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Can I be exempted from CPD?

The Council may grant full or partial exemption from the requirements of these conditions for such period within the five year cycle as the Council may deem appropriate and reasonable.

A retired registered person, who no longer carries out any architectural work, either in a consulting capacity or in a salaried position, is exempted from these conditions provided that such retired registered person is listed on the Council's database in the Non-Practising Category.How will SACAP monitor compliance with these conditions?

A random audit will be conducted every year. The registered person will be required to submit documentary proof of all her CPD credits claimed on the portfolio claim form.

What about if I was registered before 1 January 2007, Am I still affected by these conditions? How?

Yes, SACAP has made transitional arrangements for the phasing in of these conditions. Table A in Part D - Transitional provisions will show you when your current registration is deemed to have expired.

How do I determine my annual cycle?

The annual cycle runs from 1 January to 31 December of every calendar year and is not dependant on the month of your registration anniversary.

How often and in what form must I inform SACAP of my CPD activities

Activities may be recorded manually on the prescribed portfolio claim for downloadable from the SACAP website and then either faxed, posted or emailed back to SACAP; or entered electronically in a password protected domain on the SACAP website; no later than 30 days after the completion of each annual cycle.

What about if I have lost/ misplaced my certificate?

You need to report to the police and to SACAP as soon as you realise that you no longer have your certificate. You will need to furnish SACAP with a sworn statement (affidavit).

What about my registration certificate?

The old certificate must be returned to SACAP and a new certificate will be sent to all persons whose registration has been renewed.

How do I know that my registration has been renewed?

SACAP will send you written notification within 30 days of expiry of your registration.

When should I apply for renewal of my registration? And how?

At least 3 month before expiry of your current registration.
Application must be made on the prescribed application form and proof of payment for the administration fee must be submitted to SACAP.

When is the deadline for renewal of registration?

The deadline for the first group was set at 1 September 2007. SACAP has extended the deadline for the first group by one year. Registered persons, who fall within this first group, are thus able to continue practicing under their current registration for an additional year, and will then need to apply for renewal of registration by September 2008.

What will you do to me if I refuse to comply?

Any registered person who wilfully refuses to undertake CPD activities or comply with the CPD conditions is guilty of improper conduct and provisions of sections27(3), 28, 29, 30 , 31, 32 and 33 of the Act shall apply.

What about if I do not want to engage in CPD activities because I do not see its relevance to my career

With effect from 1 January 2008, registrations will be valid for only 5 years, renewal of registration will depend on you complying with a number of conditions set by SACAP one being accumulation of the necessary CPD credits as specified.


What about if I am working outside the borders of this country

If you are working abroad where a system of CPD is established, the requirements and activities engaged in that country shall be accepted subject to you giving documentary evidence of such activities to the Registrar who, in consultation with the CPD committee will make final approval.


Where do I get information regarding validated courses?

Category 1 activity information will be provided by the recognised Voluntary Associations and accredited Architectural Learning Sites.
In addition information supplied to SACAP will be listed under News & Events on the SACAP website.
Please note that SACAP is not responsible for the validation or delivery of courses of category one CPD activities.


What happens to the extra credits I have accumulated?

Credit accumulated in excess of 5 during any year within the registration cycle can be carried over to subsequent years as contained in Appendix A of the Conditions.


What is the overall minimum credit required per annum

The minimum number of credits required in any year is 3 on condition that if your registration is expiring you will have to have the full total credit of 25 in a normal 5 year cycle. (An average of 5 credits per year).Is there a minimum or maximum annual requirement for this Category?

A maximum of 3 credits in addition to the membership of a recognised VA and post-graduate studies a maximum of 3 credits may be accumulated per annum.


How do I earn CPD credits?

CPD credits can be earned by engagement in various activities across three categories.


What is meant by Individual activities

a. Membership of a Voluntary Association - 1 credit per annum.
b. Other activities
Relevant postgraduate studies - 5 credits per annum
(range of other activities are listed in the Appendix A of the CPD Conditions as published by SACAP)


Is there a minimum or maximum annual requirement for this Category?

Yes, A maximum of 2 credits is can be claimed every year for
a. above.
A maximum of 1 credit may be claimed for b. above every year


What is meant by Work – based Activities

a. By performing your day-to-day architectural responsibilities in a practice or by lecturing full-time in an architectural educational institution, you are improving your knowledge, skills and competency.
1 credit for every 400 hours worked per annum
b. In addition mentoring of candidates and in-house training sessions also count towards this category.
1 credit for every 50 hours of mentoring per annum


Is there a minimum annual requirement for Category one?

Yes, A minimum of one credit is compulsory every year.
(A maximum of 4 credits may be accumulated every year).


What is meant by Developmental Activities

These are structured educational/developmental activities organised by recognised Voluntary Associations and accredited Architectural Educational Institutions. These may be inactive or non-interactive
Interactive activities: 2 credits for every 10 hours
Non-interactive activities: 1 credit for every 10 hours
Refresher courses


What are the components of CPD?

The SACAP CPD conditions prescribe three categories of Activities:Category 1, Development Activities Category 2, Work-based Activities Category 3, Individual Activities


What is the role of the employer

To encourage registered employees to participate in CPD activities that will enhance both their productivity and their professional competence.


What is the role of the accredited Educational Institutions with regards to CPD?

accredited Educational Institutions offer Category 1 CPD activities.
By virtue of their SACAP validated status all lectures/workshops offered are deemed to be validated.


What is the role of the recognised Voluntary Associations (VAs) with regards to CPD?

Recognised Voluntary Associations (VAs) and accredited offer Category 1 CPD activities. Recognised VAs are also approved to validate and monitor Category 1 CPD activities offered by other providers.


What is the role of SACAP with regard to CPD?

SACAP's role is to develop the CPD policy.
SACAP must also record, evaluate and audit CPD claims, for the sake of approval of the renewal of registrations.


Is CPD Compulsory?

Yes, CPD is compulsory for all architectural professionals in registered with SACAP.Why does a professional need to undertake CPD?

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) obligations exist to help ensure that qualified professionals maintain their competence to practice.

At its very basic level, CPD is for consumer protection. It is also a way of ensuring that architects keep up-to-date within a rapidly changing profession. CPD should also enhance an architect's current and future development (professionally, personally and for staff within a business). As a summary CPD is important for the following:maintain competence learn new skills and gain knowledge understand the current legislative and statutory requirements retain public confidence


Who must comply with the SACAP CPD Conditions

All persons registered in all the professional categories as described by SACAP.

What is CPD?

The definition of CPD as defined by the CIOB and adopted by the UK construction sector is " the systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of knowledge and skills and the development of personal qualities necessary for the execution of professional and technical duties throughout your working life" - CIOB International.
Continuous Professional Development is a self-driven professional improvement strategy.
The RIBA simply refer to CPD as "Any learning activity that contributes to your ability to practise architecture or to manage your practice is valid CPD."

According to the Architectural Profession Act 2000 (Act 44 of 2000) section 22(2), the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) may determine conditions for the renewal of registration.
SACAP has thus determined these conditions and the related CPD requirements, which have been effective from 1 January 2007. CPD is compulsory for all architectural professionals and for the renewal of registration.

CPD refers to the following activities which should take place throughout a professional's architectural career:Continuing education and training; Systematic maintenance, improvement and broadening of knowledge and skills; Development of personal qualities necessary for the execution of professional and technical duties.