Step 3: Professional conversation
The next step in this process is an interactive assessment of your skills, knowledge, attitude and experience. This is done through a professional conversation that takes place between you and an Assessment Panel made up of two of the NZRAB’s registration assessors, both of whom will be experienced architects.
During the professional conversation you must demonstrate to the Assessment Panel that you have the appropriate experience, skills, knowledge and attitude.
The following details apply:
The professional conversation takes a maximum of three hours, excluding breaks, and you need to manage the time carefully.
In the discussion, you lead the Assessment Panel through your case study, explaining the project(s), your role(s) within them, and how this indicates that you meet the minimum standards for registration. For this a Guide to the Minimum Standards for Registration is available.
You should explain the case study in no more than two hours, allowing adequate time for the Assessment Panel to discuss various aspects of your case study with you.
If your projects do not adequately address any of the required standards, the Assessment Panel may pose questions of a more theoretical or hypothetical nature. This may include asking you to sketch typical construction details.
In some instances there may be an observer or trainee assessor present. They are not part of the assessment process.
If you wish, you may have a support person with you for cultural or medical reasons, although he/she may not speak during the interactive assessment. If it is helpful to you, the use of karakia or prayer is also acceptable. You will need to advise NZRAB when submitting your application.
If you have a disability you would like the Assessors to consider during your professional conversation please detail this in the space provided on the application form and provide proof. This may include for example dyslexia, reader/writer, wheelchair access, etc. Extra time may be granted for the professional conversation.
Recording devices are not permitted in professional conversations. The Board does not record professional conversations and does not allow applicants to do the same.
Assessment by video link
For registration applicants who cannot attend a face-to-face meeting , assessments via a high quality video link can be arranged, at the applicant's expense. Skype is not of an acceptable quality in this context.
Additional information is available on the professional conversation as an assessment tool.