Continuing Professional Development for Architects

The Board of Architects, on behalf of the Director of Building Control, will be monitoring and auditing the compliance of architects to the CPD requirements under the Scheme for the Accreditation of Building Practitioners.  The current requirement is 20 hours per year

As such, as part of the renewal process for architects registration in December each year, architects will be required to provide a declaration relating to the CPD undertaken in the past 12 months.

While CPD it is not mandatory for architects who are not licenced building practitioners, the Board believes all practicing architects need to maintain and develop their knowledge, skills and competence in today’s ever changing environment to provide a higher standard of service to consumers.

The Architects’ model statutory Code of  Professional Standards and Conduct which was prepared jointly by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia and the Royal Australian Institute of Architects state at item 7.1:

“An architect must maintain and improve skills and knowledge necessary for the provision of the services through structured programmes of professional education”

Consumers can expect and architect to adhere to this Code and the Board will use the code when considering a complaint against an architect.

The expectation is that architects will obtain 10 formal and 10 informal CPD hours/points per year.