This information sheet outlines an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) pathway for clients and their architects that is agile and responsive to concerns in relation to the professional conduct of an architect.
An Architects' Learning Group comprises architects who have formed a group for the purpose of peer education. If the Group follows the guidelines contained in Information Sheet 8 - Establishing an Achitects' Learning Group, participants in the Group can claim formal CPD hours.
To assist architects to maintain and improve their knowledge and skills, providers should develop CPD content in line with best practice principles outlined here.
Under the provisions of the Architects Act 2003, the NSW Architects Registration Board is obliged to investigate complaints against the professional conduct of an architect.
All practising architects must annually demonstrate that they have taken all reasonable steps to maintain and improve their knowledge and skills relevant to their architectural practice and their provision of architectural services (Part 5, Clause 16 of the NSW Architects Code of Professional Conduct). Architects must annually upload evidence of their CPD activity for the last 12-month period.
The NSW Portfolio Program of Assessment (NSW PPA) is a competency based assessment process that provides a pathway to the Architectural Practice Examination
Section 10 of the Act makes it an offence for a corporation or firm to represent itself to be an architect, and must not allow itself to be represented to be an architect, unless the corporation or firm has at least one nominated architect who is responsible for the provision of architectural services by the corporation or firm. The ‘nominated architect’ is responsible for the oversight and delivery of architectural services on behalf of a corporation or firm. In order to perform this duty, the nominated architect should be involved in the running of the business, or be an employee of the corporation or firm.
All practising architects must maintain a level of PI Insurance that is appropriate to the architectural services they provide (Part 4, Clause 15 of the NSW Architects Code of Professional Conduct). Architects must at initial registration and annual renewal, or on the anniversary of their registration, make a declaration that they have appropriate PI Insurance and must submit a copy of the PI Insurance Certificate of Currency.