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RIBA CPD Core Curriculum

​RIBA CPD Core Curriculum

We have updated the ten mandatory RIBA CPD Core Curriculum topics in response to the skills our members need to practise architecture now and in the future.

The revised topics will help members maintain competence, acquire new skills, contend with disruption, future-proof themselves and their businesses, and deliver socially purposeful architecture.

The full curriculum will launch mid-November 2017. The first CPD session will be at Guerrilla Tactics, and next year’s core CPD programme will be open for booking in December.

The ten new or revised topics, which will be fully mandatory by the end of 2018, are:

  • Architecture for social purpose (new topic)
  • Health, safety and wellbeing
  • Business, clients and services
  • Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance
  • Procurement and contracts
  • Sustainable architecture
  • Inclusive environments
  • Places, planning and communities
  • Conservation and heritage
  • Design, construction and technology

Chartered Members are obliged to attain at least two hours in each of the ten topics every year. For further information and advice contact cpd@riba.org

The previous list, which will be phased out in 2018, is

  • 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.


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