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RIBA unveils tweaked CPD curriculum

The RIBA has revealed ‘radical’ plans to overhaul and simplify the CPD curriculum

Coming into force in September, the revised curriculum reduces the syllabus from 31 topics to 10 which must be covered over a one year period in of over five years.

The new 10 topics are:

  • Being safe: health and safety
  • Climate: sustainable architecture
  • External: clients, users, and delivery of services 
  • Internal: professionalism, practice, business and management 
  • Compliance: legal, regulatory and statutory framework and processes
  • Buying it: building procurement and contracts
  • Constructing it: structural design, construction, technology and engineering
  • Where we live: communities, urban design and planning process
  • Context: the historic environment and its setting
  • Access for all: universal/inclusive design

Under the new rules architects must complete at least two hours of training for each topic over the course of a year.

The revised curriculum also means RIBA Members will be required to meet the following requirements:

  • 35 hours of CPD input
  • 100 points assigned to activities as a means of self-reflection
  • At least half, where possible, should be structured
  • At least 20 hours to be assigned to core curriculum topics, at least two hours per topic each year.

Joni Tyler, RIBA head of CPD policy said: ‘We are very excited about this streamlined yet effective and innovative new approach to learning.

‘This should help our members much more easily to stay resilient and yet to maintain basic skills at the same time. It will also help the RIBA to refine and better target its CPD offers to our members.’

Virginia Newman, practice director at KSR Architects and chair of RIBA CPD sub-committee said: ‘This overhaul of the CPD Core Curriculum has created an easy to use, flexible and relevant curriculum which, at the basic level, will help architects to stay up to date or will direct them towards gaining expert knowledge in specific fields.

‘We believe this will create better prepared, safer and more successful architects.’


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