Registration as an Architect - Australian Capital Territory


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.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $232.00

Application for registration.

Apply Application All $24.00

Appointment of nominees.

Apply Duplicate Certificate All $48.00

Replacement of registration ID card.

Renew Renewal All $243.00

Registration for one year:

Other resources

Act(s) name

Architects Act 2004 ACT

Regulation(s) name

Architects Regulation 2004 ACT

Administering agency

Environment and Planning Directorate

Planning and Land Authority

ACT Architects Board

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

General Enquiries

ACT Architects Board

Planning and Land Authority

Environment and Planning Directorate

Operating address: Dame Pattie Menzies House
16 Challis Street
Australian Capital Territory 2602
Mailing address: GPO BOX 158
Canberra City, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 02 6207 6288