Architects are required to undertake continuous professional development (CPD) research. Every corporate member of the RIBA must do 35 hours of CPD a year. Of this, up to 17 hours can be general reading and research which must be documented in your professional development plan (PDP).
The RIBA's policy is to monitor a random five per cent sample of practices at the end of each year, asking to see the record sheets and PDPs of RIBA members. It states that 'practices which, after a series of requests, fail to provide evidence of satisfactory training could be dropped from the register'.
Answering Cadweb's general-study questionnaire (right), can be deemed, in concert with reading the preceding article, to represent one hour of general CPD research.
Individuals sending or faxing completed questionnaires to Cadweb will receive a CPD statement of compliance to that effect, provided that a score of 25 or more has been achieved. Alternatively, you can complete the questionnaire online at www. cadweb. co. uk Available scores are indicated in brackets.