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