REGISTRATION IN AUSTRALIA AND THE USA
New Zealand Registered Architects are entitled to be registered or licensed in Australia and some jurisdictions of the United States of America, subject to specific requirements, as below.
The governments of Australia and New Zealand are signatories to the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement (TTMRA). This means by law a person registered or licensed to practise an occupation in one country is entitled to practise an equivalent occupation in the other country, without further testing or examination.
Thus New Zealand Registered Architects on application are automatically registered in Australia. Note that the Architect's New Zealand registration must be current, i.e. he or she must hold a current annual Certificate of Registration, so that his or her name is visible on the New Zealand Architects Register.
Process: New Zealand architects wanting to make this move should apply to the relevant state or territorial registration authority, these being:
• NSW Architects Registration Board
• Architects Registration Board of Victoria
• Board of Architects of Queensland
• Architectural Practice Board of South Australia
• Architects Board of Western Australia
• Australian Capital Territory Architects Board
• Board of Architects of Tasmania
• Northern Territory Architects Board.
Some state or territorial boards may want further information from the New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB) regarding the applicant’s registration status, but they will advise.
United States of America
The national and federal architects' registration bodies of Australia, the USA and New Zealand are signatories to the Australia, United States of America, New Zealand Mutual Recognition Arrangement.
This means that a New Zealand (or Australian) architect is eligible for licensure in those US states and territories that have chosen to be parties to the arrangement. Currently these are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Connecticut, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
To be eligible, an applicant from New Zealand must:
• be a New Zealand Registered Architect (ie hold a current Annual Certificate of Registration)
• be of good standing
• be a New Zealand citizen or have lawful permanent residency in New Zealand
• have completed at least 6,000 hours (approximately 3 years) of post-registration experience practicing as a Registered Architect in New Zealand
• NOT have gained his or her New Zealand registration as a result of a foreign reciprocal licensing arrangement.
Process: The participating US state and territorial licesning authorities listed above have agreed to issue a license to practise to eligible New Zealand Registered Architects that have been issued an NCARB Certificate via this arrangement.
New Zealand Registered Architects wanting to apply should notify the NZRAB and contact the US National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) to apply for an NCARB Certificate. NCARB represents the 54 architectural licensing boards of the USA.
As part of the process, the applicant will need to provide the NZRAB with a Declaration of Professional Experience which is completed by the applicant. Once the NZRAB has this it will prepare a Letter of Good Standing and a Credential/Evaluation Summary and forward these and the Declaration of Professional Experience to NCARB.
The NZRAB will not declare a New Zealand Architect to be of good standing if:
• he or she is currently subject to disciplinary proceedings
• he or she has been subject to a disciplinary penalty in the last three years
• he or she is currently being required to undertake a competence review as a result of a specific competence concern
• the NZRAB has some other fundamental concern about the architect.
NCARB will then issue the applicant's NCARB Certificate and forward it and the other documents to the participating state or territory nominated by the applicant. The applicant will then need to apply to be licensed with the licensing board in the participating state or territory where he or she wants to practise.
Some US states and territories may require an additional state-specific assessment, which has to be done by all applicants from other states in the US and elsewhere.