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Old 23rd January 2010, 12:56 PM
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Hello,
I was wondering if anyone could help.

We are planning on emmigrating using the 175 Skilled Migration Visa, and we are at the start of the process, and about to get my skills assessed.

I have been working as an architect in the UK for over 5 years now. I did my Master degree in Architecture in Poland, but this is not automatically recognised by the RIBA (UK architects board).

The assessing body in Australia is the AACA, and was wondering if anyone had experience going through their recognition process? We would like to know

1. Is it possible to gain recognition with my Masters degree only.
2. They dont seem to want any details about work experience, is it wise to submit this anyway, and are there any other documents we would be reccomended to send over and above what is required?

I am taking my Polish accreditation exams in June, and this would entitle me to be offically called an Architect in both the UK and Poland. We dont know if it best to wait until I've passed the exam, or submit now as we are desperate to get to Australia before starting a family.

Does anyone have experience of going through the AACA with this Polish (or any other non-recongnised UK) qualification?

Many thanks

Kamila

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Hi Kamila,

I'm a UK qualified architect (since 1994) who emigrated to Brisbane in June 2009, and am currently going through the AACA process. I sent my academic equivalency application in last week.

I came over on a Spouse visa as I was under the impression that architects had been dropped from the Skilled Migrant programme due to the plentiful availability of local job candidates - I hope I'm wrong!

The AACA process happens in stages, the first of which is to establish 'equivalency' of the migrant's academic qualifications to those of Australia.
They will only assess your professional experience once you've had a successful review of your academic qualifications, so there is no point in sending information on your work experience just yet - they would probably send it back & perhaps send back the whole application.
In theory it should make no difference whether your qualifications are Polish or British - they system is meant to be even handed, and UK qualifications (quite rightly) do not get any special recognition.
I would carefully go through the requirements listed on the AACA website, and make sure you provide no more or no less than they ask.

You will need to do the same registration process whether or not you are an EU/UK/Polish recognised architect, so there's no benefit in waiting, and I've been told the Aussie assessment process can take 4-6 months.

Once the academic assessment is done, the professional assessment includes 2 years of log sheets, including 1 year in Australia, so keep copies of any log sheets or timesheets you already have - the AACA logsheets have just gone online so you can start filling in (a year of) your UK experience for future use anytime.

Make sure you continue with your Polish qualifications now, otherwise you'd have to do the same process in reverse should you ever want to return to Europe - there's no mutual recognition of Architect qualifications between Australia and other countries (except New Zealand).

I hope this helps - any questions just ask....

Good luck!

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Hello,
I was wondering if anyone could help.

We are planning on emmigrating using the 175 Skilled Migration Visa, and we are at the start of the process, and about to get my skills assessed.

I have been working as an architect in the UK for over 5 years now. I did my Master degree in Architecture in Poland, but this is not automatically recognised by the RIBA (UK architects board).

The assessing body in Australia is the AACA, and was wondering if anyone had experience going through their recognition process? We would like to know

1. Is it possible to gain recognition with my Masters degree only.
2. They dont seem to want any details about work experience, is it wise to submit this anyway, and are there any other documents we would be reccomended to send over and above what is required?

I am taking my Polish accreditation exams in June, and this would entitle me to be offically called an Architect in both the UK and Poland. We dont know if it best to wait until I've passed the exam, or submit now as we are desperate to get to Australia before starting a family.

Does anyone have experience of going through the AACA with this Polish (or any other non-recongnised UK) qualification?

Many thanks

Kamila

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Hello Shaun,

I am also an UK registered architect (qualified in 2008) and entered the country on a Temporary Spouse visa. I have been in Sydney since April 2009 and have just started looking into getting registered here.

I am wondering whether you have had to fill out Form R, and if you did, whether you know AACA recognises having a temporary spouse visa as having "a permanent residency status"; or do i need to wait for another year until I gain the full Spouse Visa?


Many thanks,
Jeanie

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Hi Jeanie,

I'm on a Class 309 Visa. From 'googling' Form R, it appears to relate to the Skilled Migrant programme, classes 475/487. My understanding is the spoue visa counts as 'permanent residency', but I've not had any feedback from AACA yet. I guess the worst case is that they'd sit on my application fr a year?

Hope you're enjoying Sydney!

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Hello Shaun,

I am also an UK registered architect (qualified in 2008) and entered the country on a Temporary Spouse visa. I have been in Sydney since April 2009 and have just started looking into getting registered here.

I am wondering whether you have had to fill out Form R, and if you did, whether you know AACA recognises having a temporary spouse visa as having "a permanent residency status"; or do i need to wait for another year until I gain the full Spouse Visa?


Many thanks,
Jeanie

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Hi Kamila...

I am in similar position. Don't know if my degree is enough to get 60 points for being an architect...

Can you let me know if you got some additional knowledge regarding australian assessment.

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Przemek

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Hello everyone,

I would like to share my experience just recently about getting an assessment from AACA. I got my 5 year architectural bachelor degree in the Philippines and became registered there in 1995. As I am planning to migrate to Australia, I sent my formM (Provisional Assessment of Academic Qualifications in Architecture for Migration Purpose) last April together with the rest of listed requirements, all certified true copies. Just this week I received the result saying "not suitable" due to the opinion stated that my academic record does not evidence equivalence to an accredited professional course in architecture in Australia. Other than this general statement, the only specific comment was saying that my academic qualification failed to meet the minimum of 5 years full-time duration of architectural course, the core areas of study being design, technology, professional studies, history and communication. This made me shook my head for a minute and thinking where I failed on this. My credential gives it all.
Now here’s the thing, there’s an attached form called “provisional assessment appeal form” by which I could lodge an appeal stating my disagreement and the reason to justify this and send this form to AACA together with another 4 sets of all the documents I submitted initially and ofcourse with another fee of 750Aus$. I am really torn between doing this appeal or not. I could hardly imagine that AACA could fail to see the weight of my credential against what is just mentioned above. Odd as it may seem but can anyone tell me if it’s quite normal that one has to go through justifying an appeal to end and satisfy the whole process? I am also wondering if it’s because of the country where I had my education, but as far as I know, Australia has opened its gate to multi-cultured migrants, thus would not be racial bias in its evaluation process. I do not mind spending another amount of time and money to lodge my appeal but I need to gain certain level of assurance that racial bias is not really the case here. I’m seeking some information if there are East-Asian (or Filipino in particular) Architects who made it to Australia as migrants. This would give me some hint of some chance to still make it if I push through with this appeal. Any information is much appreciated.

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Hm, I won't be able to help you with the appeal as I was recognized without any comments. My study subject sounds the same so not sure why you weren't recognized.

Sorry I can't help mate.

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any architect who has got positive skill assessment and about to apply for EOI?

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any architect who has got positive skill assessment and about to apply for EOI?
hey there..got apositive skills assessment from AACA last december.

My paperwork is well underway - am only waiting for my mdes to be finalised before the Visa Grant - i applied before the new EOI kicked in place- May 2012 to be exact.

Most Indian architects clear the assesment - esp if u are following the syllabus set out by COA. Rgds,
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hey there..got apositive skills assessment from AACA last december.

My paperwork is well underway - am only waiting for my mdes to be finalised before the Visa Grant - i applied before the new EOI kicked in place- May 2012 to be exact.

Most Indian architects clear the assesment - esp if u are following the syllabus set out by COA. Rgds,
Nice to hear from you. Do we need to apply for RAE/RGE for getting job as an archiitect.
What do you plan to do? Please let me know.
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