Ocean Shores House by A-CH (Atelier Chen Hung)

Ocean Shores House, A-CH (Atelier Chen Hung)
Photo: James Hung

Continuing professional development

The continuing professional development (CPD) program at Tusculum sets the gold standard for professional development in NSW. Driving the program are ideas firmly rooted in practice and the needs of practitioners: helping members sharpen their skills, keep abreast of legislative changes and helping attendees operate at the frontier of the profession. Structured around a core program, events include in-depth tours of award-winning buildings, technical and legislative sessions to seminars and workshops focused on practice strategies, building typologies and marketing.

In most states of Australia, including NSW, it is compulsory for registered architects to do CPD. Be aware that A+ members of the Institute are required to accrue yearly CPD points regardless of their state of registration. Download a  sample CPD Record form. For more information about CPD for architects, see the NSW Architects Registration Board CPD page. INFORMATION SHEET - Continuing Professional Development.

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Sydney CPD events



Practice: Small
A forensic look at the strategies driving the practice of architecture
Thursday 27 July 9:00am–12.30pm

Ian Moore  Ian Moore Architects 
Warwick Mihaly 
Mihaly Slocombe Architects (Melbourne)  Blog
Anita Panov
& Andrew Scott  Panov Scott  

What are the keys to running a small architectural practice and creating a firm business foundation? How do you consolidate your practice, grow sustainably and thrive? How can small firms compete with larger, better-resourced firms and use their size strategically? What about generating work, developing a profile, building a reputation and leveraging built projects to get the next job?

In a series of under-the-hood presentations, local firms Ian Moore Architects and Panov Scott will join Melbourne practice Mihaly Slocombe Architects and share their approach to the practice of architecture.

3 formal CPD points. Units of competency: Practice Management.

$80 Member | $70 A+ member |  $160 Non-member | $70 Graduate member | $50 SONA member | $70 Student non-member

Venue: Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point.

Register online.

Due to popular demand, we are repeating  Planning Module 2:
Working with the NSW Complying Development Codes – Residential

Thursday 17 August 9:00am – 11:30am

Speaker: Peter SmithSmith & Tzannes

The NSW Housing Codes SEPP have revolutionised the process of building approvals in NSW, opening up opportunities for the profession in terms of efficiency and creating opportunities for design.

This seminar will focus on strategic aspects of working with the codes and the opportunities Complying Development presents for architects and for architecture.

The session will explore:

  • working with Exempt and Complying Development Codes in combination
  • the role of Certifiers as qasiconsultants
  • through the design phase
  • untangling grey areas where the Housing Codes and DCP's intersect
  • how, when and why to combine DA and CDC applications
  • documentation strategies when splitting applications (DA and CDC) with an emphasis on clarity, simplicity and efficiency
  • leveraging Exempt as part of a CDC process
  • using the Housing Alterations Code in Conservation Areas
  • loop holes and low hanging fruitÍž tips and tricks

2 formal CPD points. Units of competency: Design, Documentation.

$70 Member | $60 A+ member | $140 Nonmembers | $60 Graduate member | $40 SONA member | $60 Student non-member

Venue: Tusculum, 3 Manning Street, Potts Point.

Register online


Terms & conditions for CPD events

  1. Fees – Fees must be paid in full before the event.
  2. Membership discounts – Institute members are entitled to the discounts shown, provided their membership number is quoted when the booking is made, and their membership subscription is active at the time of booking.
  3. Cancellations by Institute – The Institute reserves the right to cancel or alter the dates, speakers or venue. In the event of cancellation, bookings will be transferred to the next available event unless the registrant requests otherwise.
  4. Cancellations by attendee – Cancellations by the attendee must be received in writing. No refunds or cancellations are permitted within two (2) full working days prior to the event. 'No shows' will not be refunded. Note: Cancellations by Institute Members due to sickness on the day of the event will receive a full refund contingent on receipt of a medical certificate.
  5. 'No Shows' - Due to CPD regulations the Institute is not permitted to hand out paperwork from seminar/workshops if registrants do not attend.
  6. Note: you must retain receipt of payment as evidence of this CPD being undertaken