Annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) reporting is compulsory for the following participants:
1. All Members of the Building Designers Association of Australia at the following Membership Levels:
a) Full Practice Members
b) Full and Full Fellow Members
c) Chartered and Chartered Fellow Members
2. All Accredited Building Designers who hold Accreditation with Building Designers Accreditation and Training (BDA&T).
Affiliate, Practice, Associate and Student Members are encouraged to participate in the Building Designers Association of Australia’s CPD Program, but it is not compulsory for these levels of Membership.
It is broadly accepted that all professional bodies must adopt and administer a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program which ensures participants take an active role in CPD activities within their industry to ensure they are:
- Working to maintain and improve professional conduct
- Keeping abreast of the latest industry product knowledge
- Maintaining high ethics and work standards
This program acknowledges the many facets of a Building Designer’s role in the industry. The very diverse nature of the professional function and different locations of the participants, have all been guiding factors in this policy’s formation.
The following pages list the professional activities with applicable points awarded. In general, points are awarded per hour of participation in formal meetings, seminars, training, etc or as directed by the CPD Management Committee. In some cases, activities may need to be referred to the BDA&T Management Committee for determination. These requests must be submitted in writing and sent by email directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If a participant is unable to achieve the required CPD points within the year, a written submission noting the circumstances is to be sent to the BDA&T Management Committee by email to: email@example.com, to be considered on its merits and individual circumstances. The BDA&T CPD Management Committee, acting on behalf of Building Designers Association of Australia’s National Council, will consider all submissions made by members and rulings will be made on a fair and even basis.
All participants will be issued with details for the BDAA CPD App including instructions regarding its installation, usage and reporting. This is for use on smart phones or tablets to enable the participants to record their attendances at BDAA’s sanctioned meetings, seminars and conferences etc. via a QR code.
Those participants who do not use the BDAA CPD App for logging and reporting their CPD activity, will be required to enter all information into the CPD Record of Participation Statement. This can be accessed via our website at www.bdaa.com.au/accreditation & cpd. A CPD Record of Participation Statement is only to be submitted if participant is not submitting CPD return by the Building Designers Association of Australia’s CPD App
The CPD Reporting Period is from 1 July-30 June annually. Either the CPD Record of Participation Statement or CPD App lodgement must be submitted by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 1 July annually. With this new system, no points will be allowed to be carried over to the next reporting period.
New participants that join after commencement of each CPD year will not be required to submit this information until their first full year of membership after 1 July each year. EG if a Full Member joins association on 1 August 2019, they will not be required to CPD until 30 June 2021.
Annual CPD Statements may be subject to an audit at any time. As such participants should retain their evidence to support points claimed for a period of 5 years. In all instances, contact will be via email. It is not the CPD Management Committee’s responsibility if you fail to respond to these emails.
PARTICIPANTS MUST ATTAIN A MINIMUM OF 25 POINTS PER CPD YEAR