Nationally consistent competency based assessment 

All candidates seeking registration as an architect in Australia must complete the Architectural Practice Examination prior to applying for registration as an architect in Australia unless exempted through completion of an alternative AACA pathway.

The Architectural Practice Examination is a three part process including completion of a Logbook and Statement of Practical Experience, an on-line National Examination Paper and an interview with architect practitioners. All three parts must be completed sequentially.

The Architectural Practice Examination, developed and maintained by the AACA has been adopted by all Australian state and territory architects registration boards as the national examination in architectural practice. The Architectural Practice Examination ensures that applicants for registration in any state or territory in Australia have the required knowledge and understanding of the practice of architecture in Australia and a capacity to exercise professional skill.

Architectural Practice Examination candidates are assessed against relevant Performance Criteria of the National Standard of Competency for Architects. This includes most of the Performance Criteria from the Design Unit of Competency and all Performance Criteria from the Documentation, Project Delivery and Practice Management Units of Competency. These competencies reflect the breadth of abilities expected of an architect in independent practice. Some aspects of design competencies are not tested as they are covered in accredited architectural programs which are subject to a five yearly program accreditation review that requires universities to provide evidence that the specified Performance Criteria from the National Standard of Competency for Architects are integrated within the curriculum and appropriately assessed in student work.

Candidates who have met the requirements of all three parts of the Architectural Practice Examination may apply for registration to the registration board in any state or territory