Continuing Professional Development for Architects

The Board of Architects, on behalf of the Executive Director of Consumer, Building and Occupational Services (Dale Webster) is 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.

While CPD it is not mandatory for architects who are not licensed building services providers (under the Occupational Licensing Act with the Department of Justice), 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.

As part of the renewal process for architects’ registration in December each year, architects will be required to provide a statutory declaration relating to CPD undertaken in the past twelve months.  Licensed building services providers will be required to submit a list of the activities undertaken and referenced to the competencies. A pro forma CPD Report  (word version) is available.  A list submitted to another Architects Board in Australia or the Department of Justice for renewal of registration/licensing in the last 7 months will be acceptable.  This record should be keep for a period of 5 years.   Random audits of the CPD will be undertaken.

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 states 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 an architect to adhere to this Code and the Board will use the Code when considering a complaint against an architect.

In accordance with the AACA/RAIA Joint Policy on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) the expectation is that architects will complete at least twenty (20) hours per year  – where one hour in training equates to one CPD point.  Activities in each year should relate to a minimum of two units in the National Architecture Competency Standards – Design, Documentation, Practice Management and Project Management.

As such the Board requires all architects to complete and return to the Board via email, post etc the enclosed statutory declaration indicating:

  • their current practicing status
  • whether or not they have complied with:
    1. their legislative requirement (for licensed building services providers) or
    2. the model statutory Code of Professional Standards and Conduct for all other architects.

Architects complying with the CPD requirements will be recorded in the register, listed on the Board’s website and any other Board public listings as being CPD compliant.  Where an architect is a licensed building services provider and does not provide a statutory declaration indicating that they have complied with the CPD requirements, the Board will notify the Director of Building Control.