Continuing Professional Development
The Architects Act 2002 (Section 16) requires the Board to be satisfied that an architect has maintained an appropriate level of knowledge, skill and competence in order to renew a person’s registration. The Board’s preferred method of demonstrating this requirement is participation in a continuing professional development (CPD) program. CPD activities are required to show a relationship to the National Standard of Competency for Architects (NSCA) – Design, Documentation, Project Delivery and Practice Management.
The Board has developed a CPD policy based on a joint policy developed by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia and the Australian Institute of Architects. In this way, architects that are registered in more than one state or territory need only keep one set of CPD records. N.B. For administrative ease, the Board requires architects to report on their CPD activities at the time of annual renewal of registration: the CPD year therefore is from 1 April to 31 March.
BOAQ Information sheet on the NSCA