About the Architectural Practice Examination
Most people seeking to register as an architect in Victoria complete the Architectural Practice Examination (APE). It is a national examination conducted twice a year in all states and territories.
The APE assesses your knowledge and understanding of the practice of architecture in Australia and your capacity to exercise the professional skills required to be an architect.
If you successfully complete the APE, you can register as an architect.
The ARBV administers the APE with the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) and other state and territory architect registration boards.
The APE is open to overseas graduates of architectural courses, however they must meet the requirements in the Overseas Qualification Assessment (OQA) conducted by the AACA. For more information visit .
Various coaching courses aim to help applicants complete the APE, but please note that such courses are not compulsory and are not accredited by the AACA or affiliated with the ARBV.
Parts of the examination
The APE comprises 3 parts:
- Part 1 – Logbook and statement of practical experience
- Part 2 – National Examination Paper
- Part 3 – Examination by interview
You must complete the three parts in order. You can complete Parts 1 and 2 in any state, but you must complete both parts in the same state. Part 3 can be completed in a different state, then part 1 and 2.
Part 1: Logbook and Statement of Practical Experience
To complete Part 1 of the APE, you must submit a logbook, a statement of practical experience and other documentation outlining your experience.
The logbook must show that you have completed at least 3,300 hours of architectural experience, as well as two years' practical experience. Your experience must demonstrate the 15 performance criteria outlined in the .
The table below outlines the documents you will need to submit.
Part 2: National Examination Paper
In the NEP, you will be asked to consider nine scenarios, with five multiple-choice questions for each scenario.
You cannot take notes or summary sheets into the exam.
- Returning Part 2 candidates are required to resubmit all Part 1 documents updated with any recent experience as well as a newly signed and witnessed statutory declaration.
- Candidates are required to resubmit during the Part 1 submission session listed in our key dates below.
You will receive results approximately 4 weeks after you take the exam.
If you do not pass the NEP, you can apply to sit it again within two years. If you wait longer than two years, you will need to complete Part 1 again, with updated documentation, before you can sit the NEP again.
Part 3: Examination by interview
The final part of the APE is an interview with two experienced examiners. In the interview, the examiners will ask you questions based on hypothetical situations, to assess your practical knowledge and experience.
Interviews typically take 45-60 minutes and will be conducted during the scheduled interview period (see key dates below). Once your interview has been scheduled, you cannot change the date or time. If you cannot attend the interview at the scheduled time, you will need to apply for the next round of interviews.
If you do not pass the examination by interview, you can apply to sit it again within 2 years. If you wait longer than 2 years, you will need to complete Parts 1 and 2 before you can take the interview again.
Key dates for APE 2021
The ARBV runs the APE in 2 sessions each year. The dates below are indicative only and subject to change. For Part 3, we will email you a date and time for your interview closer to the interview period.
If you are applying for Parts 1 and 2 of the APE, you do not need to submit a separate application for Part 3. If you are applying for Part 3 only, you will need to submit a separate application for this part.
|APE 2021||Session 1, 2021||Session 2, 2021|
|Applications for Part 1 and Part 2 |
(Includes Part 2 (NEP) resits)
|Open 22 January |
Close 5 February
|Open 14 May|
Close 28 May
|Part 2: NEP||20 April||17 August|
|Part 3: Examination by interview submission dates||Open 10 May |
Close 13 May
|Open 6 September|
Close 16 September
|Interviews conducted: |
|Part 1 and 2||Part 2||Part 3|
Apply for the examination
There are 6 documents that must be submitted for Part 1:
- APE Candidate Summary sheet
- AACA Logbook
- Statement of Practical Experience
- Statutory declaration
- Architect List
- Architectural Qualifications
These documents are uploaded electronically. Hard copy documents are not accepted.
The documents must be:
- saved into a single PDF (apart from the Statutory declaration which must be a separate document)
- be in the order listed above
- be no more than 5MB in size.
You can only submit Part 1 documents during the submission dates. See above Key dates for APE 2021 for the submission period.
Reviewed 04 July 2021