VOLUNTARY CPD WITH THE BDAQ
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BDAQ aims to engage and uphold the professionalism of BDAQ Building Designers in the logging of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Not only will each member have a measureable level of personal professional advancement of their Building Design knowledge and skills set, each member will also contribute to the improvement of the BDAQ membership body. Standing out as the strong professional association leader for Building Designers in Queensland improves BDAQ’s position with complementary and aligned professionals in the Building and Construction Industry.
Maintaining this program may result in additional benefits offered by Professional Indemnity Insurers – check with insurers for their position on CPD.
Through this program, the association is able to select and establish preferences to allocate CPD to best benefit members prior to any requirements that could be enforced by QBCC in the future. This CPD program aims to support BDAQ members in achieving the first two of the seven keys of the BDAQ Code of Ethics.
BDAQ CODE OF ETHICS
Members shall truly and diligently carry out their obligations in the awareness that their prime commitment and responsibility is to maintain and promote the highest standard within the built environment community with consumer protection being paramount.
Members shall continuously improve their knowledge of the profession by keeping informed about changes in the building industry and associated legislation, to provide increasingly effective sustainable design solutions for the community.
PROGRAM OUTLINE AND PROCEDURE
Key dates and basic procedure
The CPD year will start on 1 March and conclude on the last day of February the following year.
At the beginning of the CPD year, BDAQ members should read through the information under “Required level of commitment” (next page) and note the annual requirements for their relevant member category.
This document can then be completed electronically throughout the CPD year to record all relevant activity.
At the end of the year, members must print, sign, then scan and submit by email to BDAQ administration (email@example.com) by the due date, 1 April.
BDAQ staff will process and approve members’ CPD records before the annual BDAQ Membership renewal date on 1 May (membership invoices will be sent by the BDAQ at the beginning of April).
Once each member’s CPD records have been processed and approved, and their annual fees are paid, BDAQ will issue a Current BDAQ Membership and CPD Certificate of Compliance. BDAQ members may then keep this for their records and when required, present to the QBCC at licence renewal and to PI Insurers.
All members are responsible to retain, for a period of three years, all relevant records such as CPD attendance certificates, memberships and academic certificates issued by BDAQ and other providers that support the logged CPD program. This information will not be required to be submitted to BDAQ, but may be used as formal evidence of completed CPD where relevant by authorities and insurers. BDAQ will conduct annual compliance audits of randomly selected members.
Please ensure all attendance forms are signed when provided. Informal activities do not require any certified proof of action.
BDAQ will keep members informed of any updated versions of this document. In the meantime, the year in the document header can be readily updated by double left clicking in the header, and typing the relevant year.
Planning an individual CPD Program
Members can plan their own individual CPD program, best suited to their own needs and requirements. Refer to the table on page 4 which sets out the Formal and Informal CPD criteria and corresponding earning points. This information must be referred to for relevant Activity Codes when completing the CPD log on the following pages. A member’s CPD program may comprise of all Formal Activities or a combination of Formal and Informal Activities.
Formal and Informal activities are defined clearly, so plot the appropriate activity code, date, duration and table the points earned. Describe briefly each event name, location and the organisation. Informal activities have their own table and a brief description of what has been read or watched and some key points learnt will be adequate. The example given in the table can be deleted after initial reading.