The Architects Register Admission Examination is designed for experienced individuals working in professional environments. Assessments are set within a framework of required competences and defined subject areas.

The innovative examination structure has been tailored to test areas of knowledge acquired through practice, and to allow candidates to demonstrate design skill and professional competence.

The examination is arranged over one calendar year in three phases:

Stage 1 - Assessment of Eligibility and Verification of Experience

This Stage requires candidates to quantify and substantiate their professional experience and demonstrate 'seven years at a level commensurate with that of an architect'. The submission takes the form of drawings and documentation in a pre-defined format. Candidates are issued with template documents for this purpose. Stage 1 submissions are usually accepted in January and June each year, subject to demand.

Stage 2 – Assessment of Competence in Design

This Stage comprises four written examinations in the subject areas of Critical Analysis, Structure & Technology, Environment & Performance and History & Culture. In addition, there is a five-day Design Project. Stage 2 takes places in May (4 days) and June (5 days) each year, subject to demand.

Stage 3 – Assessment of Competence in Practice

This Stage comprises four written examinations in the subject areas of Architectural Practice, Construction Legislation, Procurement & Contract, Case Study & Practical Experience (oral examination). Stage 3 takes places in December (4 days) and January (1 hour) each year, subject to demand.


"ARAE is challenging for both examinees and assessors … It asks them to step out of their comfort zone…. There is a shift away from the focus on product to an emphasis on process and method…". ARAE 2011 Assessor.