Registration as an Architect - New South Wales


You will need this registration if you intend to practise architecture in New South Wales. Architects are involved in the design, planning, and 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 practice 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.

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 a Bachelors degree, Masters degree or other qualification in the discipline of architecture accredited by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia
  • pass a competency examination arranged by the Board if you do not hold the required qualifications
  • have an approved period of practical experience in architecture as a prerequisite for entry to the examination in architectural practice
  • pass an exam in architectural company approved by the Board
  • be of good fame and character
  • 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
  • have a minimum of 7 years professional practice as an architect
  • be able to provide a detailed summary of your professional experience as an architect
  • be able to provide 3 professional referees who can testify to your professional experience
  • be of good fame and character.


1, 3 or 5 years


Rolling expiry dependent on date of registration.


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Fees will change depending on your circumstances. Please contact the agency for more information.


Lodgement process


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.

Approval time

Your application will be processed within 28 days of submission.

Administering agency

NSW Architects Registration Board

Contact details

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