The Registered Architects Act 2005 requires that all New Zealand Registered Architects be reviewed every five years to determine whether they are still competent and thereby able to be issued an annual Certificate of Registration for each of the next five years, and continue to work as architects.
The following describes how these five-year “competence reviews” take place.
In January each year architects due for review are sent an email saying they need to do this, attached to the email is a continuing registration competence review assessment form that the architect fills out and returns. There is no fee for this procedure.
Each architect’s assessment form is reviewed by an evaluation panel comprising two experienced architects known as registration assessors. If the architect meets the standard, a recommendation is made to the NZRAB Board that the architect be granted continuing registration.
If the information provided is insufficient, the architect is asked for further written information.
After that, if there is still a concern, the architect is asked to meet with the evaluation panel for an interview.
After the interview, a recommendation is made to the NZRAB Board as to whether or not the architect meets the requirements of continuing registration.
If the NZRAB Board comes to a preliminary view that the architect does not meet the standard, the architect is entitled to make a separate written submission. That written submission, any oral evidence, and all the earlier evidence is considered by a separate review panel which makes a second recommendation to the Board, after which final decisions are made.
An architect suspended as a result of a competence review cannot practice anymore. However, in the 12 months that follows, that suspended architect is entitled to another competence review. Otherwise, after 12 months the suspended architect's registration is cancelled.
More information is available on the criteria for making these decisions, including the role of CPD, and other procedural details.