Framework for assessment
The National Standard of Competency for Architects provides a framework from which the Standard of Competency for an Architect can be assessed. Each of 70 occupational functions is set out in a Performance Criterion (e.g. “Establishment, analysis and evaluation of client project requirements and objectives”) and these are grouped into nine key Elements describing major practice areas, and then into four broad Units of Competency. Cross cutting all the Performance Criteria, Elements and Units of Competency are five core Knowledge Domains constituting the broad base of understanding that underpins the complex profession of architecture.
The Standard describes the skill and knowledge to be demonstrated in the various assessment programs conducted by the AACA. The level of competency reflects community and professional expectations for an Architect.
Assessment is generally to the level of a Complex Project which would typically be one of medium scale or larger, that requires the skill and knowledge to deliver the integration and resolution of complicated aspects including (but not limited to): siting, planning, structure, services, materials, composition and configuration. Not all architectural projects follow this format, or even result in a built outcome, but it is this level of competency required by an Architect that is tested in the AACA programs.