Program Provider during an Accreditation Site Visit

Guidance – New Programs

Guidance – Planning Timeframes for Accreditation Review Panels

Guidance – Provider Annual Reporting

Guidance – Standard Agenda for the Accreditation Site Visit

Guidance – Provider Accreditation Submission

Guidance – Operation of the Accreditation Review Panel

Guidance – Exhibition of Student Work

Summary of procedural changes and clarifications since commencement January 2018

Accreditation Procedure Clarifications, Sep 2018

Summary of Amendments, May 2018

Transition Guidance for the Architecture Program Accreditation Procedure 2018

The Accreditation Standing Panel

Accreditation Standing Panel   Updated as at July 2019

Nomination Form for the Accreditation Standing Panel

See also the Guidance – Operation of the Accreditation Standing Panel

Accreditation Review Panel report templates

Accreditation Review Panel Report Template

Accreditation Review Panel Report Part 7 PC Not Met Template

Provider Response to the Accreditation Review Panel Report Template

Provider Annual Report template and administrative guidance

Provider Annual Report Template 2019

Administrative Guidance for preparing Provider Annual Reports 2019

Note that the template and guidance will be updated in late 2019, to support Provider Annual Reports due for submission by 15 April 2020

Resources for panelists and providers

Quick Reference Guide for Accreditation Procedure Documents and Resources

Resource – FAQs for the Standing Panel membership regarding Accreditation Review Panel formation and commitment

Resource – Diagram: Key Provider and Panel Activities for an Accreditation Review Panel

Resource – Diagram: Accreditation Review Panel Report and Accreditation Decision

Resource – Diagram: Provider Annual Reporting Requirements

Resource – Quick reference for NSCA Performance Criteria

Resource – How to write an action item

Stakeholder Update Reports:

Stakeholder Update Report, June 2019

Stakeholder Update Report, December 2018

Stakeholder Update Report, June 2018

Stakeholder Update Report, March 2018

Accreditation Fee Schedule

The Fee Schedule is reviewed annually, with an updated schedule published by the end of September each year.

Administrative documents for panelists:

Administrative and Travel Policy for Accreditation Activities

Accreditation Activity Reimbursements Claim Form

Sample invoice for claiming payment of a Sitting Fee

Information for students

This document provides general information and FAQs for students wanting to study architecture and become an architect in Australia.

Arrangements with Stakeholder organisations 

TEQSA and AACA MoU  signed 22 August 2019

Further reference documents and links:

Benchmarking Australia with other registration systems (June 2017) Comparison of Australia’s regulatory framework of registration of architects with New Zealand, the UK, the USA

Australian Architectural Education and Competency Framework Final Report (March 2016)

Architectural Practice Exam
Logbook of Experience in Architectural Practice 
The objective of Part 1 – Logbook and Statement of Practical Experience is to determine eligibility for entry to the Architectural Practice Examination.
Candidates review the Procedure for Candidates Booklet before starting the Logbook.

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Revised NEP – Important Information for Candidates

The AACA has a policy of continuous improvement to all assessment programs.  This information outlines the main changes to the National Examination Paper which will be implemented in April 2018.

April 2019 National Examination Paper Report
Report on the APE National Examination Paper June 2019
AACA Documents
AACA Current Constitution
AACA Fee Schedule
AACA Research Strategy – Collect Connect Inform
AACA Strategic Plan 2017-2019
AACA Annual Reports

AACA Annual Report 2017-18

AACA Annual Report 2016-17

AACA Annual Report 2015-16

AACA Annual Report 2014-15

AACA Research: Architectural Education and the Profession in Australia and New Zealand
Architectural Education and the Profession Study Research Plan
Online Academic Survey Information Sheet
Research Study Summary
Practitioner Survey Plain Language Statement
Architectural Education Study Call for Expressions of Interest
Research and Publications
Online Architecture Education Paper, August 2019
AACA Response to the BMF’s Building Confidence Report Implementation Plan, March 2019
Regulation of the Architect Profession within Australia – A Summary of Australian State and Territory Registration
Industry Profile: The Profession of Architecture in Australia
Galaxy Poll: The Benefit of Design
A History of the Incorporation of the AACA and the National Competency Standards in Architecture. Kirsten Orr, 2015.
International Arrangements
Mutual Recognition Arrangement between the US. Australia and New Zealand




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