Registration as an Architect - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this registration if you intend to act as an architect in New South Wales. An architect offers services involved in the design, planning or construction of buildings. You may not use the title ?architect? or descriptions such as ?architectural? without this registration.

If you received your architectural qualifications overseas, you can apply for temporary registration which will allow you to practise for a limited period of time. If you are currently registered as an architect in New Zealand or in another state or territory, you can apply to the board to have your registration recognised in New South Wales.

Please consult the Contact Officer for 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 full registration, you must:

  • hold an approved university qualification in architecture or other qualification that satisfies the NSW Architects Registration Board
  • pass a competency examination arraigned by the board if you do not hold the required qualifications
  • be of good fame and character
  • pass an exam in architectural practise set by the board
  • have an approved period of experience in architecture or a minimum 3,300 hours of logged work experience
  • have the appropriate professional indemnity insurance or an exemption from this requirement.

To be eligible for temporary registration as an overseas architect, you must:

  • hold the required qualifications in architecture from an overseas institution
  • be of good fame and character
  • have a minimum of seven years professional practise as an architect
  • be able to provide a detailed summary of your professional experience as an architect
  • be able to provide three professional referees who can testify to your professional experience.

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

Ongoing requirements

As a registered architect in New South Wales, you must:

  • take all reasonable steps to maintain and improve your skills and knowledge in architecture
  • undertake any activities the NSW Architects Registration Board considers appropriate to demonstrate the maintenance and improvement of your skills and knowledge
  • acquire a minimum of 20 hours continuing professional development (CPD) each year and report the details of your CPD to the board
  • pay the annual registration fee.


Your application will be processed within 28 days of submission.




31 March each year.



Non-practising registration fee

Application$400.00Full registration application fee

Registration of interstate or New Zealand architects


Temporary registration of overseas architects

Application$400.00Full registration (3-5 years since practise exam)
Application$640.00Full registration (5+ years since practise exam)

Annual registration renewal fee



The Board encourages the use of the online payment facility. If fees are paid in person or by mail / email using a card, merchant fees will apply.

Additional information

You may be able to apply for registration as a non-practising architect if you have previously been registered with the NSW Architects Registration Board and no longer intend to provide architectural services.

The board may decide to impose conditions on your full or temporary registration.

You may be liable for an increased registration fee if you passed your practise examination more than 3 years ago.

Administering agency

NSW Architects Registration Board

Act(s) name

Architects Act 2003 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Architects Regulations 2012 (New South Wales)

Contact details

The Registrar
NSW Architects Registration Board

Operating address:
Level 2
156 Gloucester Street
New South Wales 2000


02 9241 4033


02 9241 6144

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