RIBA CPD Quick guide
Continuing professional development (CPD) is obligatory for all chartered members of the Royal Institute of British Architects regardless of their professional circumstances.
This quick guide should answer any questions you may have about maintaining your records, changes in your circumstances, and how to keep up to date with your CPD obligations.
You can also check your obligations as a member of the RIBA, or log in to your online account to record your RIBA CPD.
Q: Can I use another form of recording or providing evidence? For example, the practice I work at tracks everyone’s training.
A: We are unable to accept alternative forms of proof or recording. We are looking for very specific information and data for individual chartered members, who are obliged to record their own activities on our platform.
Q: I teach (or do some other role not in a practice) – do I have to do CPD?
A: You have the same obligations as any other chartered member, and you are expected to record your activities on the RIBA’s online recording platform. However, your CPD should be relevant to your working and professional circumstances. You will be the best judge of what your CPD programme will be based on what you do.
Q: I recently qualified and only became a member in July (for example). Do I have to complete only half of the necessary hours as I joined mid-term?
A: Your obligation starts when you join and hence is pro-rated for the first year. If you joined in July, your obligation would be around half for the first year.
Q: I am not based in the UK – how can I do CPD?
A: You have the same obligations as any other chartered member, and you are expected to record your activities on the RIBA’s online recording platform. However, any CPD you do locally will count towards your requirement. You are not expected to double the requirement or do special or separate RIBA CPD. Contact the registration body or professional organisation in the country in which you reside and practice for what’s available to access locally. In Canada, Spain, Germany, Italy, Turkey and the USA, contact your provincial, regional or state associations. We are developing more CPD for members in the Middle East and the Gulf: bookmark the RIBA Gulf pages to be kept up to date.
Q: I work part time as an architect, 17.5 hours a week. Are the CPD expectations the same as for full time employees?
A: The 35 hours are calculated as the minimum time someone needs to spend maintaining skills and competence. It relates to one’s status as a chartered architect, rather than the number of hours one may or may not work. 35 hours per year equates to 45 minutes per week.
Q: I have been on maternity leave and I won’t be able to undertake the required hours of CPDs. I have been keeping informed informally, but how can I reflect that onto my CPD online record?
A: We understand that you may not have been able to complete your structured CPD activities during your maternity leave so if you just log any of the informal learning you have been doing then that will be sufficient. The RIBA is also starting to offer webinars via our CPD Academy.
Q: I am unwell and not working. How can I keep up?
A: All chartered members are obliged to maintain their competence to practice by way of undertaking and recording their CPD. The annual obligation equals only 45 minutes a week.
However, it can be difficult for some people to attend face to face CPD. Many informal and self-directed activities can also count as CPD. We suggest reading the architecture and construction press online (Dezeen, ArchDaily, AJ, BD, Building, Infrastructure Intelligence), and any RIBA and NBS updates.
You may also do some online learning when you have time, and listen to podcasts.
The RIBA is also starting to offer webinars via our CPD Academy.
So, whenever you are able to, try to plug into these informal sources, just to maintain competence, keep up to date, and do some learning.
Q: I am semi-retired, or thinking of retiring.
A: Only fully retired members who are not working in any professional or advisory capacity are exempt.