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What is CPD?

In terms of Section 13(k) of the Architectural Profession Act, 2000 (Act 44 of 2000) SACAP determined the conditions relating to and the nature and extent of CPD required in order to qualify for the renewal of registration as contemplated in Section 22(2) of the said Act.

The relevant CPD conditions were initially set out in Board Notice 31 of 2009, and amended by the schedule, published in the Government Gazette on 17 March 2017, as Board Notice 43 of 2017


All persons who are registered in a professional registration category, listed under Section 18(1)(a) and (c) of the Act, are required to undertake CPD in order to renew their registration.

This includes all registered professionals practising abroad.

Only persons who are retired and no longer carry out any architectural work, are exempt from the CPD requirements.  It is important to note that a person must be listed as ‘Retired’ on SACAP’s database in order to qualify as such.

CPD Requirements


  • The Council may, upon a fully motivated and substantiated application (accompanied by proof of payment for the application) grant full or partial exemption from the requirements of these conditions.

  • An exemption may be granted for such a period as the Council may deem appropriate and reasonable.

  • Applications for Exemption will not be considered unless accompanied by a full motivation and proof of payment for the exemption.

  • The exemption is only granted for a calendar year and application for exemption must be done on an annual basis, where necessary.



  • Where a system of CPD is being applied in any particular country, such requirements may be accepted by the Council, provided that documentary proof of compliance with such CPD requirements is submitted; which may be in the form of a certificate by the relevant accrediting authority in the country concerned;

  • Any Registered Person abroad may register for CPD courses in South Africa via e-learning.



  • The CPD system functions in cycles of five years

  • The table below gives an indication of renewal dates, for persons registered or re-registered up to the end of 2017.

  • Remember that:

  • The renewal date is determined by the year of current registration of the Registered Professional

  • CPD renewal must always take place on 1 January of the year indicated below, irrespective of the month of registration.



Category 1

  • Points are obtained in this category by the attendance of structured educational/developmental meetings, facilitated or validated by recognized Voluntary Associations (VAs) or facilitated by accredited Architectural Learning Sites (ALS).

  • Mentoring architectural students in the studio at any of the accredited SACAP Architectural Learning Sites (ALS) on a voluntary basis for at least 4 hours per week over a period of a year to the maximum of 5 points per year.



Category 2a

  • As registered professionals improve their knowledge and competence by performing their day-to-day architectural responsibilities, a weighting of one category 2a point is awarded for every 400 hours of architectural work performed per annum.

  • A maximum of 2 points (800 hours) may be claimed annually for this activity.  Full-time lecturing at an educational institution also falls in this category.

Category 2b

  • In addition, the Mentoring of registered Candidates (persons registered as Candidates with SACAP) in the workplace will be recognized with 1 point for 50 hours of mentoring per year.

Maximum of 1 point per year.

  • In-house training sessions organised by an employer/architectural company and career guidance for candidates may also be claimed under this category.

It is important to note that ‘persons registered as Candidates’ only refer to:

  • Persons registered with SACAP as candidates; or

  • Students at an accredited Architectural Learning Site, doing their practical training.



Category 3A

  • Membership of a recognised Voluntary Association will earn a maximum of 1 point per annum.

Category 3B

  • A maximum of 3 CPD points for (30 hours) of activities may be accumulated for activities listed under this table

Points per Activity

Relevant postgraduate degree                                                                                 3 Points per year

Other relevant postgraduate qualifications                                                           2 Points per year of study

Evaluation of Masters or Doctorate thesis as an external examiner                 2 Points per year

Supervising of students undertaking postgraduate studies                               2 Points per year

Oral examinations of final year and post-graduate students                             1 Point for every 10 hours of active                                                                                                                                                 involvement

Validation of educational programs for accreditation purpose                         1 Point for every 10 hours of active                                                                                                                                                   involvement

Publication of refereed articles:

  •  Single author                                                                                                       2 Points per article

  •  Two authors                                                                                                        1 Point each per article

Publication of professional or technical articles                                                   1 Point per article

Papers presented at conferences or congresses                                                  1 Point

Presentations given at workshops, seminars, refresher courses, etc.              2 Points for every 10 hours

Part-time lecturing to under-graduate and post-graduate students                 1 Point for every 10 hours

Participation in statutory professional, institutional and technical or               1 Point for every 10 hours of active

non-technical committees                                                                                          involvement

Self-study which includes, but is not restricted to, studying journals                1 Point for every 10 hours of study

or electronic or computerised material. Activities under this item must

be verified                                              

Relevant community activities                                                                                   1 Point for every 10 hours, including                                                                                                                                               travel time

Specialist activities such as an arbitrator, mediator, forensic architecture,            1 Point for every 10 hours of active

environmental impact assessment, etc.                                                                   involvement

Adjudication of awards and recognised architectural competitions                  1 Point for every 10 hours of active                                                                                                                                                  involvement


Certificates of attendance of category 1 activities

  • SACAP does not issue certificates of Attendance for Category 1 activities. Certificates must be issued by the Service Provider (i.e. Accredited Learning Site or Recognised Voluntary Association) that validated the activity.

  • Certificates of Attendance must be submitted to SACAP on their portal.

SACAP Registration Certificates

  • In an effort to ensure that only registered architectural professionals submit drawings to all local authorities across South Africa, the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) has partnered with PrivySeal to provide registered architectural professionals with a real-time digital PrivySeal. The PrivySeal serves as evidence that a registration number used to submit drawings is used by the lawful owner, and the registered architectural professional is registered and in good standing with SACAP. 

  • Furthermore, PrivySeal is a real-time digital accreditation mechanism which confirms authenticity of credentials. The authenticity mechanism has a digital seal (PrivySeal) and hyperlink verification certificate, confirming registered professionals' current registration status in real-time.

  • PrivySeal can be displayed on emails, websites and social media, thus, a registered professional can embed their PrivySeal in their emails and social media profiles. Additionally, PrivySeal enables members of the public to verify registration status in real-time. 

  • Note: As long as you are in good standing with SACAP, your Certificate of Registration and PrivySeal will be available directly via unique URLs. 

  • For more information, please don’t hesitate to send your enquiries to

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