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Architectural Practice Examination

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 rounds of the APE each year. The relevant dates are published on the ARBV website home page. See 2019 APE Dates below.

Part 1: Logbook and Statement of Practical Experience

Part 1 of the APE requires a Logbook and Statement of Experience to be submitted, together with other documents about your qualifications and experience. These are referred to as ‘Part 1 documents’.

The Part 1 documents are assessed to determine whether candidates have completed a minimum of 3300 hours mandatory experience across the seven prescribed competencies in the National Standard of Competency for Architects.

The Part 1 documents are:

  • APE Candidate Summary Sheet
  • Statement of Practical Experience
  • AACA Logbook
  • Architect List
  • Architectural Qualifications

See the resources below for a Checklist document and instructions on how to submit your part 1 documents.

Candidates are required to record at least 2 years of current practical experience against specified competencies and include a Statement of Practical Experience, which is a brief synopsis of practical experience.

Candidates are also required to record a minimum of 3300 hours mandatory experience across the seven prescribed competencies. Candidates are required, in their statement of practical experience and logbook to identify the quality and duration of experience recorded and relate it to the National Standard of Competency for Architects. More information is available on the AACA website for Part 1 of the APE.

For more information please see the AACA website for the Procedure for Candidates guide. Logbooks are available on the AACA website under the heading “more information”. The candidate summary sheet and statutory declaration form can be found below in the resources section.

Satisfactory completion of Part 1: Logbook and Statement of Practical Experience enables candidates to proceed to Part 2 of the APE.

Please see the APE FAQs for more information.

Part 2: National Examination Paper (NEP)

Part 2 of the APE is the National Examination Paper (NEP). The NEP assesses candidates’ professional knowledge, through application of performance criteria in the National Standard of Competency for Architects.

The NEP is a 75-minute examination held nationally. The exam consists of 9 scenarios and each scenarios contains 5 multiple choice questions. No notes or summary sheets may be taken into the exam.

NEP results are provided 2 – 3 weeks after the exam is held. Detailed results are provided to all candidates.

Further details about the NEP and a sample scenario are provided on the AACA website.

Successful completion of Part 2: NEP enables candidates to proceed to Part 3 of the APE.

Please see the APE FAQs for more information.

Part 3: Examination by Interview

Part 3 of the APE is an interview conducted by two examiners, who are experienced architects.

The objective of the interview is to enable the examiners to confirm the candidate can demonstrate and communicate adequate practical application and/or experience of the National Standard of Competency for Architects. The questions asked may be outside the candidate’s direct area of knowledge and the questions could be based on hypothetical situations.

The interview is approximately 45 – 60 minutes long.

ARBV will contact the candidates eligible for Part 3 via email to request payment of the Part 3 fee and provide interview details.

Further information about Part 3 is included on the AACA website.

Please see the APE FAQs for more information.

2019 APE Dates

Round 1, 2019

 

Round 2, 2019

 

Part 1: Logbook and Statement of Practical Experience

 

28th January – 6th February

 

3rd June – 18th June

 

Part 2: NEP

 

2nd April

 

20th August

 

Part 3: Examination by Interview May 2019 9th September – 31st October*

 

*This period may be shortened, please monitor the ARBV website for updates.

 

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