Assessment of overseas architectural qualifications
The Overseas Qualifications Assessment Program (OQA) assesses overseas academic qualifications for migration and registration purposes. Overseas academic qualifications in architecture must be assessed to determine comparability with a currently accredited Australian qualification in architecture before a candidate can undertake the Architectural Practice Examination (APE).
Overseas Qualifications Assessment is conducted in two stages:
- Stage 1. Provisional Assessment of academic qualifications in architecture which is a desk-based assessment
- Stage 2. Final Assessment which involves an interview to examine in detail the content of the course leading to an applicant’s qualification(s) and a portfolio of the applicant’s student and/or professional work.
Successful Stage 2 OQA Applicants are eligible to undertake the APE before applying to a State or Territory registration board to become registered as an Architect. The OQA does not provide an Australian qualification; its purpose is to grant access to the APE process and/or meet the documentary requirements of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
OQA applicants are assessed against relevant components of the National Standard of Competency for Architects, being the same competencies that apply to an Australian accredited qualification in architecture. 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 Australian accredited program of study.