'CPD' is a general term for any learning activity. Depending on the expertise you need, your time spent on CPD can include anything from weekly reading at one end of the spectrum, to extra qualifications at the other, with an endless variety of learning activities in-between.
You may only need general awareness CPD for some or all topics. However, you need to be aware that the expertise you need in a topic, the more detailed your CPD in that topic ought to be. You can use whatever method you want to keep learning - whatever the activity, whatever the source. We do not accredit or assess individual activities, nor do we assess course providers other than our CPD Providers Network.
Many different activities count as CPD. We divide them up into 'structured' and 'informal' CPD.
Structured CPD is often based in a classroom and can be carried out in-house, at other venues or online. Structured CPD will have clear learning aims and outcomes given to you by the learning provider.
Examples of structured CPD activities include lunchtime seminars, conferences, courses and gaining some extra relevant qualifications. Suppliers of structured learning to use as CPD include, among others:
seminars from RIBA's nations and regions
the RIBA CPD Providers Network
the RIBA Online CPD
RIBA CPD Roadshows
universities and colleges
other professional bodies
research organisations such as BRE
seminars and workshops from other suppliers
Informal CPD covers everything else you might do to learn, and will usually mean it is self-directed and learning aims will not have been provided for you. Informal CPD includes the following:
|Using RIBA Knowledge Communities
||Researching relevant websites|
|Using RIBA LinkedIn and Facebook pages
||Using relevant social media|
|Reading books, journals and technical material
|Reading weekly RIBA or trade press emails
||Carrying out site visits and study tours|
|Visiting trade shows and exhibitions
||Listening to podcasts|
|Carrying out relevant voluntary activities
Plain English Campaign's Crystal Mark applies to the CPD pages only.