South Australian CPD & Education
The SA Chapter offers formal CPD points through the National Seminar Series, held annually from February - November. The series aims to present topics that are inspiring and tangible, providing knowledge that attendees can put into practice. Additional local based CPD seminars, project site tours and other events provide members with informal CPD points.
The Chapter Education Committee is a sub-committee of the Institute's National Education Committee, and brings together representatives from South Australian practices, schools of architecture, the registration board and students. The Committee coordinates the Interim Review Panels for the architecture schools accreditation procedure, organises the long-standing Student Mentor Scheme, develops and reviews of the Chapter CPD program and promotes the profession of architecture through specific educational and / or research programs.
CPD in South Australia
What is the difference between using an architect and a building designer? This is a common question asked by people outside the profession and one that is important to be able to answer clearly.
The key differences are education, insurance and the code of ethics. All three aspects act to protect the client and the public. None are required of designers outside the profession.
The education component has two facets. The first is study at a tertiary level at an accredited school of architecture, which is structured to promote holistic and lateral thinking that enables architects to arrive at well resolved, fit for purpose, delightful outcomes. The second is ongoing education post graduation, required to ensure that architects remain up to date with the rapidly changing world we operate in.
In South Australia the quantum of continuing education to be completed per year is not mandated as a requirement of Registration. However, this does not mean that continuing education is optional. It is still required under the Act, with a minimum of 20 points per year the national standard recommended by the Institute and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia.
For those architects who are unclear about the obligation to undertake ongoing education post graduation a first step should be to familiarise yourself with the Architectural Practice Board of SA Code of Conduct and Guidance Note 4 – Continuing Architectural Education, both of which can be found on the Board’s website www.archboardsa.org.au
Voluntary activities can also count towards CPD and download a list of CPD-approved voluntary activities
, see the Continuing professional development page
for more information.
Members may be interested in getting involved in other SA Chapter activities, which the following CPD points can be attained for every hour of involvement: