Required Work Experience For Pathway 1

The relevant work experience required for initial registration via Pathway 1 is outlined below:

Option 1:

  • 140 weeks practical experience.
  • Of this 95 weeks must be subsequent to obtaining the recognised qualification (from the date the degree is issued).
  • At least 45 weeks must be spent under the direction of a Registered Architect in New Zealand.  Both the supervising architect and the applicant must share the same normal place of work and the supervision must take place on a project by project basis.
  • Up to 45 weeks practical experience may be gained working in other sections of the building industry, or while self-employed. Suitable employment would include working with a construction firm, sub-trade, interior designer, designer, quantity surveyor, town planner, urban designer, or structural or services engineer.

Option 2:

  • 260 weeks (5 years) practical experience.
  • Of this 215 weeks must be subsequent to obtaining the recognised qualification (from the date the degree is issued).
  • At least 85 weeks must be spent in the practice of architecture in New Zealand.  

For both options:

  • experience periods must be not less than four consecutive weeks.
  • the closing date for practical experience is the date the registration application is made.
  • post-graduate study or research of up to 45 weeks may be considered as practical experience.
  • for overseas experience, other than in Australia, to be included, applicants’ overseas employers must provide references stating the period of employment.

If you don't have the required work experience, you need to undertake an Qualifications and Experience Assessment.

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