Online CPD

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Online CPD

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SKILLS AND COMPLETE YOUR CPD REQUIREMENTS ANYTIME,
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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.

Featuring comprehensive coverage of professional interests, download a pdf copy of our Formal  and Informal CPD courses.

On-demand CPD Courses

Online CPD courses made for the profession by the profession.

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Formal Online CPD

Informal CPD available on demand.

Image:  Ian Potter Southbank Centre, University of Melbourne | John Wardle Architects | VIC | Photographer: Trevor Mein

informal Online CPD

An overview of the Masterclasses and webinars our team have planned for 2022

Image: Palm Garden House | Richard Leplastrier | NSW | Photographer: Peter Salhani

Masterclasses and webinars

Refresher courses

Part of our PALS (Practice of Architecture Learning Series) these short courses are suitable for those at all stages of their career and provide a perfect refresher on a range of topics from the establishment of a practice through to the successful delivery of a project.

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Stay up to date on the latest legislative changes at a State and National level.

 

 

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Legislative

Covering the fundamentals of running a practice from the Small Practice Masterclass to pricing services

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

Practice Management

Sustainability

See our range of comprehensive CPD on Sustainability including the ZERO Carbon Design series 

Image: Anzac Memorial Centenary Extension | Johnson Pilton Walker with the Government Architect NSW | NSW | Photographer: Peter Bennetts

 

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First Nations

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Design

ON-DEMAND CPD COURSES

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Check out our latest on-demand online CPD courses.

OUR MOST POPULAR COURSES

Take a look at a shortlist of our most in demand Formal CPD courses currently on offer.

PALS REFRESHER

These short courses are a perfect refresher covering a range of topics from the establishment of a practice through to the successful delivery of a project.

Live CPD Events

Attend live CPD courses in person, or via webinar. Check out all our upcoming live CPD activities on our events page.

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. 

Pick of the Month

Masterclass: Indigenous Ecosystem Corridors And Nodes

Online Event
Dates: 1 and 15 July 2021
Time: 1pm – 3pm AEST
Competency Areas: Design; Practice Management
Formal CPD Points available: 4.0 total

This innovative two-part online course explores the proposition of introducing Indigenous Ecosystem Corridors and Nodes into urban developments, with an aim of mitigating and combatting the ecological damage inflicted upon the earth by millennia of human settlement and population growth.

This program will unpack the benefits and challenges attendant to this enterprise, with contributions from a range of scholars and leading practitioners. By delving into a number of aspects of this topic including connection to country, the biodiversity emergency, urban planning and related built environment strategies, the essentials of biophilic design, and a range of relevant case study explorations, this formal CPD course provides essential learnings for any practitioner committed to regenerative and sustainable design and a legacy of responsible stewardship of the earth’s resources.

Day One explores the context, challenges and opportunities to address the biodiversity emergency.

The Second Day’s session will then explore lessons learnt, tools to tackle the challenges, and a range of exemplar case studies from around the country.

Parts one and two of this event will take place respectively on the 1st and 15th of July 2021, from 13:00 to 15:15 AEST via Zoom, and will each attract 2 Formal CPD points for registered architects.

You are welcome to attend either part one or two only, or to attend both parts for a total value of 4 Formal CPD points. A 15% overall price discount will be applied for the purchase of both courses together using the All Sessions registration option.

GLAS has designed the landscape to accompany the new student accommodation for Monash University’s Peninsula campus. The design includes a restored creek as a the centre piece of the social landscape.
Valley Creek Restoration | GLAS Landscape Architecture

Note:

If you are keen to participate but unable to attend the full masterclass event, we are also offering the Day One and Day Two sessions as separate, smaller 2 Formal CPD point courses. Bookings for these sessions can be made by following these links:

Day One Session
Thursday 1 July 2021 13:00-15:00 (AEST)

Day Two Session
Thursday 15 July 2021
13:00-15:00 (AEST)

All Sessions
Thursday 1 July, and Thursday 15 July 2021
13:00-15:00 (AEST)

Contract Law Masterclass Training with Scott Alden:
Parts 1, 2 & 3

Dates: 16th, 23rd and 30th of June 2021

Time: 8am – 10am AEST

Competency Areas: Design; Project Delivery: Procurement; Project Delivery: Construction Stage

Formal CPD Points available: 6.0 Total

 

This three-part intensive course delivers critical legal knowledge for anyone who has any exposure to contracts of whatever size, value and type. During the training you will examine the law and commercial factors affecting the contract lifecycle, from formation, through performance to completion, you will be provided with essential guidance on:

  • understanding clauses and terminology
  • risk identification; allocation and management
  • standard form contract and general contract
  • termination
  • dispute resolution.

With this knowledge, you can ensure that contracts are prepared properly from the outset, setting a clear path to maximise outcomes. You will be provided with the tools and knowledge to know your rights when you are not getting what you expect out of your contract. You will also learn how to recognise whether the contract is on the right path, and how to end the relationship either amicably or through dispute, when it is not. Incorporating a focus on interactive workshops and real life case studies, this course covers all the need-to-know essentials.

Please view our brochure for more information on these sessions.

Click here to complete an expression of interest for the Contract Management Training in September 2021.

 

 

Pick of the Month

Negotiating Successful Project Contracts

Date: Wednesday 2nd February 2022
Time: 10:00am – 13:00pm AEST

Location: Zoom Webinar Series

Competency Areas: Practice Management and Professional Conduct; Design Delivery and Construction Phase Services
Formal CPD Points available: 3.0 total

This comprehensive CPD event will break down the most effective approaches and skills you can bring to the bargaining table at each phase of the contract negotiation process. Led by business acumen consultant Dr Cyril Jankoff, our program will provide a comprehensive overview of the key commercial and legal considerations when entering contract discussions, and present all the tools you need to leverage your position and become a more successful contracts negotiator.

Contract Law Masterclass Training with Scott Alden:
Parts 1, 2 & 3

Dates: 16th, 23rd and 30th of June 2021

Time: 8am – 10am AEST

Competency Areas: Design; Project Delivery: Procurement; Project Delivery: Construction Stage

Formal CPD Points available: 6.0 Total

 

This three-part intensive course delivers critical legal knowledge for anyone who has any exposure to contracts of whatever size, value and type. During the training you will examine the law and commercial factors affecting the contract lifecycle, from formation, through performance to completion, you will be provided with essential guidance on:

  • understanding clauses and terminology
  • risk identification; allocation and management
  • standard form contract and general contract
  • termination
  • dispute resolution.

With this knowledge, you can ensure that contracts are prepared properly from the outset, setting a clear path to maximise outcomes. You will be provided with the tools and knowledge to know your rights when you are not getting what you expect out of your contract. You will also learn how to recognise whether the contract is on the right path, and how to end the relationship either amicably or through dispute, when it is not. Incorporating a focus on interactive workshops and real life case studies, this course covers all the need-to-know essentials.

Please view our brochure for more information on these sessions.

Click here to complete an expression of interest for the Contract Management Training in September 2021.

 

 

Pick of the Month

Practice of Architecture Masterclass

Online Event
Dates: 22 and 29 September 2021
Time: 2pm – 4pm AEST
Competency Areas: Design; Documentation; Practice Management; Project Delivery
Formal CPD Points available: 4.0 total

Hosted by the Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter, this innovative two-part online course explores a range of issues currently impacting practitioners across Australia.

Day 1 will address two key matters. The first is the crucial skill of Brief Writing, how to structure a good brief which thoroughly articulates your client’s requirements,  and that can be effectively used throughout the project design and delivery stages. The second area covered will be Access as Standard Practice. This segment will explore the principles behind accessible design, and the key components and the structure of the regulatory framework for accessibility of the built environment in Australia. It will clarify some commonly misunderstood aspects of accessible design, and identify opportunities for enhanced accessible design solutions and where to find further information.

Day 2 will include a demystification of Performance Based Design Solutions and NCC Section J. It will unpack the writing of performance solutions for ESD and provide an introduction into how architects can and should engage in the field. Looking from the perspective of the ESD consultant and the building surveyor we will discuss where and how architects can have influence to get the best outcomes for the project.

The second session of the Day 2 event will be comprised of the Case Study: Learning from LaCrosse. In this talk by Lachlan Ingram, Senior Associate at Holding Redlich, Melbourne, the legal implications for architects coming out of the Lacrosse judgement and the legacy of its use in Australia will be unpacked.

Image courtesy of John Wardle Architects

Note:
If you are keen to participate but unable to attend the full masterclass event, we are also offering the Day One and Day Two sessions as two separate, smaller 2 Formal CPD point courses. Bookings for the sessions can be made by following these links:

Day One Session
Wednesday 22 September 2021 
14:00-16:00 (AEST)

Day Two Session
Wednesday 29 September 2021 
14:00-16:00 (AEST)

All Sessions
Wednesday 22 and Wednesday 29 September 2021 
14:00-16:00 (AEST)

Contract Law Masterclass Training with Scott Alden:
Parts 1, 2 & 3

Dates: 16th, 23rd and 30th of June 2021

Time: 8am – 10am AEST

Competency Areas: Design; Project Delivery: Procurement; Project Delivery: Construction Stage

Formal CPD Points available: 6.0 Total

 

This three-part intensive course delivers critical legal knowledge for anyone who has any exposure to contracts of whatever size, value and type. During the training you will examine the law and commercial factors affecting the contract lifecycle, from formation, through performance to completion, you will be provided with essential guidance on:

  • understanding clauses and terminology
  • risk identification; allocation and management
  • standard form contract and general contract
  • termination
  • dispute resolution.

With this knowledge, you can ensure that contracts are prepared properly from the outset, setting a clear path to maximise outcomes. You will be provided with the tools and knowledge to know your rights when you are not getting what you expect out of your contract. You will also learn how to recognise whether the contract is on the right path, and how to end the relationship either amicably or through dispute, when it is not. Incorporating a focus on interactive workshops and real life case studies, this course covers all the need-to-know essentials.

Please view our brochure for more information on these sessions.

Click here to complete an expression of interest for the Contract Management Training in September 2021.

 

 

Pick of the Month

Zero Waste : Creative rethinking by design

Online Event
Dates: 26 August 2021
Time: 2pm – 4pm AEST
Competency Areas: Design; Documentation; Project Delivery
Formal CPD Points available: 2.0 total

With nearly 40 percent of the world’s pollution generated by construction it’s undeniable that the industry has a significant impact on the planet.  This is exacerbated by inefficient production processes, considerable displacement of supplies, and excessive waste during various other stages of construction.

Zero Waste : Creative rethinking by design | Online Formal CPD Event | Thursday 26 August 2021 I 2-4PM AEST

Available Live via Zoom and On Demand after the event I 12 month expiry I 2 Formal CPD Points.

Image courtesy of John Wardle Architects

Contract Law Masterclass Training with Scott Alden:
Parts 1, 2 & 3

Dates: 16th, 23rd and 30th of June 2021

Time: 8am – 10am AEST

Competency Areas: Design; Project Delivery: Procurement; Project Delivery: Construction Stage

Formal CPD Points available: 6.0 Total

 

This three-part intensive course delivers critical legal knowledge for anyone who has any exposure to contracts of whatever size, value and type. During the training you will examine the law and commercial factors affecting the contract lifecycle, from formation, through performance to completion, you will be provided with essential guidance on:

  • understanding clauses and terminology
  • risk identification; allocation and management
  • standard form contract and general contract
  • termination
  • dispute resolution.

With this knowledge, you can ensure that contracts are prepared properly from the outset, setting a clear path to maximise outcomes. You will be provided with the tools and knowledge to know your rights when you are not getting what you expect out of your contract. You will also learn how to recognise whether the contract is on the right path, and how to end the relationship either amicably or through dispute, when it is not. Incorporating a focus on interactive workshops and real life case studies, this course covers all the need-to-know essentials.

Please view our brochure for more information on these sessions.

Click here to complete an expression of interest for the Contract Management Training in September 2021.

 

 

Pick of the Month

Practice of Architecture Masterclass

Online Event
Dates: 22 and 29 September 2021
Time: 2pm – 4pm AEST
Competency Areas: Design; Documentation; Practice Management; Project Delivery
Formal CPD Points available: 4.0 total

Hosted by the Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter, this innovative two-part online course explores a range of issues currently impacting practitioners across Australia.

Day 1 will address two key matters. The first is the crucial skill of Brief Writing, how to structure a good brief which thoroughly articulates your client’s requirements,  and that can be effectively used throughout the project design and delivery stages. The second area covered will be Access as Standard Practice. This segment will explore the principles behind accessible design, and the key components and the structure of the regulatory framework for accessibility of the built environment in Australia. It will clarify some commonly misunderstood aspects of accessible design, and identify opportunities for enhanced accessible design solutions and where to find further information.

Day 2 will include a demystification of Performance Based Design Solutions and NCC Section J. It will unpack the writing of performance solutions for ESD and provide an introduction into how architects can and should engage in the field. Looking from the perspective of the ESD consultant and the building surveyor we will discuss where and how architects can have influence to get the best outcomes for the project.

The second session of the Day 2 event will be comprised of the Case Study: Learning from LaCrosse. In this talk by Lachlan Ingram, Senior Associate at Holding Redlich, Melbourne, the legal implications for architects coming out of the Lacrosse judgement and the legacy of its use in Australia will be unpacked.

Image courtesy of John Wardle Architects

Note:
If you are keen to participate but unable to attend the full masterclass event, we are also offering the Day One and Day Two sessions as two separate, smaller 2 Formal CPD point courses. Bookings for the sessions can be made by following these links:

Day One Session
Wednesday 22 September 2021 
14:00-16:00 (AEST)

Day Two Session
Wednesday 29 September 2021 
14:00-16:00 (AEST)

Day Two
Wednesday 22 and Wednesday 29 September 2021 
14:00-16:00 (AEST)

Online Courses

Our courses are:

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

On-Demand CPD Courses

NCC Section J

Security of Payment

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LIVE CPD EVENTS

Upcoming Courses

 

PALS GRADUATE PROGRAM

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. 

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On-demand CPD Courses

All Courses

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

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

2+ cPD Points

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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

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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

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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