Architectural Practice Examination

The dates for the Architectural Practice Examination (APE) in 2018 are as follows. 

APE Briefing Session

Round 1 - 2018

Is now closed. 

Note: Late submissions will not be accepted. 

Candidates resubmitting for the written exam or the interview must submit their logbooks and statement of practical experience during these submission dates to be included in the round. 

Round 2 - 2018

Is now closed. 

Note: Late submissions will not be accepted.

Candidates resubmitting for the written exam or the interview must submit their revised logbooks and statement of practical experience during these submission dates to be included in the round. 

APE

Please note, from January, 1 2015 the requirement for minimum hours logged in the logbook will be 3300 hours. 

Part 1: Eligibility – Logbook and Statement of Practical Experience

Candidates are required to record at least 2 years recent practical experience against specified competencies and include a Statement of Practical Experience, which is a brief synopsis of practical experience.  

This information can be downloaded via the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) website under 'Publications' (www.aaca.org.au). Refer to the National Competency Standards in Architecture (NCSA), Procedures for Candidates (NCSA PC) and Reference Guide for Candidates (NCSA REF/G).

Click here to download AACA's Logbook Information.

Click here to download the Log Sheets (Logbook)

Click here to download the Logbook Submission Instructions (Information Sheet 11).

Please note that hard copy logbooks will no longer be accepted by the Board.

Part 2: National Examination (NEP)

The National Examination Paper is a 70 minute 'closed book' scenario computer-based exam. It consists of nine 'scenarios'. Each scenario comprises 5 multiple choice questions with each multiple choice question 4 responses with one correct response.

Key Changes: 

Computer based deliver of the national Examination Paper conducted by the Boards in test centres nominated by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia in each state or territory. 

  • 9 scenarios with each scenario having 5 multiple choice questions making a total of forty-five questions to be answered in 70 minutes
  • each question is worth one mark. Correct answers are scored as one mark and incorrect answers as a zero mark
  • all candidates receiving feedback with their results based on the Performance Criteria tested in the exam

See the Guide for Candidates and the links below for details guidance about the National Examination Paper.

Important Information for Candidates on the revised National Examination Paper

AACA NEP Sample Scenario

Part 3: Examination by Interview

On successful completion of Part 2, candidates receive an invitation to attend the interview.

Each candidate is interviewed by two Architects Board of WA examiners who are experienced practitioners, on the range of work and experience presented by the candidate.

Click here for Part 3 Application Form.

Duration: one hour.

Satisfactory Completion of the APE:

Once all of Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the APE have been successfully completed, candidates will be invited to apply for registration in Western Australia. 

Applications for registration are considered by the Board at it's monthly meeting. 

Fees

The following examination fees are being reviewed and are subject to change:
   Parts 1 & 2: $363.25
   Part 3: $311.35