The 2019 Harry Seidler Award | Dangrove | Tzannes | NSW | Photographer: Ben Guthrie

Continuing Professional Development

Institute members are required by the Code of Professional Conduct to provide professional services conscientiously and competently. To achieve this, we encourage all our members to improve their professional knowledge and competence through participation in various CPD activities.

This four-part intensive program of Heritage HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) sessions has been developed to give heritage and non-heritage architects key skills and knowledge for navigating the statutory and philosophical frameworks relating to heritage throughout Australia. 

This live webinar bootcamp series is available as an 8 point CPD bundle or individual 2 point CPD sessions outlined below:

Why protect Australia’s cultural heritage? 
Thursday 18 August 10:00-12:00 AEST

Assessing and managing significance 
Thursday 25 August 12:00-14:00 AEST

Conservation in action: traditional materials and trades
Thursday 8 September 12:00-14:00 AEST

Showcasing heritage: design case studies 
15 September 12:00-14:00 AEST

2 CPD Point Session: Non members $149; Members $99
8 CPD Point Bundle: Non members $530; Members $350


Requirements for Architects and Members

States where annual completion of CPD is compulsory

  • New South Wales (CPD year ends 30 June)
  • Western Australia (CPD year ends 30 June)
  • Tasmania (CPD year ends 31 March)
  • South Australia (CPD year ends 30 June)
  • Queensland (CPD year ends 31 March)
  • Victoria (CPD year ends 30 June)

CPD requirements for A+ Members

A+ is a commitment to best practice and the future of architecture. As such, A+ Members are also required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of CPD every year, including a minimum of 10 formal hours. All A+ CPD requirements are in line with state requirements. Western Australia requires 20 points of which at least 12 must be Core CPD Points.

Check with your local registration board for your relevant CPD requirements.

Competency Standards

CPD activities have defined learning outcomes linked to one or more units of competency defined by the National Competency Standards in Architecture. 

These competency standards are occupational functions all registered architects must efficiently perform in their practice.

The Four Units of Competency:

  • Design
  • Documentation
  • Project Delivery
  • Practice Management.
Rundle Mall Plaza | Hames Sharley | Photographer: Daniel Trimboli

Managing your CPD

Kilmarnock | Kerry Hill Architects | Photographer: Robert Frith

CPD Type

Formal CPD

  • Activities that include formal assessment or have ‘significant interaction’ between presenter and participant
  • All formal CPD is self-assessed and should be kept as part of your records.

Informal CPD

  • Activities that do not require formal assessment or significant interaction between presenter and participant.

Voluntary activities can also count towards CPD. Please refer to your state or territory Architects Registration Board for details about all CPD requirements.

CPD Points


  • Points are allocated on the basis of one (1) point for every hour of involvement for both formal and informal activities
  • The accepted minimum commitment from registered practising architects is 20 points per annum (at least 10 formal) in a minimum of two (2) competency units.


  • In some cases, limits have been applied to the number of points that can be allocated to a single activity. While these tend to apply to less structured, generally informal activities such as reading or attending meetings, some formal CPD activities also have limits.

Check with your local registration board for details.

  • Points can only be allocated to the educational components of an event. Time allocated for refreshment breaks, registration, drinks or networking sessions etc cannot be claimed towards points.

Recording your CPD activities

Architects are required to manage their own CPD records and maintain records relating to each CPD activity for a period of five years.

Check with your local registration board for your relevant CPD requirements.


Online CPD

In addition to local webinars we have online courses available on demand, featuring content from past National Seminar Series, National Architecture Conferences and more. 

Face-to-face Events

The Institute delivers a range of face-to-face CPD events around the country including seminars, workshops and conferences addressing all aspects of architectural practice. Events are held in regional and metro locations at both national and chapter levels.


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