Architect registration

Registering as an architect in the ACT will allow you to advertise your services legally and to call yourself an architect. You must register under the Architects Act 2004 and meet all the eligibility requirements.

Eligibility

Applications for architect registration require review by the ACT Architects Board.

To be considered for registration you will need:

Interstate licence holders

You may be able to apply for an ACT registration if you’re already registered in another state or territory. Find out more about mutual recognition.

Architectural practice examination

In addition to holding a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture, you must successfully complete the architectural practice examination (APE). The APE is a three-part process consisting of:

  1. a log book
  2. a written examination paper
  3. an examination by interview

Apply for the APE with:

APE submissions will only be accepted via email to cwpl@act.gov.au.

Find out more about pathways to registration for architects.

Architectural practice examination timetable 2020

ACTION

DAY

DATE

TIME

LOCATION

APE Part 1
Close of applications for APE (Logbook) for new applicants and repeat applicants for Part 2

Thursday

20 February 2020

by 4:30pm

Via email to cwpl@act.gov.au

APE Part 2
National Examination Paper (NEP)

Tuesday

21 April 2020

10:50am – 12:00pm

Level 2, 10 Moore Street, Civic ACT 2601

APE Part 1
Resubmission of logbooks for repeat candidates for Part 3

Friday

1 May 2020

By 4:30 pm

Via email to cwpl@act.gov.au

APE Part 3
Examination by Interview

Friday

15 May 2020

9:00am – 12:00pm

Level 5, Cosmopolitan Building, 21 Bowes Place, Phillip ACT

Briefing of Candidates

Friday

12 June 2020

12:00pm- 1:00pm

Level 5, Cosmopolitan Building, 21 Bowes Place, Phillip ACT

APE Part 1
Close of applications for APE (Logbook) for new applicants and repeat applicants for Part 2

Tuesday

16 June 2020

by 4:30pm

Via email to cwpl@act.gov.au

APE Part 2
National Examination Paper (NEP)

Tuesday

18 August 2020

10:50am – 12:00pm

Level 2, 10 Moore Street, Civic ACT 2601

APE Part 1
Re-submission of logbooks for repeat candidates for Part 3

Friday

4 September 2020

By 4:30 pm

Via email to cwpl@act.gov.au

APE Part 3
Examination by Interview

Friday

18 September 2020

9:00am – 12:00pm

Level 5, Cosmopolitan Building, 21 Bowes Place, Phillip ACT

Start your application

To start your architect registration application, collect your evidence and review the fees. Then complete and lodge:

You can also apply for:

Note, you can start an online application and save it to return to later. Your application won’t be submitted until the documents are lodged and fee paid.

If an application is incomplete, or a delegate requires more information, the assessment of an application can take considerably longer. Requests for more information will be sent to an applicant by email in the first instance.

Timeframe

Assessment timeframes will depend on the availability of scheduled ACT Architects Board meetings. Assessments of applications will not be fast tracked in any circumstances. Consider the timeframe when planning to undertake work requiring a registration in the ACT.

Your responsibilities

If granted architect registration, you are responsible for the administration and requirements of that registration. This includes:

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