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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

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

The BDAA CPD programs acknowledge the many facets of a Building Designer and Thermal Performance Assessor’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.

Annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) reporting is compulsory for the following participants:

a) Full and Full Fellow BDAA Members
b) Chartered and Chartered Fellow BDAA Members
c) BDAA Accredited Designers
d) Thermal Performance Assessors “TPA”

CPD Documents

CPD Record of Participation Statement

Building Designer CPD

Thermal Performance Assessor CPD

Must complete 25 CPD points each year

If a member of the Building Designers Association of Australia (BDAA) is licensed or registered in a state that requires continuing professional development (CPD) for licensing or registration, then the CPD requirements set by the state licensing authority will take precedence over the CPD requirements set by the BDAA.

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Must complete 12 CPD points each year

Assessors must complete at least 12 CPD points in each year of accreditation. One point will equal to a minimum one hour of time spent undertaking the CPD. At least six of the CPD points must be completed in technical training.

Technical Training (Cat 1) includes:

• Training in the understanding of the NatHERS Technical Note and the NatHERS Assessor Handbook.
• Training in the use of NatHERS accredited software tools, including formal training from AAO approved mentors.
• Training in the use of other residential thermal efficiency software or assessment mechanism (for example blower door testing).
• Training in ways to improve building envelope thermal potential and/or performance.
• Training in the NCC energy efficiency provisions and other regulatory instruments relevant to NatHERS

Industry Knowledge (Cat 2) includes:

• Professional activities
• Conferences / Seminars (multiple points available)
• Business Development
• BDAA Chapter Meetings (1 point per meeting)

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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.

For further information on point allocations please refer to the ‘CPD record of participation statement‘.

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 BDAA Management Committee by email to:, to be considered on its merits and individual circumstances. The BDAA 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.

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 & 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: no later than 1 July annually. With this new system, no points will be allowed to be carried over to the next reporting period.

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.

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