Registration as an Architect - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this registration if you intend to represent yourself as an architect. Architects provide building design or architectural services that could lead to the design of buildings or parts of buildings. Only registered architects are legally permitted to use the title 'architect', and the terms 'architectural design', 'architectural services' or 'architectural design services' in relation to their work. This does not apply to the use of the terms 'landscape architect', 'naval architect' or 'computer systems architect'.

There are two categories of registration:

  • practising
  • non-practising.

Only practising architects are authorised to advertise that they can provide architectural services that lead directly to the design of buildings or parts of buildings.

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 individual registration as an architect in Victoria you must:

  • have an accredited academic qualification in architecture or a pass in the National Program of Assessment
  • have a minimum of 2 years recent practical experience and knowledge of the competency-based standards
  • successfully complete the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) Architectural Practice Examination (APE) including logbook submissions
  • make your application to the Board on the approved form, with accompanying documentation and the required fees.

Registering as a practising architect will also require you to provide proof of Professional Indemnity insurance cover.

Company and partnership registrations are available where at least one director or partner is suitable for individual registration and the purpose of the registration must include the practice of architecture.

Architects registered in other States or Territories and New Zealand may register in Victoria without further examination. Registration fees apply. Please consult the Registration Board for more information.

Ongoing requirements

Architects are expected to maintain ongoing professional development, pay the annual registration renewal fees, and notify the Board of any changes to their practising details such as change of address.


Twelve months.


 TypeBusiness structureDescription
ApplyLicenceSole Trader

Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted with your application.



Please lodge your application and any accompanying documentation directly with the Agency.

Administering agency

Architects Registration Board of Victoria

Act(s) name

Architects Act 1991 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Architects Regulations 2015 (Victoria)

Contact details

Architects Registration Board of Victoria

Operating address:
Level 7
372 Albert Street
East Melbourne, Victoria 3002

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