ARB CPD Webinars

In 2020 the Board will make all of its CPD program available online, for free. Find a full list of events here.

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We understand that the CPD plans of many architects for the 2019-2020 reporting period have been impacted by the widespread cancellation of face-to-face CPD events. As an immediate response, the Board has moved all of its CPD offerings online and to make them free to access in 2020.

All future CPD bookings will be managed via Zoom, and listed on this page. Some events may require a free Zoom account, link here for more information. Dates and details will be posted on this page and updated regularly.

The following program will be updated regularly with dates and availability:

Managing Continuing Professional Development
1 Hour Formal CPD, NSCA 9.7 
Download the CPD Questionnaire here: [PDF] [DOCX]
Friday 3 July 12.30 - 1.30pm.
Register here.
Friday 10 July 12.30 - 1.30pm. Register here.
Please note slides will not be made available for these Webinars - key content is contained in the Information Sheet: Continuing Professional Development.
A Webinar that presents the context and policies of CPD for architects, as well as sharing a range of opportunities and methods for architects to access, create, or discover CPD. Particularly recommended for Architect Learning Group administrators, Practice Networks, and self-directed learners. 

This session will cover:

  • Relevance of the regulation of architects in the current context of endemic building failures
  • Importance of CPD in the regulation of the industry and the different CPD requirements that exist from state to state
  • Changes to the Architects Act
  • Impacts of COVID-19 on CPD requirements for the 2019-2020 reporting period
  • Continuing Professional Development requirements in NSW
  • National Standard of Competency for Architects
  • Architects Learning Groups

This session is equivalent to one-hour of Formal CPD and will deliver learning outcomes related to the following Performance Criteria from the National Standard of Competency for Architects (the Standard):
9.7     Knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements and obligations in regard to architectural practice, practice management and registration as an architect [in NSW]. 
Content cuts across the “Regulatory” Knowledge Domain in the Standard. 
It also particularly focuses on Part 5, Clause 16 of NSW Architects Code of Professional Conduct 2017, which is a Regulation of the Architects Act 2003 (NSW)

What you need to know about being an architect in NSW
1 Hour Formal CPD, NSCA 9.6, 9.7
Download the CPD Questionnaire here. [PDF] [DOCX]
Friday 24 July 12.30 - 1.30pm. Register here.
Thursday 30 July 12.30 - 1.30pm. 
Register here.
A comprehensive primer on the regulations, professional context, and important considerations for what it means to be a registered architect in NSW. Particularly recommended for recently registered architects (<5 years), or those returning to practice after a break.

This session is aimed at those who have recently registered as architects in NSW and will cover:

  • The education – practice – regulation context;
  • History of regulatory reform affecting architects in NSW;
  • The purpose of architectural registration;
  • The Architects Act (NSW) 2003 – with a particular focus on Nominated Architects and liability of directors of firms;
  • NSW Architects Code of Professional Conduct 2017 – with a particular focus on some common blind spots, including requirement for
    • provision of information to clients;
    • client agreements and better pathways to dispute resolution when things go wrong; and
    • dealings with the public;
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

This session is equivalent to one-hour of Formal CPD and will deliver learning outcomes related to the following Performance Criteria from the National Standard of Competency for Architects (the Standard):

9.7     Knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements and obligations in regard to architectural practice, practice management and registration as an architect [in NSW].

9.6     Knowledge and application of professional ethics and ethical practices in respect to practice management and provision of professional services.

Content will cut across the “Regulatory” Knowledge Domain in the Standard, with a particular focus on the Architects Act 2003 (NSW) and NSW Architects Code of Professional Conduct 2017 that regulate architectural practice in NSW.

Being a Nominated Architect
1 Hour Formal CPD, NSCA 9.1, 9.4, 9.6, 9.7 
Download the CPD Questionnaire here: [PDF] [WORD]

Friday 17 July 12.30 - 1.30pm.
Register here.
Friday 31 July 12.30 - 1.30pm.
Register here.
A Webinar that presents the law, policy, and regulatory context of being a nominated architect in NSW. Recommended for recently registered architects, and all nominated architects.

This session is equivalent to one hour of Formal CPD.

It will deliver learning outcomes related to the following Performance Criteria from the National Standard of Competency for Architects:

  • 9.1  Knowledge and implementation of appropriate practice model to ensure efficient, effective and ethical professional service.
  • 9.4  Establishment of project team and practice structures required to deliver the professional services in a timely manner.
  • 9.6  Knowledge and application of professional ethics and ethical practices in respect to practice management and provision of professional services.
  • 9.7  Knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements and obligations in regard to architectural practice, practice management and registration as an architect [in NSW].

Content will cut across the “Regulatory” Knowledge Domain in the Standard. Content also particularly focuses on the Architects Act 2003 (NSW) and the NSW Architects Code of Professional Conduct that regulate architectural practice in NSW.

The Regulatory Context of Architecture & Changes to the Act
1 Hour Formal CPD, NSCA 9.7 
Download the CPD Questionnaire here: [PDF] [WORD]
Thursday 16 July 12.30 - 1.30pm. Register here.
Thursday 23 July 12.30 - 1.30pm. 
Register here.
A Webinar that presents the regulations, codes and Acts that govern the practice of architects. This will discuss recent changes to the Act, the role of the Code, and insight to the current development of the Design and Building Practitioners Bill. Recommended for all architects. 

This session will cover:

  • The regulatory context of architecture
  • History of regulatory reform affecting architects in NSW
  • The Design and Building Practitioners Bill 2020
  • Changes to the Architects Act in 2020
  • The purpose of registering architects and associated pros and cons
  • Brief review of the Architects Act (NSW) 2003
  • Brief revoew of the NSW Architects Code of Professional Conduct.

Learning Outcomes:

This session is equivalent to one-hour of Formal CPD and will deliver learning outcomes related to the following Performance Criteria from the National Standard of Competency for Architects (the Standard):

9.7     Knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements and obligations in regard to architectural practice, practice management and registration as an architect [in NSW].

Content cuts across the “Regulatory” Knowledge Domain in the Standard.

Pathways to Registration
1 Hour Formal CPD, NSCA 9.7 
Download the CPD Questionnaire here: [PDF] [WORD]

Future dates will be announced shortly

There has never been a more important time to consider becoming a registered architect in NSW.  The current context of endemic building failures (think Lacrosse, Opal, Mascot Towers, etc) raises the need for greater regulatory controls across the construction industry. 

Architects are trained, accredited and registered professional who can provide a higher level of service than other building designers.  They operate within a well-regulated professional system that sets the bar for other building professionals. 

But to be able to call yourself an Architect you need to get registered first!  This CPD presentation will tell you everything need to know about the various pathways to registration as an Architect in Australia.  Join the webinar and find out which pathway is best for you.

This session is equivalent to one-hour of Formal CPD.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the presentation attendees will be able to

  • Understand the purpose of architectural registration
  • Recognise the function and objectives of the Architects Act (NSW) 2003 and the NSW Architects Code of Professional Conduct 2017
  • Identify appropriate pathways to registration as an Architect in Australia based on their personal professional background.

This session is equivalent to one-hour of Formal CPD and will deliver learning outcomes related to the following Performance Criteria from the National Standard of Competency for Architects (the Standard):

9.1   Knowledge and implementation of appropriate practice model to ensure efficient, effective and ethical professional service.

9.7  Knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements and obligations in regard to architectural practice, practice management and registration as an architect.

Content will cut across the “Regulatory” Knowledge Domain in the Standard, with a particular focus on the Architects Act 2003 (NSW) and NSW Architects Code of Professional Conduct 2017 that regulate architectural practice in NSW.

Working with your Client - How to avoid complaints 
Download the CPD Questionnaire here: [PDF] [WORD]

1 Hour Formal CPD, NSCA 9.6, 9.7, 9.8
Thursday 2 July 12.30 - 1.30pm. Register here.
Thursday 9 July 12.30 - 1.30pm. Register here.
New dates will be announced shortly
A Webinar that presents the most common complaints dealt with by the Board, and how to best avoid them. This Webinar discusses the significance of the Code, a compliant Architect Client Agreement, and communication. Recommended for all architects.

 This session will cover:

  • Context of architect-client relationship
  • Consumer protection
  • NSW Architects Code of Professional Conduct
  • Complaints process
  • Client-architect contracts

Learning Outcomes:

It delivers learning outcomes related to the following Performance Criteria from the National Standard of Competency for Architects (the Standard):

 9.6 Knowledge and application of professional ethics and ethical practices in respect to practice management and provision of professional service.

9.7 Knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements and obligations in regard to architectural practice, practice management and registration as an architect.

9.8 Clear and consistent communication with client and relevant stakeholders throughout project.

Content cuts across the “Regulatory” Knowledge Domain in the Standard.

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