AACA has adopted a new pathway to registration for some overseas architects, called the Overseas Architect Assessment Program (OAA). See the attachment below for further details. If you think you may be eligible for this pathway, please contact AACA in the first instance.
Other overseas practitioners wishing to register please consult the AACA website. Overseas qualifications must be approved via the AACA process of review (see below) where there is no reciprocity between Australia and other countries, and overseas practitioners must satisfactorily complete the Architectural Practice Examination (APE).
In each State and Territory of Australia it is a legal requirement that any person using the title ‘architect’ or offering services to the public as an architect, must be registered with the Architects’ Board in that jurisdiction.
Within the provisions of the Architects Act 1991 and Architects Regulations 2015, use of the title ‘architect’ or the ‘architectural services’, ‘architectural design’ or ‘architectural design services’ for business purposes in Victoria requires registration with the Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV) and compliance with the provisions of the Act.
The key requirements for registration are:
- Successful completion of a prescribed course of study or approved equivalent
- At least two years of practical experience
- Successful completion of the Architectural Practice Examination (APE)
- Registration by the Architects Registration Board
Architectural companies and partnerships must also be approved separate from individual registration.