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  1. Do I have to do the APE?

The Architectural Practice Examination (APE) is one pathway to registration. It is the most common pathway for recent graduates. If you think you may be eligible for a different pathway for registration you can email us at or see the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) website for further information on pathways to registration.

 Do all states and territories hold the APE at the same time?

 The APE is held at similar times across the different states and territories, but you must check with the individual Boards. Only part 2: National Examination Paper (NEP) is on the same day nationally.

  1. Can candidates’ complete parts in different states?  

Part 1 and 2 of the APE must be completed in the same state. Candidates may apply in any jurisdiction for both part 1 and 2. Part 3 can be completed in a different state.

  1. Are you required to complete the APE parts in order? 

The APE parts must be completed in sequential order.

  1. When do logbook submissions open?

There are two APE rounds each year, submissions are open for 2 weeks each round. Please see our website for 2019 APE dates.

  1. Do I need to reapply if I have already completed part 1 or part 2?

Candidates resubmitting for Part 2 or Part 3 of the APE must submit their part 1 documents during the submission dates. The part 1 documents should be updated to reflect any additional experience and/or projects since completing Part 1, this includes a new statutory declaration.

  1. Where do I find the logbook for the part 1 documents?

The logbook can be found on the AACA website for the APE under ‘more information’. The AACA also have a helpful ‘how to logbook’ guide available.

  1. What do I do if I have lost my degree?

ARBV will accept copies of the degree, including photos. If you are still not able to provide a copy you may submit a transcript with a letter from your university confirming the completion of your qualifications and subsequent graduation.

  1. Where do I submit my application and upload my part 1 documents?

On the top right of the ARBV website, select ‘Register’, this will take you through to the ARBV website portal where you can submit your application. Please see our ‘APE Resources’ tab on the APE information page for instructions on submitting your part 1 documents for more information.

  1. What do I do if my username is not being accepted?

Try using a different username or including an additional character. If you are still having trouble call us on 03 9417 4444 or email

  1. What do I do if I can’t log back into my application after submitting?

Once you have submitted your application you will be locked out of the portal until after part 1 assessments have been completed. Please note that results will not be updated on your candidate profile, ARBV will email results to each candidate. 

  1. When will I receive my part 1 results?

Results will be released 2 to 3 weeks after submissions close for the APE round. We will be in contact with candidates via email, so ensure you check your email regularly and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn for updates.

  1. Do I get a refund if I fail?

Candidates are not refunded the full APE part 1 and 2 fee if they do not successfully complete part 1. They are refunded for the part 2 portion of the APE ($245), as they will not be proceeding to part 2.

  1. What is the date for the National Examination Paper (NEP)?

The NEP is held nationally on the same day, this is published in advance on each Boards website and also on the AACA website. Please see ARBV 2019 APE dates for more information.

  1. When will I receive my results for part 2? 

NEP results will be emailed to candidates approximately 2 – 3 weeks after the exam. Please monitor the ARBV website for updates about the release of results.

  1. If I fail part 2, what do I do?

Candidates can reapply for part 2 in subsequent rounds if they fail. However, they must do so within 2 years of receiving their results for part 2. If candidates apply outside the 2 year timeframe they will be required to resubmit for APE part 1 and 2. Candidates will need to provide amended part 1 documents with any additional experience since first submitting, with a new statutory declaration.

  1. When will I find out what date and time my interview for part 3 is?

Specific interview dates will be included in emails to candidates.

  1. Can I change my interview date or time?

Given candidates have advance notice of the examination period and the large number of interviews held each round, ARBV is unable to accommodate requests to change dates or times. If you will not be available, we suggest you apply at the next round.

  1. Can I appeal my decision?

If you would like to appeal your results, you must write to us at Please see the AACA Procedure for candidates guide for more information on appeals.

  1. If I fail part 3, what do I do?

Candidates can reapply for part 3 in subsequent rounds if they fail. However, they must do so within 2 years of receiving their results for part 3. If candidates apply outside the 2 year timeframe they will be required to resubmit for APE part 1 and 2.