New CPD Scheme Proposed

The Building Safety Act 2022 has broadened the Architects Registration Board’s (ARB) authority to monitor and assess the competence of architects throughout their careers by allowing the creation of a new continuing professional development (CPD) scheme for registered architects.

In response to this ARB has launched a new public consultation on its plans for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

The CPD scheme will be focused on the outcomes of CPD carried out, rather than the fact that training has been undertaken. Architects will be required to carry out and record their CPD activities, and to reflect on the impact that their development has had on their competence and practice.

All architects will be required to comply with ARB’s CPD Scheme when it launches in full in 2024. The three-month consultation is an opportunity for architects to review ARB’s proposals in detail and share their views before the Board finalises the Scheme.

ARB set the following principles for the new CPD Scheme:

  • Improve the overall competence of the profession.
  • Tailored by architects to their own practice and needs.
  • Proportionate and deliverable.
  • Avoid duplication where possible.

To read the draft Scheme click: Draft Scheme for Continuing Professional Development

To read more information and background on the consultation click here.

RSUA is currently working on formulating a response to this consultation with the help of RSUA Members; Joan McCloy, Cathal Fearon and Hana Stolcovah.