Registration as an Architect - Western Australia

Service summary

You will require registration if you intend to carry on the practice of architecture under the title of an architect. You must not advertise yourself as an architect, practice architecture, or provide architectural services unless you are registered as an architect. You will not require this registration to carry out services relating to the design, planning or construction of buildings, provided you do not use the title of architect, or advertise your services as architectural services.

You may apply to register as either a practising or non-practising architect. Practising architects are required to have a certain level of indemnity insurance and undertake professional development to maintain their registration. Non-practising architects do not require indemnity insurance or professional development to maintain their registration and are generally:

  • Retired
  • Academics
  • No longer living in Western Australia.

You will be entitled to registration as an architect if you are a registered architect in another State or Territory or New Zealand.

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 this registration you must have obtained the relevant qualification by successfully completing an architectural education course accredited by the Agency or hold an equivalent qualification or standard approved by the Agency. Additionally, you must:

  • Have undertaken a minimum period of practical experience;
  • Have successfully passed the National Examination Paper and the Examination by Interview;
  • Have not been convicted of an offence, whether in Western Australia or elsewhere, which renders you unfit to be a registered;
  • Be a fit and proper person and of good character; and
  • Pay the required fees.

Professional indemnity insurance is required for all practising architects, either as an individual or through your employer's policy. The minimum amount of cover required is $1 million. Practising architects are also required to undergo continued professional development. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.




Registration expires on 30 June.



Registration as an Architect


Trading name approval


Application for Registration as an Architect


Restoration of name to the register if previously resigned from the register


Restoration of name to the register fee if removed for non-payment


Further fees may apply. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.


Renewal of registration fee

Other resources

Approval time

Maximum of 8 weeks.

Administering agency

Architects Board of Western Australia

Act(s) name

Architects Act 2004 (Western Australia)

Regulation(s) name

Architects Regulations 2005 (Western Australia)

Contact details

Architects Board of Western Australia

Operating address:
33 Broadway
Western Australia 6009


08 9287 9920


08 9287 9926


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