National Seminar Series 2018

PALS (Practice of Architecture Learning Series)

PALS has been developed by expert members to cover the full scope of issues that architects deal with on a daily basis. PALS is comprised of 15 self-contained online modules and face-to-face tutorials with practicing architects and local experts. PALS tutorials are held in the local state and territory offices, and registration includes full access to Acumen.

The objectives of the PALS program are:

  • to consolidate knowledge and skills in architectural practice as a sound foundation for successful completion of the Architectural Practice Examination
  • to improve capabilities more broadly in day-to-day practice within the profession
  • to act as a refresher course for those coming back to the profession or moving here from another country

Go to the PALS website.


In this video series: "The PALS Experience", past PALS participants Sarah, John, Joshua and Naomi share their experience with the program, and how it helped them prepare for the APE and general architectural practice.

In Part 1, they talk about the key benefits of doing PALS, the online modules and Acumen notes, and the collegiate experience of the face to face tutorials when grappling with the APE together. They finish off by relating some of their memorable moments from the course.

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.