Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

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What is CPD?

In order to determine the conditions for renewal of registration, the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) made the decision to introduce Continuing Professional Development (CPD). According to the Architectural Profession Act 2000 (Act 44 of 2000) section 22(2), SACAP may determine conditions for the renewal of registration.

SACAP has thus determined these conditions and the related CPD requirements, which was effective from 1 January 2007 to be COMPULSORY for all architectural Professionals. The purpose of CPD is the continuous development of skills which is in the best interest of Council, registered persons and the general public.

CPD Requirements

Claiming Of CPD Credits

  • CPD credits can only be claimed by the registered professional submitting claim on the prescribed form available from the SACAP website.
  • Credits are not automatically credited to a registered professional after attendance of a Category 1 activity, without the submission of a claim form. The category 1 Activity Service Provider must provide a certificate of attendance.
  • The CPD claim form must be filled in and submitted by the registered professional. SACAP does not complete the form on receipt of an attendance register of a Category 1 activity.
  • CPD credits can also be completed online. Please visit the following website: www.sacaponline.co.za
  • CPD Claims cannot only be submitted once every 5years, but must be submitted annually. CPD Portfolios must be submitted annually by no later than the end of January of the next year.

Renewal Cycles

A CPD year runs from 1 January to 31 December every year.

A CPD Cycle is period of 5 years. This period might however differ during the initial phasing in period.

After the phasing in period, as reflected in revised CPD Conditions below, renewal of registration will happen every 5 years i.e. at the end of each cycle.

Year Of First Registration:
1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003

  • 1st Renewal of Registration: 2009
  • Number of Credits required for 1st Renewal of Registration: 5
  • 2nd Renewal of Registration: 2014
  • Number of Credits required for 2nd renewal of Registration: 25

Year Of First Registration:
1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004

  • 1st Renewal of Registration: 2009
  • Number of Credits required for 1st Renewal of Registration: 5
  • 2nd Renewal of Registration: 2014
  • Number of Credits required for 2nd renewal of Registration: 25

Year Of First Registration:
1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005

  • 1st Renewal of Registration: 2010
  • Number of Credits required for 1st Renewal of Registration: 10
  • 2nd Renewal of Registration: 2015
  • Number of Credits required for 2nd renewal of Registration: 25

Year Of First Registration:
1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006

  • 1st Renewal of Registration: 2011
  • Number of Credits required for 1st Renewal of Registration: 15
  • 2nd Renewal of Registration: 2016
  • Number of Credits required for 2nd renewal of Registration: 25

Year Of First Registration:
1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007

  • 1st Renewal of Registration: 2012
  • Number of Credits required for 1st Renewal of Registration: 20
  • 2nd Renewal of Registration: 2017
  • Number of Credits required for 2nd renewal of Registration: 25

CPD Categories

CATEGORY 1: Developmental Activities

  • Attendance of structured educational/developmental meetings (conferences, seminars, workshops, lectures, etc.
  • MAXIMUM: 4 CREDITS
    COMPULSORY: 1 CREDIT
  • Maximum 4 credits can be carried over to the next 12 month cycle

CATEGORY 2A: Work-Based Activites

  • Architectural work of full time lecturing
  • 400 hrs = 1 CREDIT
    MAX 2 CREDITS
  • No credits from this category may be carried over to the next 12 month cycle

CATEGORY 2B: Work-Based Activities

  • In-house training or mentoring of candidate practitioners
  • 50 hrs = 1 CREDIT
    MAX 1 CREDITS
  • Maximum 1 credit can be carried over to the next 12 months cycle

CATEGORY 3A: Individual Activities

  • Membership of one or more recognised voluntary associations
  • MAX 1 CREDIT
  • No credits from this category may be carried over to the next 12 month cycle

CATEGORY 3B: Individual Activities

  • Individual Activities
  • 10 hrs = 1 CREDIT
    MAX 3 CREDITS
  • Maximum 3 credits can be carried over to the next 12 months cycle

Certificates

Certificates of attendance of category 1 activities

  • Certificates of Attendance for Category 1 activities are not issued by SACAP, but by the Service Provider (i.e. Accredited Learning Site or Recognised Voluntary Association) that validated the activity.
  • Certificates of Attendance need not be submitted to SACAP with the CPD Portfolio but this certificate must be retained as proof of attendance, as SACAP may be required to conduct an audit of any claim submitted by a registered professional.

SACAP Registration Certificates

  • New SACAP Registrations Certificates, valid for a period of 5 years, are issued after renewal of registration at the end of every 5 year CPD cycle.
  • The new certificate will only be issued after return of the ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE that was initially issued.
  • If a registered professional does not have an original certificate, an affidavit to that effect must be submitted before a new certificate will be issued.
  • New certificates cannot be collected by a third party, without written permission from the registered person.
 

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