The NZRAB is required by law to confirm every five years that all architects are still competent. This is done by a review procedure known as a Competence Review.
One of the competence review requirements is that the architect being reviewed must “demonstrate that he or she has taken reasonable steps to maintain the currency of his or her architectural knowledge and skills since the last assessment” (Registered Architects Rules 2006, Rule 21(1)(b)).
To assist architects meet this requirement, a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Framework is available. Each Registered Architect is thus able to access an individual webpage through which the architect can record the CPD activities that he or she has done. Then when the architect is having a competence review, he or she can provide as evidence a read-out of the CPD he or she has done in the past five years.
Each architect’s CPD webpage also provides advice of CPD opportunities that are available and enrolment mechanisms. The CPD Framework is administered for the NZRAB by the New Zealand Institute of Architects Inc (NZIA).
To further assist architects, the CPD Framework has built in a points system for quantifying the relative value of different CPD activities. When an architect records a CPD activity the activity is awarded points depending on an estimate of the CPD’s relative worth.
In this context, a CPD Points Target has been established for architects to aspire to. If an architect reaches his or her CPD Points Target, then at his or her Competence Review this is deemed sufficient evidence that the architect has taken "reasonable steps to stay current".
If an architect has not reached his or her CPD Points Target, then a judgement is made as to whether the architect has taken reasonable steps to stay current, relative to the kind of work that the architect does.
More information on the points target is available.
CPD for Graduates
Persons who are working towards registration can also use the NZRAB’s CPD Framework.
This is available for persons who either hold a qualification recognised for registration as an architect, or have had a NZRAB equivalency assessment as a first step towards registration, or are participants in the NZIA APL Registration Programme.
As a result, persons working towards registration can extend their knowledge, engage with the profession, and develop the professional development habits that are required of Registered Architects.
Note that participants do not receive CPD points because, unlike a Registered Architect, they don’t need them. Registered Architects are awarded CPD points so they can quantify their professional development activities when having their five-yearly competence reviews. Persons working towards registration do not need this.
To access, please download the application form.