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RIBA CPD Core Curriculum

​RIBA CPD Core Curriculum

Part of your CPD obligation as an RIBA chartered member is to do CPD from ten mandatory core curriculum topics. You are expected to obtain at least two CPD hours in each of the ten annually, (so at least 20 hours total). This CPD Core Curriculum helps you to spend CPD time maintaining competence in basic architectural skills. At the same time, it gives you the freedom to tailor your CPD to your personal and professional needs and circumstances. These are the ten topics, subject to change later in 2017:

  • 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

How you do your core curriculum CPD is up to you, as is the approach to each topic. The accompanying syllabus suggests many possible knowledge areas, but what you do will be dependent of your own circumstances.

Some of your core curriculum CPD would be structured, and some might be informal and self-directed. You might also include some reading and microlearning. The RIBA will provide CPD, information and resources. However, CPD does not have to come from or be accredited by the RIBA to count.

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