National Seminar Series 2018

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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.



Join or renew your membership for 2019 by 20 December 2018 and be rewarded with 20% off the member price for PALS ($628 from $785). ($628 from $785)  


  • Members must have joined or renewed their 2019 membership by 20 December 2018 to be eligible for the discounted price.
  • Registrants must send an email request to with their name and member number to obtain the discounted price or, 
  • New or re-joining graduate members must complete and return the graduate membership application form including their declaration to register for PALS at the reduced rate.  Download Graduate application (PALS) form here.
  • Discounted PALS registration not transferrable. 
  • Not available to A+ members. 

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.