The Competence Review Interview

If a Competence Review Interview is required, it works as follows.

  • The interview is conducted by two NZRAB Registration Assessors who meet with the architect being reviewed.
  • The interview may last up to two hours.
  • The architect will need to bring to the assessment documentation that they believe provides evidence of competence. This could include drawings (both design and documentation) and photographs of recent or current projects, and include documents which will demonstrate sound professional processes in the area of practice the architect is engaged. For example for a general practitioner, as applicable, this could include agreements for services, briefing documentation, tender reports, construction contracts and administration documentation.
  • In particular, the architect should be able to demonstrate that he or she has an adequate knowledge and understanding of recent changes to the building industry and its regulatory framework, where relevant to the architect's work.
  • Also the architect will need to present evidence of what he or she has done to keep professionally up to date. This would include CPD and any other relevant professional development activities.

Individual advice is available as to what these requirements entail. We strongly encourage architects to make use of this facility. This can be accessed by contacting the NZRAB at 04 471 1336.

As of 1 September 2021, all applicants for registration will be able to choose whether they wish to have their assessment via Zoom or face to face. If face to face, these will be held in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch.

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