Pathway 2: For Architectural Designers and Technicians
and Some Overseas Applicants

This registration pathway is for:

The Pathway 2 assessment process involves two separate sequential stages, these being:

  1. a Qualifications and Experience Assessment; and then
  2. a face-to-face assessment for registration.

Stage 1: Qualifications and Experience Assessment
All applicants must begin this process with a Qualifications and Experience Assessment which is required to ascertain whether your tertiary academic qualifications together with your work experience are sufficient to warrant you going forward for a formal registration assessment. This is done individually for each applicant and costs NZ$517.50 (GST included).

To have a Qualifications and Experience Assessment you will need to provide detailed information as to what tertiary study you have done and your work experience. A panel of experienced architects and academics will review this information and from that issue a determination.

You can only move on to the stage 2 application process once the Panel have determined you may do so, thereby completing the first stage.  Click on the Qualifications and Experience Assessment link above to find further information about the stage 1 process.

There is no 'provisional' registration in New Zealand.

Stage 2: Professional Conversation
Once you have met any requirements as a result of your Qualifications and Experience Assessment, then you can proceed to a face-to-face assessment for registration, which the NZRAB calls a Professional Conversation.

An application for Stage 2 cannot be submitted until after a QEAP Determination is issued advising that an applicant may proceed.

This entails you meeting with an Assessment Panel and talking about the architectural work you have done and how you view the architectural process.

Before applying you will need to:

  • Prepare Project Record Forms describing what you've been working on in recent years. You can include the Project Record Forms that you used for your Qualifications and Experience Assessment. For each project recorded, you must have worked on it for at least 150 hours. We recommend you record the projects that you are working on as they happen, which is far easier than later on trying to recall what you did a year or two ago.
  • Prepare a Case Study, using the mandatory Case Study Template to describe in detail some of the architectural projects you have worked on, one of which at least must be a complex architectural project (see definition below), and how you contributed. The Case Study Template includes instructions on what's required.

To help prepare the content of your Case Study, look at the Guide to the Minimum Standards for Registration. You must obtain permission from the relevant clients to use their projects in your case study, using the Case Study Release Letter Template.

Complex Architectural Project Definition: A project that requires skill and knowledge to deliver the resolution and integration of complicated aspects including but not limited to siting, planning, structure, services, materials, composition and configuration. A complex project is demanding in its ordering and organisation of multiple occupancy and/or special purpose user requirements and requires the integration of cultural, social, environmental and technical issues.

We recommend you record the projects that you are working on as they happen, which is far easier than later on trying to recall what you did a year or two ago.

When your Case Study and Project Record Forms are ready, then to apply you must:

  • fill out the application form
  • pay the required fee - $1200.60 (GST included) for a first attempt and $600.30 (GST included) for subsequent attempts.

The Application Form describes:

  • the information and documentation you need to provide
  • the application fee you need to pay and how to pay it (if you are going to pay by Mastercard or Visa, use the NZRAB payment facility)
  • how to format and send your application, including your Case Study, to the NZRAB.

Please follow the Application Form's instructions carefully.


Application close-off dates in 2020 are:

  • Round 2:  25 June 2020, with professional conversations in Auckland 11/13 August 2020, Christchurch 18/19 August 2020 and Wellington 24/26 August 2020.
  • Round 3:  3 September 2020, with professional conversations in Auckland 27/29 October 2020, Christchurch 3/4 November 2020 and Wellington 9/12 November 2020.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Applications sent in early are appreciated so that we can carry out our preliminary checking processes before close-off date.

The Professional Conversation itself is a face-to-face meeting between you and an Assessment Panel made up of two Registration Assessors, who will be experienced architects.

During the Professional Conversation, you will lead the Assessment Panel through your case study, explaining the project(s), your role(s) within them, and how this indicates that you have the required experience, skills, knowledge and attitude. The Professional Conversation takes up to three hours. You should take no more than two hours to explain your Case Study to allow time for discussion. The Assessment Panel may also ask theoretical or hypothetical questions and require you to sketch some typical construction details.

You must bring your own laptop or other electronic device to the professional conversation with your Case Study on it, so you can show your Case Study and details therein on a monitor which will be connected to your device by a HDMI cable. Beforehand make sure your device can mirror image your Case Study on a monitor. You will have time before the Professional Conversation begins to set this up.

Some broader Guidance on the Experience Required for Registration is also available.

Other points to note:

  • If you wish, you may have a support person with you, although he or she may not speak during the Professional Conversation. Please advise us of this when submitting your application.
  • Karakia or prayer are acceptable, though, again, please advise us of this when submitting your application.
  • If you have a relevant disability, please detail this on the application form and provide evidence.  Extra time may be granted, if appropriate.
  • Recording devices are not permitted.
  • An observer or trainee assessor may be present, but they will not be part of the assessment process.

Registration Decision
After your Professional Conversation, the Assessment Panel will make a recommendation to the NZRAB Board, and you will be advised in writing of the Board’s decision.