Competency-based pathway to the Architectural Practice Examination
The National program of Assessment (NPrA) is a competency based assessment for those who have substantial skills and experience in the architectural profession, but do not have a recognised architectural qualification.
Taking the form of a complex architectural project, successful completion of the National Program of Assessment is recognised by all Australian registration authorities as an alternate entry to the Architectural Practice Examination, successful completion of which is necessary before applying to a State or Territory registration board to become registered as an architect.
The National Program of Assessment is a design exercise that tests candidates’ competency in architecture on the basis of their acquired knowledge and experience. The focus of the design exercise is to design a complex building in response to a hypothetical design brief.
Applications for the 2022 NPrA have closed
The National Standard of Competency for Architects (NSCA) describes what is reasonably expected of a person who can demonstrate the standard of skill, care and diligence widely accepted in Australia as a competent and professional Architect.
The 2021 NSCA was released in July 2021 and will be implemented across all AACA Assessment Programs in a staged roll-out from 2022. The 2021 NSCA will be implemented across the National Program of Assessment from 2022.
The National Program of Assessment – a two stage process
Stage 1 – Eligibility
Candidates must satisfy academic, English language, work experience and residency requirements. Candidates who are successful in Stage 1, will be invited to participate in Stage 2.
Stage 2 – Response to the Design Brief
Candidates must respond to the Project Brief by addressing particular Performance Criteria in the context of the National Standard of Competency for Architects.
Submissions take the form of a report and companion drawings. Candidates work alone in responding to the Project Brief and are given one opportunity to ask questions of the Assessors on the Project Brief.
- Stage 1 – Eligibility $1,122
- Stage 2 – Response to the design brief $3,672
All fees are GST free. AACA only accepts online credit card payments, by VISA or MASTERCARD. 1.6% surcharge applies to all online payments.
Applications for the 2022 program closed on 31 January 2022.
|Stage 1 Applications Open||Wednesday 1 December 2021|
|Stage 1 Applications Close||Monday 31 January 2022|
|Candidate Offers Distributed||Tuesday 15 February 2022|
|Closing Date for Acceptance of Offers||Tuesday 1 March 2022|
|Stage 2 Program Brief Distributed||Wednesday 9 March 2022|
|QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS|
|Q & A Period||Wednesday 9 March 2022 – Wednesday 6 April 2022|
|Q & A’s Distributed to Candidates||Wednesday 11 May 2022|
|Closing Date for Withdrawal of Participation||Wednesday 1 June 2022|
|Candidate Initial Conceptual Design Response due||Wednesday 20 July 2022|
|Candidate Final Submissions due||Wednesday 12 October 2022|
|Results emailed to Participants||Monday 28 November 2022|
More information: contact the AACA at [email protected]