The Standard maps the development of competency on the path to registration as an architect in Australia.

National Program of Assessment

The National Program of Assessment is a competency based assessment which provides a pathway to the Architectural Practice Examination for those who have substantial skills and experience in the architectural profession but do not have an accredited qualification in architecture or overseas equivalent.

 

L Knowledge Domains
  R S E D C
1. Design: Project briefing
1.1 Preparation & endorsement of an agreement between client and Architect. This agreement will clearly communicate terms, services to be provided, and fees appropriate for the scale and type of project. S Critical Domain Critical Domain Necessary Necessary Critical Domain
1.2 Establishment, analysis and evaluation of client project requirements and objectives. A Critical Domain Critical Domain Critical Domain Necessary Necessary
1.3 Assessment of project budget and timeframe against project requirements and objectives. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1.4 Identification of factors that may impact on client project requirements and objectives. A Critical Domain Critical Domain Critical Domain Necessary Necessary
1.5 Knowledge of different procurement processes available and evaluation of the impact these have on the project. S Critical Domain Necessary Necessary Critical Domain Necessary
1.6 Selection and presentation to clients and relevant stakeholders of procurement method for the project. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1.7 Preparation of project brief for approval by client and relevant stakeholders. A Necessary Necessary Necessary Necessary Critical Domain
2. Design: Pre-Design
2.1 Identification, analysis and integration of information relevant to siting of project. A Critical Domain Critical Domain Critical Domain Necessary Necessary
2.2 Application of principles controlling planning, development and design for the project site. A Critical Domain Critical Domain Critical Domain Necessary Necessary
2.3 Evaluation of factors influencing and impacting on project cost. S Critical Domain Necessary Critical Domain Critical Domain Necessary
2.4 Analysis of project brief in relation to clients objective budget and timeframe. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2.5 Attainment of approval from client of project budget and timeframe. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2.6 Preparation and analysis of project development options in response to project brief. A Necessary Critical Domain Critical Domain Necessary Critical Domain
3. Design: Conceptual Design
3.1 Design response integrates the objectives of brief, user intent and built purpose. A Necessary Critical Domain Critical Domain Critical Domain Necessary
3.2 Application of creative imagination, aesthetic judgement and critical evaluation in formulating design options. A Necessary Critical Domain Critical Domain Critical Domain Necessary
3.3 Design response incorporates assessment of the physical location and relevant wider regional, contextual and environmental issues. A Critical Domain Critical Domain Critical Domain Necessary Necessary
3.4 Design response incorporates assessment of relevant legislation, codes and industry standards. A Critical Domain Critical Domain Necessary Necessary Necessary
3.5 Exploration and application of ordering, sequencing and modelling of three-dimensional form and spatial content. A Necessary Necessary Necessary Critical Domain Critical Domain
3.6 Assessment of the economic impact on the project of design strategies and options. S Necessary Necessary Critical Domain Critical Domain Necessary
3.7 Assessment and integration of construction systems and materials consistent with project brief. A Necessary Necessary Critical Domain Critical Domain Necessary
3.8 Application of manual and digital graphic techniques and modelling to describe three-dimensional form and spatial relationships. A Necessary Necessary Necessary Critical Domain Critical Domain
4. Design: Schematic Design
4.1 Evaluation of design options in relation to project requirements. A Critical Domain Critical Domain Necessary Critical Domain Critical Domain
4.2 Evaluation of design options against values of physical, environmental and cultural contexts. A Necessary Critical Domain Critical Domain Necessary Critical Domain
4.3 Application of creative imagination aesthetic judgement to produce coherent design A Necessary Critical Domain Critical Domain Critical Domain Critical Domain
4.4 Inclusion of expertise of relevant specialists and consultants in developing the project design. S Critical Domain Necessary Necessary Critical Domain Necessary
4.5 Investigation and integration of appropriate structural, construction, service and transport systems in the project design. A Critical Domain Necessary Critical Domain Critical Domain Necessary
4.6 Investigation and integration of appropriate material selection for the project design. A Critical Domain Necessary Critical Domain Critical Domain Necessary
4.7 Coordination and integration of appropriate environmental systems, including for thermal comfort, lighting and acoustics. A Critical Domain Necessary Critical Domain Critical Domain Necessary
4.8 Analysis of schematic design in regard to cost planning and timeframe to comply with client and project requirements. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
4.9 Obtain approval for the design from client and and/or relevant stakeholders. A Necessary Necessary Necessary Necessary Critical Domain
5. Documentation: Detailed Design
5.1 Application of creative imagination and aesthetic judgement in producing a resolved project design in regard to site planning, physical composition and spatial planning as appropriate to the project brief. A Necessary Critical Domain Necessary Critical Domain Critical Domain
5.2 Resolution of project design addressing all building occupancy and functional aspects including spatial requirements and relationships and circulation aspects. A Critical Domain Necessary Necessary Necessary Critical Domain
5.3 Evaluation and integration of regulatory requirements. A Critical Domain Necessary Necessary Critical Domain Necessary
5.4 Integration of structural and construction systems in resolved project design. A Necessary Necessary Critical Domain Critical Domain Necessary
5.5 Integration of materials and components based upon an understanding of their physical properties. A Necessary Necessary Critical Domain Critical Domain Necessary
5.6 Integration of relevant technical services, environmental and transportation systems. A Necessary Necessary Critical Domain Critical Domain Necessary
5.7 Resolution of project design to address budget and time constraints. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
5.8 Presentation of detailed design to facilitate relevant client and stakeholder approvals. A Necessary Necessary Necessary Necessary Critical Domain
6. Documentation: Documentation
6.1 Identification and adoption of a strategy, program and process of documentation integrated through all project stages to enable project delivery. S Necessary Necessary Necessary Critical Domain Critical Domain
6.2 Continuing coordination and integration of information and project material from relevant consultants, specialists and suppliers. S Critical Domain Critical Domain Critical Domain Necessary Necessary
6.3 Incorporation of the project requirements and objectives in accordance with Project Brief and approved Detailed Design. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
6.4 Timely completion and communication of accurate and comprehensible documents that will include, as required, drawings, models, specifications, schedules and other relevant modes of information. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
6.5 Nomination of quality and performance standards with regard to selected materials, finishes, fittings components and systems. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
6.6 Identification and description within the project documentation of the type and scope of separate project trades and sub-contractors as required. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
6.7 Establishment of quality assurance systems to ensure consistency and completeness of project documentation in accordance with the requirement fo the project brief, project timeframe and project budget. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
6.8 Project documentation is in accordance with, and appropriate to, the project contract and project procurement procedure. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
7. Project Delivery: Procurement
7.1 Identification of available procurement methods and assessment of relevance and application to the project. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
7.2 Selection of procurement method incorporates assessment of the impact on all phases of project including design, documentation and project delivery. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
7.3 Selection of procurement method incorporates assessment of the impact on contractual arrangements between all project stakeholders. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
7.4 Selection of procurement method incorporates assessment of the impact on selection, contracting and scope of work of consultants and specialist service providers. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
7.5 Preparation of report and recommendations to enable client to make approval of procurement method and all associated contracts. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
7.6 Knowledge and application of all administration and principles for the selected procurement method and associated contracts. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
8. Project Delivery: Construction Stage
8.1 Selection process for appropriately qualified contractors is in accordance with procurement method and project contract. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
8.2 Recommendation regarding contractor selection and specifics of project contract are made to the client for their approval. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
8.3 Identification and application of the process and administration systems needed to fulfil all obligations under project contract. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
8.4 Construction progress and quality is systematically reviewed and monitored as required under the contract provisions. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
8.5 Identification and application of all relevant processes required for certification of monetary claims, project variations, extensions of time, project instructions or other administrative responsibilities under the contract provisions. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
8.6 Monitoring project requirements and objectives as described in project documents are met. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
8.7 Identification and application of appropriate and consistent systems for record keeping and maintenance of document revisions. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
8.8 Ensure that warranties, schedules, as built documentation, certificates, approvals and other project information are completed and handed to the client and relevant authorities as required under the contract. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
8.9 Undertake post occupancy evaluation if required under the scope of the project agreement. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
9. Practice Management
9.1 Knowledge and implementation of appropriate practice model to ensure efficient, effective and ethical professional service. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
9.2 Knowledge and application of practice resources required to ensure efficient and effective professional service. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
9.3 Identification and application of practice systems and quality management systems to facilitate efficient and timely delivery of architectural services in accordance with project objectives. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
9.4 Establishment of project team and practice structures required to deliver the professional services in a timely manner. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
9.5 Knowledge of the legal and ethical obligations relating to copyright and intellectual property requirements. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
9.6 Knowledge and application of professional ethics and ethical practices in respect to practice management and provision of professional service. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
9.7 Knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements and obligations in regard to architectural practice, practice management and registration as an architect. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
9.8 Clear and consistent communication with client and relevant stakeholders throughout project. A Necessary Critical Domain Necessary Necessary Necessary
9.9 Provision of independent and objective advice through all phases of professional practice. N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A