Registration as an Architect - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will require this registration if you intend to provide architectural services in connection with the design, planning or construction of buildings. You will not require this registration if you are a landscape architect. If you intend to operate a company or partnership providing architectural services then you will be required to nominate a registered architect to the Agency, which may be yourself, to ensure compliance with all requirements related to providing and advertising architectural services.

As a registered architect you may use the terms registered architect, architect and architectural services to advertise your business. Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this registration you must:

  • Hold a degree or diploma in architecture; recognised by the Agency;
  • Produce sufficient evidence that you possess the required knowledge, skill and experience for the competent practice of architecture;
  • Have passed the Architectural Practice Exam, or similar exam approved by the Agency;
  • Be considered a fit and proper person for the purpose of this registration;
  • Provide all information of your relevant qualifications and experience as required by the Agency; and
  • Pay any required fees.

The Architectural Practice Exam helps to determine whether you have the necessary practical experience to become registered as an architect in the Australian Capital Territory. Eligibility for the exam includes holding a recognised qualification and a minimum of two years' practical experience of which a minimum of one year is practical experience in Australia.

If you hold a current equivalent registration in New Zealand or an Australian State or Territory, you may be eligible to apply for this registration under mutual recognition arrangements.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.




Registration expires on 1 March each year.



Application for registration.

Duplicate Certificate$48.00

Replacement of registration ID card.


Appointment of nominees.


Registration for one year:

Administering agency

Environment and Planning Directorate
Planning and Land Authority
ACT Architects Board

Act(s) name

Architects Act 2004 (Australian Capital Territory)

Regulation(s) name

Architects Regulation 2004 (Australian Capital Territory)

Contact details

General Enquiries
Environment and Planning Directorate
Planning and Land Authority
ACT Architects Board

Operating address:
Dame Pattie Menzies House
16 Challis Street
Australian Capital Territory 2602
Mailing address:
Canberra City, Australian Capital Territory 2601


02 6207 6288

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