Flexible pathways to registration for eligible overseas architects

The APEC Architect Program is based upon system to system mutual recognition agreements and the Overseas Architect Assessment Program has been developed for applicants who have the appropriate skills and knowledge to practice as an architect and are not eligible for registration under existing mutual recognition agreements. 

For experienced architects from selected countries, Australia’s participation in the APEC Architect Program offers a fast track to registration for architects with at least seven years post-registration experience in their home jurisdiction.

Reciprocal rights are in turn available to experienced Australian-registered architects. Currently APEC Architect mutual recognition arrangements have been reached with Japan, Singapore and Canada. Suitably experienced architects from these countries need only go through a short Supplementary Assessment Process by interview in order to apply for registration  as an architect with any state or territory registration board.

Successful completion of the Overseas Architect Assessment Program will allow applicants to bypass the Architectural Practice Examination (APE) and apply directly for registration as an architect with any state or territory registration board. Applications for this program will open March/April 2016.