Recognition of Academic Qualifications

The Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) is responsible for setting the standards of recognition of academic qualifications and approval of overseas qualifications.

For eligibility to sit the Architectural Practice Examination you must have:

  1. satisfactory completion of an approved course at a School of Architecture recognised by AACA - for information on approved Schools of Architecture contact AACA, see website below, or

  2. a statement from AACA that your overseas qualifications (from a school not already recognised by the AACA) have been assessed through the Review of Academic Equivalence (RAE) as being equivalent to Australian academic standards. The date of equivalence being the date of the award of the approved professional qualification - you should contact AACA, see website below, if you have an overseas degree or qualification - or

  3. a pass in the National Program of Assessment (NPrA). This program is conducted through AACA and if you are interested you should contact AACA, or

  4. a pass in the Board's Prescribed Examinations. The Board is no longer offering its Prescribed Examinations Parts 1 and 2 to new candidates. If you are unable or unwilling to obtain a qualification from an approved School of Architecture, you may be eligible to undertake the NPrA above, and should contact AACA.
To contact the AACA for more information on any of the above topics visit