As part of the APEC Architect Framework, monitoring committees carry out administrative functions for the project within participating economies. Monitoring committees do this on the basis of delegated authority from the APEC Architect Project Central Council.
Monitoring committees do the following:
- undertake assessments to determine whether applicants meet the required standard and therefore shall be admitted to the Register as APEC Architects
- operate the APEC Architect Register within each economy
- where appropriate, facilitate with relevant registration authorities bilateral or multilateral arrangements to allow APEC Architects to seek registration in other participating host economies
- contribute to the APEC Architect Project as a whole via Central Council
- make public information about the APEC Architect Project.
Assessment of Candidates for Registration
For an Architect to be admitted to the APEC Architect Register, the monitoring committee in the economy where the architect resides must:
- authenticate the applicant's architectural education and practical experience and certify it as satisfying the APEC Architect criteria
- evaluate the seven-year period of professional experience as a registered / licensed practitioner required in order to be an APEC Architect.
Monitoring committees also have a duty to confirm that their APEC Architects continue to be registered/licensed as architects in their home economies. In addition, monitoring committees must advise Central Council if the standards of architectural education in their home economies changes in such a way as to be materially at odds with the APEC Architect standard.
APEC Architect Register
The central duty of each monitoring committee is to establish and maintain its section of the online APEC Architect Register. Each section records the APEC Architects in that economy. Once an architect qualifies as an APEC Architect his or her name is recorded on the register.
Monitoring committees are empowered to facilitate voluntary arrangements between participating economies that allow for fast-track cross border registrations/licensing of APEC Architects. These arrangements have to be made by the registration/licensing authorities of participating economies. More information on this is available here.
Contribute to Central Council
Monitoring committees are the constituent bodies of the APEC Architect Central Council. Each monitoring committee nominates at least one representative to the APEC Architect Central Council, although there is no restriction on the number of members they appoint. It is expected that representatives will be able to speak on behalf of the regulatory authority in their economy. Each monitoring committee is entitled to one vote on the Central Council.
Information and Communication
At six monthly intervals monitoring committees are expected to complete a Council Report on their APEC Architect registration activities and any other significant developments during the period, for circulation to all participating economies. Monitoring committees also promote the benefits of registration as an APEC Architect to members of the profession and to regulatory authorities and other relevant organisations.
Application for Authorisation
An APEC economy seeking to operate a section of the APEC Architect Register must first constitute a monitoring committee to submit an application to the APEC Architect Central Council, through the Secretariat, for authorisation to do so.
In determining whether or not authorisation will be granted, the Central Council will require advice on:
- the professional recognition criteria and assessment systems in place in the economy
- education and practical experience/training requirements for registration/licensure as an architect in the economy
- the accreditation/ recognition procedures employed to assess registration applicants
- the procedures and quality assurance provisions used to assess compliance with the required professional practice experience as a registered/licensed architect.
- the composition of the Monitoring Committee
- how the Monitoring Committee will manage its section of the APEC Architect Register
- the resources available for undertaking these responsibilities.
In economies with multiple domestic jurisdictions, where applicable, the professional standards and criteria established by national organisations acting as councils of individual regulatory authorities shall be evaluated for the authorisation of monitoring committees.