PALS | your pathway to registration

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Get set for success with PALS

For over 20 years the Institute has been helping graduates prepare for the Architectural Practice Exam (APE) and providing critical tools to help architects succeed in practice.

Developed by expert Institute members around the country, the Practice of Architecture Learning Series (PALS) program offers full online access to 21 modules, live case study sessions and access to Acumen practice notes. This comprehensive course covers the National Standards of Competency for Architects.

Our dedicated team is here to help and support you throughout your PALS journey and beyond. If you have any queries or feedback reach out to us directly at any time via:

why sign up for PALS?

What's included?

Multi-user discounts available at all levels – contact us at

live case study sessions 2022

Session 2 dates:
Thursday 30 June 2022
Thursday 7 July 2022
Thursday 14 July 2022
Thursday 21 July 2022
Thursday, 28 July 2022
Thursday, 4 August 2022
Thursday 11 August 2022

Architectural Practice Examination (APE) Dates 2022. For more information please visit the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) Website:
1 – 12 April
2 – 13 Sep

Have a question? Find the answer here

If you still can’t find the answer to your question, get in touch with our friendly PALS team via and they’ll help you out.

You can subscribe anytime to commence immediate access to all PALS resources for 12 months.

The PALS program is focused around 21 learning modules. Each module addresses a key knowledge area assessed in the APE. each module contains a presentation delivered by an industry expert with accompanying notes.

To reinforce what you’ve learned in the Modules, we provide a series of  livestream events working though Case Studies. These fully interactive webinars are designed to hone your ability to analyse, evaluate and respond to real-world situations. Convened by highly experienced professionals and topic area experts the Case Study sessions provide an opportunity to apply the theories and principles learnt throughout the modules.

Have a quick look at sample of what you can expect here.

Once purchased, graduates have access to the PALS program for 12 months.

Your full year’s subscription includes access to:

  • The full program of 21 pre-recorded online module presentations that you can view in your own time.
  • An invitation to join us for our live Case Study sessions
  • Access to recent Case Study recordings
  • 12 months access to Acumen notes
  • If you are a member of the Institute you can also access our PALS Community page.

This in-depth program includes a final module which focuses specifically on preparing for the exam, and is presented by an APE examiner.

The main reference material for the program is the Institute’s highly regarded Acumen practice notes, and the course includes full access to Acumen for 12 months.

The program also includes access to Case Study sessions facilitated by experienced architects. You will be able to ask questions, explore case studies and learn how to apply your new knowledge in a virtual classroom.

Approximately one to one and a half hours long.

No, they are not compulsory. PALS is a user driven program, we have provided a suite of resources that you can use as much or as little of as you like to prepare yourself.

We do recommend you take advantage of what is available including attending as many case study sessions.

Yes, to get the most out of the online tutorials we suggest you cover the relevant modules. There are 21 modules, each online tutorial session is set up to cover case studies and questions to specific modules (e.g. 1-3). Further information can be found on the PALS Welcome page.

Of course we hope all PALS subscribers will pass, but you will have access to the PALS program for one year.

You will have access to the recordings of the online tutor sessions. The online learning modules and Acumen access have been designed to make available to everyone the tools and resources to prepare for the exam.

To buy PALS, simply head over to our PALS registration page and follow the instructions. If you already have a membership or user record, please have your login and password details handy.

If you are currently a member of the Institute you can buy PALS straight away at the special discounted rate by logging into the PALS registration page with your Australian Institute of Architects member number (e.g.: 54321) and your usual password.

That’s great! As an Institute member, you’ll receive some great benefits and discounted pricing for PALS too. Find out more about becoming a member or you can join online now.

Yes. In addition to the other member discounts and benefits, you can buy PALS for $863 pp instead of $1346. If you are eligible for A+ membership, PALS is discounted even further to $561 pp. Additional discounts also apply for multi-user purchases. For more information and to check out the benefits of becoming an Institute member, head over to our Memberships Page.

Yes, and the amount will vary according to the number of users. For example, A+ members get approximately 35% off for 2-5 users. Multi-user options are great for larger firms. Please email for multi-user discounts.

Please contact the team at, stating the number of users required and your contact details. The person you nominate will then be contacted to begin the registration process.

You can still buy PALS as a non-member and pay the full price. Keep in mind that, depending on your graduate level, it may actually cost less to become an Institute member and then purchase PALS than it does to buy PALS as a non-member. Please note that non members do not receive access to the Communities forum.

The Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB) administers Governments legislation regulating architects under the Architects Act.

They regulate and oversee the exams, logbooks, registrations or submission and APE dates. For any APE questions please refer to the AACA website.

The Australian Institute of Architects, that delivers the PALS course, is a membership organisation and represents the industry and practice of the architect. PALS prepares graduates for the APE exams and develops their pathway in practice.

The Institute’s PALS course does not regulate or oversee the exams, logbooks, registration or submission and APE dates.

Acumen is the Institute’s online database of architectural practice advisory material. Acumen content is structured under Practice, Project and Resource streams. Each stream enables the user to ‘drill down’ to the level of information required to satisfy their inquiry. Purchase of the PALS program includes 12 months subscription to Acumen.

Each module contains links to supplementary Acumen material on the main topics to give you more in-depth knowledge. Once the PALS module takes you to the relevant Acumen entry, you will need to log in using the same login details you use for PALS.

Yes, the PALS modules cover all the essentials of architectural practice, so they make an ideal refresher course for architects returning to work.

Yes, because the PALS modules are an excellent, self-paced and easily accessible learning tool for architects and other design professionals who want to familiarise themselves with the essential aspects of Australian architectural practice.

No. PALS and Acumen are sold as a fully integrated package that is set up to give you personal, convenient and at-home access.

Member Testimonials

PALS Experience

In Part 1, members talk about the key benefits of doing PALS, the online modules and Acumen Practice Notes, and the collegiate experience of the face-to-face tutorials when grappling with the Architectural Practice Exam together. They finish off by relating some of their most memorable moments from the course.


To register for PALS, simply head over to our PALS registration page and follow the instructions.


In Part 2, they talk about how they used PALS to prepare for the APE and all aspects of the registration process, such as the logbook. They conclude by discussing the greater value of PALS; insights for day-to-day practice, confidence for starting your own practice and a greater knowledge base.


To register for PALS, simply head over to our PALS registration page and follow the instructions.