Sixty seven per cent of candidates who attempted the alternative, competency-based pathway to the Architectural Practice Examination in 2015/2016 have been successful.

The National Program of Assessment is a competency based assessment authorised by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia for practitioners wishing to take the APE but don’t have the recognised qualifications to do so.

The program isn’t open to everyone and has a strict eligibility criteria and large assessment by project component, but even so, more than half of those who participated in the past two years have been successful.

Successful candidates included those with qualifications ranging from undergraduate degrees in architecture and/or design, as well as people with significant technical experience in building design and drafting.

They also had work experience to the tune of a minimum seven years full-time (or equivalent) in in architectural, planning, building or other related fields, and have completed these within the last ten years. While this doesn’t seem like much to the average building designer, the kicker is that three of those seven years required to enter the program must be under the direction of an architect in an architect’s office, and at least two years of the three years must be in an architect’s office in Australia.

The NPA Assessors and Management Panel commended the standard of submissions received from applicants and said they look forward to the continued success of candidates who utilise this pathway to registration as an architect in Australia.

Applications for the National Program of Assessment 2017 open on 3 February and close on Friday 26 May.

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