What is the core curriculum?

Members must carry out at least two hours of study in each of these ten areas every year. 

  • Being safe – health and safety

  • Climate – sustainable architecture

  • External management – clients, users and delivery of services

  • Internal management – professionalism, practice, business and management

  • Compliance – legal, regulatory and statutory framework and processes

  • Procurement and contracts

  • Designing and building it – structural design, construction, technology and engineering

  • Where people live – communities, urban and rural design and the planning process

  • Context – the historic environment and its setting

  • Access for all – universal or inclusive design.

The ten topics come with suggested study notes, below.  These study notes offer a suggested approach to competence in each of the ten topics. They propose dozens of potential sub-topics from which you could plan your own CPD.  

You are free to develop your CPD based on our study notes, or you may instead choose other learning pathways. As long the subject of study fits in one of the ten broad topics somehow, it will count toward your core curriculum subject requirement. What, where, from whom, at what detail and how you choose to study each of the ten topics depends on the expertise you need in practice.

The possibility for permissible learning activities in the core curriculum is very broad, too. Whether your learning was structured and formal, or informal, general and self-directed, if you learned from it, and it covered a core curriculum topic, it was CPD. The CPD does not have to be formal, it does not have to be spelled out in our suggested study notes and it does not have to come from or be accredited by the RIBA to count.

Many members may only need general awareness CPD for some or all ten of the topics. The more expertise you need in practice, however, the more detailed your CPD in that topic ought to be. Depending on the expertise you need, your Core Curriculum CPD can include anything from weekly reading at one end of the spectrum, to extra qualifications at the other, with a large variety of learning activities in-between.

Study notes (pdf 81kB)