Online CPD

The 2019 Lachlan Macquarie Award | Premier Mill Hotel | spaceagency architects | WA | Photographer: Alan Myles

Online CPD


Our online courses are designed to help meet your CPD needs while also meeting your personal and professional commitments. New courses are added regularly addressing various topics relating to the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) competencies of DesignDocumentationProject Delivery and Practice Management.



This CPD Masterclass addresses the specific challenges architects are experiencing in relation to Section J of the NCC.


The security of payment legislation is some of the most critical legislation across the building and construction industry in Australia. The legislation impacts on nearly all projects across the country.

The Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture - House (New) - Joint Winner | East Street | Kerstin Thompson Architects | NSW | Photographer: Dan Preston

Jury Chair and Immediate Past National President Professor Helen Lochhead said that 44 projects were recognised, 25 with national awards and 19 with commendations.

2019 WA Architecture Awards | George Temple Poole Award | Perth Children’s Hospital | JCY Architects and Urban Designers, Cox Architecture and Billard Leece. Partnership with HKS Inc | Photographer: Peter Bennetts

The Awards Program enables public and peer recognition of the innovative work of our members.

#TheBaeTAS | workbylizandalex | Tasmania | Photographer: Sean Fennessy

The Institute’s Chapter Architecture Awards program run throughout June and July. In 2019, a total of 185 projects were awarded at the chapter level.

The 2019 Frederick Romberg Award | Mermaid Multihouse | Partners Hill with Hogg & Lamb | Queensland | Photographer: Alex Chromicz

Key dates relating to the 2021 Chapter Architecture Awards are listed here. Please check with your local Chapter on information relating to Chapter specific requirements. 

The 2019 David Oppenheim Award | Parliament of Victoria Members' Annexe | Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design | Photographer: John Gollings

If you are planning to submit an entry into the 2021 Chapter Architecture Awards, we recommend that prior to commencing your entry, you become familiar with the Awards, Prizes and Honours Policy. 

Yagan Square by Lyons in association with Iredale Pedersen Hook and landscape architects ASPECT Studios. Photo: Peter Bennetts

For further details, contact your local chapter or the National Awards and Prizes Manager. 

Online Courses

Our courses are:

  • Developed by industry experts
  • Recognised for formal CPD points
  • Meet the CPD requirements of the NSW, WA, and Queensland boards of registration
  • Claimable for Building Practitioner Accreditation requirements in Tasmania.

We have listed below a selection of our most popular courses. To view the complete catalogue, head over to our online CPD platform.

On-Demand CPD Courses

NCC Section J

Security of Payment




Upcoming Courses



At the Institute, we’ve been helping graduates prepare for and pass the Architectural Practice Exam (APE) for over 20 years. 

Our much-loved Practice of Architecture Learning Series (PALS) has been updated for the next generation of graduates. With more modules, full online access and live virtual tutorials, the comprehensive course provides the tools to help you successfully register.

To learn more, head over to our PALS Graduate page.

Free online CPD

Pick of the Month

Masterclass: NCC Section J Unpacked & Demystified

Presenters: Michael Shaw, Gary Wertheimer, Scott Beazley, Michael Min Ra, Ahmad Abas, and Robert Romanous
Competency Area: Design
Formal CPD Points available: 6.0 Total

This CPD Masterclass addresses the specific challenges architects are experiencing in relation to Section J of the NCC.


Session 1: This pre-recorded session unpacks Section J overall, considers case studies in different climate zones, discusses thermal bridging, and unpacks the difference between Performance Solutions and Deemed to Satisfy. 

Our presenters are architects, environmental consultants and a façade engineer who will consider a more detailed examination of thermal bridging. An architect will discuss how to successfully collaborate with an environmental consultant, at what stage of a project to engage an environmental consultant and what information is required for an appropriate brief.


Session 2: This recorded 2021 Workshop has been made available to further demystify Section J. It includes a discussion with an team of environmental consultants on the challenges of a particular project, a demonstration of the façade calculator, and a Q&A discussion with the panel. 

Martin Riese/Front Inc
Martin Riese/Front Inc

On-demand CPD Courses

All Courses








Image: MLC School Senior Centre | BVN | NSW | Traditional Land Owners: Wangal and Darug peoples | Photographer: Ben Guthrie







Image: The Daryl Jackson Award for Educational Architecture | Ian Potter Southbank Centre, University of Melbourne | John Wardle Architects | VIC | Photographer: Trevor Mein

1-2 CPD Points








Image: National Enduring Architecture Award | Palm Garden House | Richard Leplastrier | NSW | Photographer: Peter Salhani

2+ cPD Points

Section J








Image: The Lachlan MacQuarie Award for Heritage – Joint Winner | Bozen’s Cottage | Taylor & Hinds Architects | TAS | Photographer: Adam Gibson








Image: The Emil Sodersten Award for Interior Architecture | Phoenix Central Park | Durbach Block Jaggers and John Wardle Architects | Photographer: Tom Ferguson

Small Practice Masterclass








Image: The Arroyo Affordable Housing | Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Inc | Photographer: Eric Staudenmaier

Security of Payment

Marketing 360







Image: The Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Architecture – Joint Winner | Anzac Memorial Centenary Extension | Johnson Pilton Walker with the Government Architect NSW | NSW | Photographer: Peter Bennetts








Image: The Eleanor Cullis-Hill Award for Residential Architecture – Hours (Alts + Adds) | Redwood | Chenchow Little | NSW | Photographer: Peter Bennetts

Copyright in architecture








Image: The Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New) – Joint Winner | Basin Beach House | Peter Stutchbury Architecture | Photographer: Michael Nicholson

PALS Refresher

Get in touch

Our  CPD team always appreciates your feedback regarding our programs. If you have any topic suggestions for the development of further CPD course content, please let us know.

Contact us

For further information, contact our CPD Team:

Australian Institute of Architects
Level 1, 41 Exhibition Street,
Melbourne, Victoria 3000.
p: +61 (3) 8620 3877
e: cpd@architecture.com.au

Enquiries & course content suggestions