COMPULSORY CPD WITH BDAQ
BDAQ aims to protect and promote the profession of Building Design. One way which this can be achieved is to provide members with a platform by which they can demonstrate their commitment to maintaining relevant and current knowledge of technical, professional and ethical standards. This commitment to continuous learning will set our members apart from non-members.
Not only will you have a measurable level of personal and professional advancement of your Building Design knowledge and skills set, you will also contribute to the improvement of the BDAQ membership body. This program will contribute to ensuring that BDAQ continues to be recognised as the industry association leader for Building Designers in Queensland and improves BDAQ’s position with complementary and aligned professionals in the Building and Construction Industry.
Maintaining a CPD program is viewed favourably by insurance underwriters and may result in additional benefits through reduced premiums for your Professional Indemnity Insurance Policy.
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, coincident with the membership year 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 CPD year, members must print, sign, then scan and submit by email to BDAQ administration (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 the 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 to support your CPD program. This information will not be required to be submitted to BDAQ but may be used as formal evidence of your CPD where relevant by authorities and insurers. BDAQ will conduct annual compliance audits of randomly selected members. Please ensure you sign all attendance forms 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 your own CPD Program
When planning the CPD program best suited to you and your improvement needs, refer to the table on page 4. This sets out formal and informal CPD criteria and corresponding earning points. Refer to this information for relevant Activity Codes when completing the CPD log on the following pages. Your CPD 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 you have earned. Describe briefly each event name, location and the organisation. Informal activities have their own table and a brief description of what you have read or watched and some key points you learned will be adequate. An example is given in the table which you can delete after initial reading.