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Architects should undertake a minimum of 20 hours of CPD each year, of which at least 10 hours must be Formal CPD activity. 

Architects should regard the requirement to undertake CPD as an opportunity to address their individual career development and employment needs and to meet personal objectives. As such, architects should be strategic in how they plan their CPD to ensure that it genuinely relates to, and enhances, their practice.


CPD activities shall be subject to the following principles:

  • Relate to practice as an architect

  • Be additional to activities already undertaken in the normal course of an architect’s practice or employment.

  • Shall relate to one of the Units in the National Competency standard: Design, Documentation, Project management or Practice management


 Informal and formal CPD activity

  • Formal CPD is a learning activity with stated learning outcomes that is formally assessed or has significant interaction between presenter and learner.

  • Informal CPD is a learning activity with stated learning outcomes that involves no formal assessment process or significant interaction between presenter and learner.

The Board requires all architects to complete and return to the Board via email, post etc a signed CPD Report or provide a declaration that they have not met the CPD requirements.   

Architects complying with the CPD requirements will be recorded in the register, listed on the Board’s website and any other Board public listings as being CPD compliant.  Where an architect is a licensed building services provider and does not provide a statutory declaration indicating that they have complied with the CPD requirements, the Board will notify the Director of Building Control.

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)

  • Queensland (CPD year ends 31 March).

Activities in each year should relate to a minimum of two units in the National Architecture Competency Standards – Design, Documentation, Practice Management and Project Management.

1.  CPD activities shall be subject to the following principles:

What happens if an Architect has not met the minimum CPD requirements? 

Where an architect is not able to satisfy the Board that they have met their CPD obligations and where it is the Board’s view that no extenuating circumstances apply, this may be grounds for characterising the architect’s behaviour as unsatisfactory professional conduct, as defined by the Architects Act 2003.

Architects registered in the Non-Practising category, and architects residing and practising overseas are exempt CPD requirements.
Architects who work part-time are not exempt from the CPD requirement and are not entitled to a pro-rata calculation of the CPD requirement based on their part-time employment status.

Where an architect has not met the minimum hours required, the Board may take into account individual circumstances when considering whether all reasonable steps have been taken by the architect to meet their CPD obligations.

Architects seeking a pro-rata exemption from the CPD requirements must at their annual renewal of registration upload a letter to the Board outlining their circumstances.

Are you looking to provide a CPD event? 

Suppliers/Service Providers/ Educators ; ADEB can assists with Formal Accreditation by assessing your presentation. You can also Utilize our Booking service where we co-ordinate your presentation with our large network of  Architects, Engineers, Design Managers.

If you are looking to provide a CPD event please fill in the booking form   (1 hour lunchtime bookings / evenings or a Workshop )


Architects/Design Managers/ Engineers/ Building Surveyors

Your Scheme will differ to the Architect CPD criteria. You can still book an inhouse presentation and claim points from select workshops . All ADEB Seminars are Technical, Educational and Compliant .