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CPD Guideline

This Guideline sets out the ARBV’s approach to Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Issued February 2020

This guideline is issued pursuant to regulation 7 of the Architects Regulations 2015, which empowers the ARBV to prepare guidelines on professional conduct and practice for architects, approved partnerships or approved companies.

Requirement for continuing professional development

The Victorian Architects Code of Professional Conduct (Code) requires architects to maintain suitable skills and knowledge.  The ARBV refers to this as a requirement for ‘continuing professional development’ or ‘CPD’.  The requirement applies to architects registered in the practising class (architects (practising)). This is not a new requirement.

In order to comply with this requirement, the ARBV recommends that architects (practising) follow the ARBV Continuing Professional Development Framework.  The framework was updated in December 2019. Architects may also choose to follow a different method they consider to be appropriate.

Architects (practising) should develop a CPD plan that addresses the maintenance, development and enhancement of their own professional knowledge and skills.

Architects (practising) must maintain records of their CPD activities.  The ARBV may seek to inspect architect’s CPD records.


From registration renewal on 1 July 2020, the ARBV will require architects (practising) to make a declaration that they have maintained suitable skills and knowledge for the architectural services they provide.  This declaration will relate to the registration period immediately preceding renewal (i.e. for the period 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020).

See Continuing Professional Development for more information.