13 January 2017
Architecture registration authorities in the US and Australia have reached a landmark agreement for cross-border licensing of architects.
As of 1 January 2017, Australian architects can register with one of 29 participating US architectural licensing boards without further assessment.
Under the mutual recognition agreement, signed by US and Australian registration authorities, Australian architects with a permanent residency/citizenship and at least 6,000 hours of experience will be able to seek registration from a participating licensor.
The agreement will allow Australian architects to work as a sole practitioners on US soil.
Australians will need to apply for a certificate of registration through the US National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), which will be honoured by all 29 jurisdictions that have accepted the arrangement.