Academic Entry Criteria

Academic Entry Criteria

Entry to the API as a Provisional Member with Residential Property Valuer or an Associate Member is based on the qualifications, experience and demonstrated competence of each applicant.  

Details of the experience and tests required to be passed to meet the experience and competence tests can be found via the Membership Level pages under Membership.

The academic requirements can be summarised into three different areas:

  1. Completion of an API Accredited Course
  2. A combination of non-accredited qualifications and experience
  3. Completion of a decade or more of relevant experience (only available to applicants for Associate Membership with Certified Practising Valuer (Plant and Machinery))


Completion of an API Accredited Course

An API Accredited Course is defined as any course on the API's Accredited Courses list.  Applicants who are seeking to access one of the API's Certifications will need to have completed an Accredited Course where the Certification being sought is listed against that course.

In addition to their qualification, applicants joining the API via this pathway will need to have either:

  • one year of residential valuation experience achieved within the two years immediately prior to applying if applying for Provisional Membership with Residential Property Valuer
  • two years of full time (or equivalent) property experience achieved within the four years immediately prior to applying if applying for Associate Membership 
  • two years of full time (or equivalent) experience which has been achieved within the four years immediately prior to applying if applying for Associate Membership with a Certification.  When applying for a Certification the two years of experience must be directly related to the Certification being applied for.

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Completion of a non-accredited Degree

A non-accredited degree is one which has certain similarities to an API Accredited Course or impart a skill which is considered to be of benefit to those embarking on a property career.  However, as they are not a purely property related qualification they have a different pathway to membership.

Examples of non-accredited Degrees are:

  • Commerce / Economics
  • Finance
  • Law
  • Environmental
  • Architecture
  • Bachelor of Environments Degree (Property Major) Melbourne University
  • Civil, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
  • Town Planning
  • Quantity Surveying / Surveying Degrees
  • Building and Construction Degrees
  • Business Degrees (can include marketing majors & MBA)
  • Agricultural Degrees (to be considered on a case by case basis)
  • Statistics (to be considered on a case by case basis)
  • Urban Geography (to be considered on a case by case basis)
  • Other Degrees can be considered by the API on a case by case basis.

Applicants with a non-accredited Degree should contact the API's Education Team for advice about their pathway to API Membership.

Contact:  Education Team
Email:education@api.org.au

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Completion of a decade or more of relevant experience

Due to the absence of formal university level qualifications in plant and machinery valuation, applicants for Associate Membership with Certified Practising Valuer (Plant and Machinery) have an option to join the API if they have achieved 10 years of experience in plant and machinery valuation as long as that experience has covered at least five of the following areas:

  • Engineering
  • Food and beverage processing
  • Laboratories
  • Contractors' Machinery
  • Computers
  • Mining
  • Process plants
  • Printing and publishing
  • Woodworking
  • Pulp and paper
  • Textiles
  • Plastics and rubber
  • Agricultural machinery
  • Transportation equipment
  • Communications
  • Utilities
  • Government Facilities

Applicants for Certified Practising Valuer (Plant and Machinery) who are unsure of their pathway to membership should contact the API's Membership Team for advice about their pathway to API Membership.

Contact:  National Membership Admissions Manager
Email:membership@api.org.au

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