CPD at the RIBA

Notes for international Members

News Flash: New for Autumn 2013: RIBA Project Management courses in Dubai and Qatar, October and November. Details: RIBA Certificate in Construction Project Management

All chartered members are required to undertake their CPD obligations. However, we understand that options in some parts of the world might be limited. No matter where you are – even if you are UK-based – your CPD ought to reflect your personal needs and circumstances, and the level of expertise that you require.

Your CPD as an international member ought to reflect the local statutory requirements and cultural background of the country in which you practise, so the RIBA does not expect you to undertake UK-related CPD. Also, any CPD or continuing education done in accordance with other countries' guidelines for architects is allowable in its entirety.

Many practices link training with their yearly performance reviews and appraisals, and business plans. CPD need not be additional to this other training that you are receiving; it can be one and the same. If you are already attending courses, seminars or conferences, then be sure to record these. Many people will undertake this type of training anyway.

Why not consider making an audit of skills among your office or other colleagues and professionals and train each other? Some people in the UK are forming CPD clubs and self-help groups. This concept could work anywhere. Just networking with fellow architects can be valid and extremely useful CPD.

When you really are unable to find structured CPD or training, then the solution is to be creative. Think about your personal knowledge and requirements, and ideally jot down a list of matters that require your attention. Think of open/distance learning, web-based learning, videos, reading, writing/research and networking. Remember that any training you access that enhances your role as an architect, your career, future development or business is valid CPD.

RIBA Gulf chapter has introduced monthly CPD for local members in the Gulf region providing relevant informative seminars and building visits. CPD can also be found through joint initiatives with the Architectural Heritage Society UAE, Kuwait University and the American University of Sharjah.

The International Union of Architects (UIA) has developed a database of CPD courses worldwide from some of its member sections.

A CPD accord was negotiated by RIBA-USA and signed between RIBA and American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 1997. The accord allows CPD or CE from either body to count on a one for one basis, worldwide.

RIBA USA chapters also provide CPD for local members in America.

Contact also the Commonwealth Association of Architects and the The Association of Commonwealth Societies of Architects in the Caribbean

UIA member bodies with CPD programmes you can tap into - this list will be augmented. In Canada, the US, Germany and Spain see also the provincial, state, federal or regional associations.

Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland
Le Groupe pour l'Education Permanente des Architectes (France)
American Institute of Architects
New Zealand Institute of Architects
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
Royal Australian Institute of Architects
South African Institute of Architects
Hong Kong Institute of Architects
Singapore Institute of Architects
Royal Dutch Institute of Architects
Indian Institute of Architects
Consejo Superior de los Colegios de Arquitectos de Espana
Architectural Institute of Japan
Bundesarchitektenkammer (Deutschland)
Malaysian Institute of Architects

Other places to look locally for your CPD are below (although they may not call it 'CPD' you can count it as CPD yourself). You will probably be able to think of some other ideas yourself. Key words these organisations might use are 'training', 'courses', 'lectures', 'further education', 'continuing education', 'skills', 'lifelong learning', 'adult education' and similar.

  • National, local or regional architecture or design organisations
  • Commercial training companies
  • Trade shows and exhibitions
  • Schools of architecture or engineering
  • Other university or college programmes
  • CAD and IT companies
  • Conference organisers
  • Heritage organisations
  • Sustainability organisations
  • Museum education and lecture programmes

Other professional bodies - both construction and business-related; for example, in the UK, certain accountancy bodies, offer public training courses.

Useful websites that feature international architecture and design events listings:

See also the accompanying document on online and distance learning.

Advice on CPD for international members is available from cpd@riba.org.  


Top of page