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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in New Zealand
To meet the minimum standards for continued registration, set by the New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB), all New Zealand Registered Architects aims to achieve the aspirational CPD points target every 5 years. The review has specific requirements, set out under Rule 21 of the Registered Architects Rules 2006, which covers two components.
Firstly, the registered architect is reviewed on their competence. Secondly, the architect is required to have taken reasonable steps to maintain the currency of their architectural knowledge and skills since their last assessment.
In order to take these reasonable steps, registered architects participate in online CPD courses to meet this second requirement. These free online CPD courses can be found on the Archify platform, which offers a variety of different CPDs for NZ registered architects.
The aspirational goal is to accrue 1000 CPD in the 5-year period. This consists of 100 CPD points in the Core Professional Development Category, which can include ethics and professional conduct, legislative changes, fundamental professional issues concerning all architects, and one-off topics.
In addition, the architect should aim to complete 100 CPD points in each of the four Units of Competency, this includes the following:
Each hour of a CPD course NZ equates to 10 CPD Design Points. At the end of each 5-year period, all architects’ CPD records return to 0 and architects begin the CPD process again.
In the event that a registered architect does not achieve the aspirational target, they are reviewed on what they have completed to maintain the currency of their architectural skills or knowledge is sensibly relative to the work they do. If an architect is working full-time, they will have little difficulty meeting this requirement. However, architects can show their steps by providing their CPD records, or details about other professional development activities they have completed and what they do in the workplace to keep up to date with the latest information.