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RIBA Business Skills Webinar Series: Module Two
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RIBA Business Skills Webinar Series: Module Two

​​The RIBA has been exploring ways in which RIBA CPD seminars and courses can be made available digitally to the membership, in the UK and internationally. The RIBA is happy to be able to offer 1hrs and 1.25hrs webinars on business skills, helping you succeed in business.

Module Two: Fees: how to best calculate, negotiate and monitor

In 2019, the 5-hours, 15-min webinar series is delivered over five days, with intervening gaps, allowing you time to reflect, revise and review. You can attend all five modules in the series thus future proofing your business, or you can attend relevant modules only, if you need to refresh your understanding of each topic.

Following completion of all five webinars in the series, an attendance certificate will be issued showing that you attended the RIBA-accredited Business Skills Webinar Series.

For more information on individual modules, view the RIBA Business Skills Webinar Series Factsheet (PDF).

Webinar content and structure

There are many ways of calculating fees and experienced practitioners tend towards a proven approach that provides a reasonable return. But how good are your systems and are you really making the profits you deserve? In the modern and complex world of building procurement there is no simple answer to this question. It is necessary to understand the different appointment scenarios in order to provide an appropriate fee basis that is both competitive and viable.

This webinar will cover the key components of putting a fee proposal together, the basic principles of fee management as well as providing guidance on how to monitor resources within the office, covering:

  • Different procurement routes and Clients including traditional, D+B and Term commissions
  • Some of the challenges pitfalls of specific sectors
  • Fee calculation, how to put an effective proposal together, and what to include
  • Negotiation; the different fee tendering scenarios and how to qualify the bid
  • Resourcing and time management, how to monitor resources,
  • How to work out a charge out rate, calculation of overheads, including staff/fixed costs
  • Q&A

For more information on your requirements to attend this webinar, please view the RIBA Webinar Series page.


Peter Farrall, University of Liverpool
Peter is an architect with 25 years’ experience as a partner at a multidisciplinary firm of architects and quantity surveyors, Design Group Chester. In 2015 he became a full-time member of the academic staff at Liverpool University School of Architecture, where he is responsible for running the fourth year of the MArch programme. Peter has worked for Costain Construction as a Site Engineer, as well as practicing as an architect at KKA and Austin Smith Lord. He is closely involved with the RIBA, President Emeritus of the Liverpool Architectural Society, and has served on National Council.

Core curriculum

  1. Business, clients and services
  2. Procurement and contracts
  3. Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance

Webinar fees

Club ticket (purchase all five webinars for the price of four)

  • RIBA/CIAT members £120+VAT
  • RIBA Chartered Practice £120+VAT
  • Non-members £240+VAT


  • RIBA/CIAT members £30+VAT
  • Non-members £60+VAT

How to book

For more information on individual modules or other booking options, please contact CPD Programme team, or call +44(0)207 307 3848.

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