The Architectural Practice Examination (APE) is an exam administered by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) on behalf of the ARBV and other state and territory architect registration boards. The APE is the most common pathway to registration as an architect in Victoria.
The APE is separate from registration, it is a pre-registration exam. Coaching courses for the APE are not compulsory, accredited by the AACA or affiliated with ARBV.
The APE is conducted in three parts – Part 1: Logbook and Statement of Practical Experience, Part 2: National Examination Paper and Part 3: Examination by Interview. More information about each Part is detailed below. Also see the APE FAQs: https://www.arbv.vic.gov.au/for-architects/faqs-3/
Please also see the AACA website for other pathways to registration.
Once you have completed the APE, you may apply for registration. The APE is used by ARBV to determine whether applicants have attained a satisfactory standard of professional practice, as per section 10 of the Architects Act 1991 and regulation 13 of the Architects Regulations 2015.
Until you are registered as an architect with ARBV, you must not use the title ‘architect’, the controlled terms ‘architectural services’, ‘architectural design services’, ‘architectural design’ (all in relation to building design) or represent that you are an architect, which includes stating or implying that you are an architect, practice as an architect or undertake or are willing to undertake work as an architect.
There are two sessions of the APE each year. The relevant dates are published on the ARBV website home page. See 2021 APE Dates below.