How to become an Architect

A career in architecture can lead to many different pathways.  

An Architect is a professional person who is registered in the State or Territory in Australia in which they work.  Any person using the title ‘architect’ or offering services to the public as an architect, must be registered with the Architects’ Board in that jurisdiction. 

To gain registration, a person must have an accredited qualification, and then pass the national Architectural Practice Examination.

An accredited qualification is generally a five year Master of Architecture degree (or similar).  The University of South Australia and the University of Adelaide both offer courses which are accredited in Australia for registration as an architect, and there are a total of 18 universities in Australia providing accredited courses.

The Architectural Practice Examination (APE) includes three elements.  These are 

  1. logging a period of experience working in the competency areas of architecture
  2. passing a multiple choice written examination
  3. passing an interview

More detailed information about the Architectural Practice Examination is on this website (see the page under Graduates), and from the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) which manages the examination.  

After successfully completing these requirements, an application for registration as an Architect can be made.  The Application requires the person to provide Professional Indemnity Insurance details, and also satisfy a 'fit and proper' person test.  This is in order to meet the requirements of the Act and the professional obligations for practising architecture.