CPD rules

Learning levels 

What are learning levels?

The RIBA’s approach to CPD brings together hours, points, topics and activities.

Theoretically, any relevant learning activity can count as CPD. While all 10 core curriculum topics apply to all members, the level at which you pursue them is entirely flexible. It needs to be relevant to you, of the level of detail you need, the amount of expertise you require, and the needs of your business. However, the more detail and expertise you need, the more detailed your CPD is likely to be. We have identified three potential learning levels for any topic, which increase in intensity depending on the expertise you need and the time you invest.

General awareness CPD is enough to keep you generally up to date and competent. You can maintain and improve this awareness by (for example) reading, researching, going to RIBA CPD Providers Network seminars or Roadshows, using RIBAonlinecpd.com or knowing where to go for advice and information on a topic. General awareness of a topic does not mean you are an expert.

Detailed knowledge CPD should give you a higher level of expertise than for someone with only general awareness. It also means you can advise others of any implications. You can gain this level by attending the RIBA’s core or extra national seminars, or other half-day courses or seminars (whether face-to-face, online or distance).

Advanced knowledge CPD can help you to gain specialist, expert knowledge that you can market to clients and transfer to employees to help build your business, prove your expertise, or get new work. You can achieve this level by carrying out advanced courses (such as RIBA Advanced CPD) lasting at least three days, potentially leading to certificates of achievement, diplomas or additional post-graduate degrees.

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