Competency based pathway to the Architectural Practice Examination 

Eligible candidates for the National Program of Assessment are those who have substantial skills and experience in architecture but do not have an accredited qualification in architecture or overseas equivalent. The National Program of Assessment does not provide a qualification; its sole purpose is to grant access to the Architectural Practice Examination.

National Program of Assessment applicants 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 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.

The National Program of Assessment is an ‘assessment by project’ which is design focused and assesses applicants’ abilities to respond to a complex client brief provided by the AACA. Applicants must communicate a design response to that brief and develop an architectural project they have conceived and developed on their own.

Successful National Program of Assessment applicants are eligible to undertake the Architectural Practice Examination before applying to a state or territory registration board to become registered as an Architect.