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CPD Framework

Overview

Architects registered in the practising class must complete a minimum of 20 hours of CPD per registration year (1 July to 30 June).  10 hours must be ‘formal CPD’ activities.

CPD must relate to practice as an architect linked to relevant performance criteria across at least two separate units in the National Standard of Competency for Architects

Architects should develop their CPD plan considering the maintenance, development and enhancement of their own professional knowledge and skills.

Formal CPD

Formal CPD activities are educational activities with stated learning outcomes that are formally assessed or include significant interaction between the presenter and the learner. Formal CPD activities are in addition to activities generally undertaken in the normal course of practice or employment.

Learning outcomes must be clearly stated by the provider of the activity and mapped to relevant Units of Competency / Performance Criteria from the National Standard of Competency for Architects. Presenters must have appropriate academic, technical or practical expertise.

Formal CPD activities generally fall under six broad categories:

  • Provider-delivered activities that include a structured assessment task that genuinely tests participants’ understanding of content (there is no maximum no of hours per year that may be claimed in this category)
  • Provider-delivered activities that are structured to include significant interaction between the presenter and the participant, such as a structured workshop where participants are required to complete an individual or group task (there is no maximum no of hours per year that may be claimed in this category)
  • Activities relating to the preparation and delivery of CPD activities (a maximum 5 hours per year may be claimed in this category)
  • Activities relating to the teaching of architecture at a tertiary level that involve significant preparation and/or scholarship, as in the development of new course and/or lecture content and/or the definition of new curriculum (a maximum 5 hours per year may be claimed in this category)
  • Structured training activities delivered by architect registration boards and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia for Examiners and Assessors who are engaged in the assessment of candidates of the various pathways to registration or in the assessment of Providers of accredited architecture programs (1 hour per year may be claimed for any one type of training activity, up to a maximum of 3 hours per year in this category)
  • Authorship of published articles, books, papers (a maximum 5 hours per year may be claimed in this category)

Informal CPD

Informal CPD activities include self-directed study and professional activities that relate to practice as an architect. Informal CPD activities must be educational, include new knowledge and skills acquired or shared with peers and are in addition to activities generally undertaken in the normal course of practice or employment.

Learning outcomes can be identified from each activity but there is no requirement that the activity includes assessment or significant interaction between the presenter and the participant. A maximum of two hours may be claimed for any one informal CPD activity.

Examples of Informal CPD activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Self-directed study of practice notes, technical/professional journals, podcasts, etc
  • Talks and presentations by peers
  • Design lectures and seminars
  • Structured visits to building sites, buildings and exhibitions
  • Conferences (Note that where a conference offers a specific CPD event or a stream of CPD sessions, these may qualify as Formal CPD if the requirements for Formal CPD outlined above are met)
  • Involvement in mentoring programs
  • Tutoring in architecture at a tertiary level where there is no significant preparation and/or involvement in the development of new content or curriculum (e.g. Design studio tutoring, where architects are often not required to do any preparation)
  • Marking work produced by architecture students at a tertiary level (such as a guest critic role or other marking undertaken by a tutor)
  • Participation as an Examiner or Assessor for the Architectural Practice Examination or any other pathway to registration
  • Participation in professional practice committees and advisory groups through professional associations, regulatory authorities, or government bodies, such as Standards Australia

 

Architects' CPD Records

A CPD record is valid for reporting purposes in any jurisdiction in Australia. Architects are required to keep records of their activities for at least 5 years.

The following information must be included in a CPD record:

Auditing architects’ CPD activities

The ARBV will audit architect’s CPD activities based on risk. This may include requesting copies of an architect’s CPD records when the architect is the subject of a complaint or investigation.

Exemptions

Architects may be exempt from completing some or all of the CPD requirements in any one registration year if approved by the ARBV or relevant architect registration board.

The ARBV requires architects registered in the practising class to meet the CPD requirements; architects registered in the non-practising class are exempt.

Where an architect is granted registration in the practising class part-way through the registration year, only holds registration for part of the registration year or has experienced special circumstances (e.g. illness, extended absence from work such as parental leave) pro rata CPD requirements will apply.

Guidance for providers of CPD for architects

The ARBV and other architect registration boards do not accredit CPD activities. Providers of CPD for architects should be familiar with the requirements as outlined in this Framework.

To facilitate architects making an informed choice about relevant CPD and meeting their reporting obligations to architect registration boards, providers are advised to:

  • Clearly state the learning objectives and assessment (or opportunities for significant interaction by participants) for formal CPD activities
  • Specify which performance criteria/units of competency from the National Standard of Competency for Architects are addressed in the activity
  • Provide a statement of completion for each participant including the following information:
    • Date
    • Name of Activity
    • Provider
    • Category of activity (Formal/Informal)
    • Hours claimed
    • How the activity relates to performance criteria/units of competency from the

National Standard of Competency for Architects

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