National accreditation of Australian architecture programs
A five year course of post-secondary study (or equivalent) followed by approximately two years professional experience (3,300 hours) is the usual pre-requisite to the Architectural Practice Examination (APE) leading to registration in Australia. This typically takes the form of a three year bachelor degree followed by an accredited two year Master of Architecture degree, although other structures that are deemed equivalent may also be recognised.
The AACA, jointly with the Australian Institute of Architects, maintains the Australia and New Zealand Architecture Program Accreditation Procedure (ANZAPAP). ANZAPAP facilitates accreditation by each state and territory Architect registration board of programs of study offered in its jurisdiction. It involves a review of architecture schools offering accredited degrees at least every five years by an expert panel, which makes a recommendation to the relevant architect registration board.
To be eligible for accreditation, schools of architecture must provide evidence that the relevant components of the National Standard of Competency for Architects are integrated within the curriculum and appropriately assessed in student work. The scope includes most of the performance criteria from the Design Unit of Competency and selected performance criteria from the Documentation, Project Delivery and Practice Management Units of Competency. These competencies reflect the fundamental abilities expected of a graduate from an accredited program of study.