Message from the Queensland Chapter’s Executive Director
20 March 2017
With the Continuing Professional Development year concluding on 31 March now is the time that many architects review the number of CPD hours they have accrued over the previous year.
Continuing Professional Development is compulsory in Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia and Tasmania and if you are an A+ member of the Institute it is compulsory to complete CPD annually. The Board of Architects of Queensland requires architects to report on their CPD activities at the same time as the annual renewal of registration.
Twenty hours of CPD are required including a minimum of ten hours formal activities and ten informal and the relationship to the National Standard of Competency for Architects - Design, Documentation, Project Delivery and Practice Management should be recorded.
should relate to practice as an architect, have stated learning outcomes that are formally assessed or have significant interaction between the presenter and the learner. Informal activities
also relate to practice as an architect; learning outcomes can be identified, but do not include any form of assessment and have limited or no interaction.
Only two hours can be claimed for an informal activity at any one time.
The responsibility for identifying appropriate CPD activities rests with the individual architect. Examples of formal and informal CPD activities can be found on the BOAQ 'Guide for Architects -CPD' here.
You may not be aware that you can gain CPD points by your involvement in Institute activities such as:-
- The National Architecture Conference - the conference provides an opportunity to build your knowledge across a range of topics making a significant contribution to your CPD needs. Just by attending, you can claim informal CPD points for each session with a maximum of two points. To claim formal CPD points you need to submit a written report to the conference website.
Download the National Conference CPD Point Allocation here.
- Participation in Institute committees covering issues of Practice, Heritage Sustainability Education - informal
- Participation in National Visiting Panels or Interim Visiting Panals - informal
- Participation in Institute award juries - informal
- Participating in Institute award juries and writing citations - formal
- Acting as an Institute's Senior Counsellor – formal
- Delivering CPD program e.g. PALS - formal
- Preparing responses to government legislation or policy – formal
- More information on the Institute’s national CPD activities here
More information on the Chapter’s CPD activities here
The Queensland Architects Act requires that practicing architects must take all reasonable steps....to maintain competency in the practice of architecture.
In 2016 the BOAQ audit identified 8.9% non-compliance rate for those audited.
Executive Director Queensland
History of the Queensland Chapter
The Queensland Institute of Architects was founded in 1888. The highly esteemed architect Francis DG Stanley became the foundation president and continued in that position until 1890. He served as the Institutes vice-president from 1890 to 1896. One of the Institutes early actions was to come to an agreement with the Queensland Master Builders’ Association about standard conditions of contract that were to remain in use until 1914.
Following the establishment of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects on August 18th, 1930 the Queensland Institute ceased and the Queensland Chapter Council of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects took up the succession under the presidency of Vincent Price.
The following document was graciously compiled and supplied by Associate Professor Peter Skinner FRAIA.