See below for some of our most frequently asked Continuing Professional Development questions.

What is Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

You have an obligation as a property professional and to the community to participate in professional development that improves your ability to work in the property industry by extending your knowledge and skills to meet the needs of your clients and the community, and also meets the professional standards of our membership.

 

Professional development is an ongoing process which continues over the course of a career, adapting to changes in practice environments, areas of speciality, new information and developments in practice and technology and also community and consumer needs.

Who needs to do CPD?

Members in the following categories are required to complete CPD requirements:

  • Provisional
  • Associate
  • Fellow
  • Life Fellow
What are my CPD obligations?

One (1) CPD point is accrued per one (1) hour of CPD activity or equivalent (or 0.5 point per 30 minutes).

20 CPD points are required of each Member annually (per calendar year), with the following requirements:

  • At least 10 points must be Structured CPD (see below for details)
  • At least 10 points must be CPD in property (see below for details) with the balance able to be gained in technical, professional or workplace skills related to property practice

In addition, members undertaking valuations of Australian property must hold a current API Risk Management Module Completion Certificate.

 

Click here for the API CPD Rules.

What is structured CPD?

‘Structured’ CPD means activities where an organisation or individual structures an activity for participation by the delegate. The provider determines the learning outcomes and structures the learning process. The activity could include participation time in a seminar, workshop, short course, conference, technical site visit, or on-line learning program. It may include some form of assessment of knowledge acquired.

 

Structured CPD may include higher education coursework, and reasonable claims for associated study.

What is Unstructured CPD?

‘Unstructured’ CPD means activities that are less formal but they must still be of sufficient intellectual or practical content to contribute to the member’s knowledge or skills.

 

Examples of unstructured CPD are:

  • attendance at informal knowledge sharing events,
  • informal site visits,
  • private study,
  • on-the-job training,
  • supervised practice,
  • research for articles, or
  • technical resources or presentations.

It may also include reasonable claims for relevant learning arising from coaching, mentoring, board and committee participation, professional certification or accreditation panels.

What is Property related CPD?

A ‘Property’ CPD activity must deal primarily with matters related to the member’s property related practice.

 

A ‘non-property’ CPD activity seeks to extend the member’s knowledge and professional skills in areas that are relevant to the Member’s career development. Examples areas include financial skills, management of staff, technology, practice management or business planning.

Can I do CPD with my employer?

Training organised and delivered by your employer can be counted towards your CPD. Your employer should seek pre-approval from the API.

Examples of recognised CPD activities

Structured Activities

  • Seminars
  • Professional certificate courses
  • Short courses
  • Workshops
  • Lectures
  • Postgraduate studies
  • Conferences
  • Discussion group events
  • Online modules
  • Webinars/webcasts
  • Educational recordings
  • Employer originated training
  • Site tours

 

Unstructured Activities

  • The research and preparation of an article published in a property publication
  • The research and preparation of a presentation
  • Contribution to the development of TIP, guideline, information paper or standard as a participant in Committee, Taskforce or equivalent
  • Private study specifically designed to update a Member’s knowledge and or skills
  • Reflective practice
  • Learning a new skill under the direct supervision of an experienced practitioner
  • On the job training
  • Mentoring / coaching
Are all work activities CPD activities?

Just performing your day to day job will not attract CPD. We have provided a non-exhaustive list below to guide you on what will not attract CPD points:

  • Performing your job
  • Business meetings or team meetings
  • Undertaking training on workplace systems, technology, processes
  • Meetings where the agenda comprises items relating to internal business (e.g., strategy, sales, KPIs, performance and review, human resources, internal policies).
  • Networking
  • Ad hoc reading of newsletters, journals, newspaper
How do I decide if an activity is appropriate to claim for CPD?

The activity is likely to be appropriate if:

  • it contributes or expands your knowledge or skill to your practice; and
  • you would be confident to explain why it was a good activity and how it relates to your professional development if being audited
What is the CPD Diary?

The Diary is an electronic record of your CPD activities where you can:

  • review the API Events you have attended (points are uploaded for you) and
  • add non-API CPD Events to your CPD record
How do I upload non API CPD activity?

CPD points can be loaded via the ‘My Portal’ on the API website.

Do I have to use the online API CPD diary, or can I keep my own records?

You are required to log CPD records online for API compliance and periodic audits.

I have just completed my RPV/CPV interview, can that count towards my CPD requirements?

No. The completion of the Future Property Professionals online modules will be counted towards your CPD requirements in the year that they were completed.

Does researching or preparing information for presentation or publication counts as CPD?

If you are researching or preparing new information you can count it as CPD. If you present the same material at several different forums you should not count it each time.

I am completing further postgraduate study – can I count it as CPD?

Yes, if the postgraduate study is relevant to your professional development needs.

I am already doing CPD to meet the registration requirements of another professional association – can I count the same CPD towards the API CPD requirements?

Yes, provided you complete it within the API’s CPD cycle (calendar year) and it meets the API’s requirements.

I attended a workshop/seminar/conference however they did not provide a certificate of attendance. Can I still claim this workshop towards my CPD hours?

Yes, as long as the content contributed to your knowledge or skills as a property professional, record the details of the activity in your online CPD diary with proof of attendance.

What do I need to include in the “What I have learnt” section?

A brief summary of what you have learned, how it relates to your learning plan/areas of practice, and action taken in response to this learning.

What are my CPD obligations if I only work part-time or am semi-retired?

There is no provision in the API CPD Rules to enable different CPD requirements to be set because it is expected that part-time practitioners maintain the same level of knowledge, skill and competence as full-time practitioners.

What are my CPD obligations if I was not an API member at the beginning of the year?

A member who joins or re-joins on or after the start of a CPD year must complete on a pro rata basis during the balance of the CPD year. This has automatically been applied to your CPD Diary. Please contact the API if this has not been applied.

What are my CPD obligations if I have been on parental leave or unwell or have been a full-time carer?

Members on parental leave can apply for partial or full exemption from CPD requirements. The API may consider a full or partial exemption or variation to the CPD requirements in special circumstances, such as ill health, bereavement, and carer’s leave.

 

Applications for exemptions must be submitted in writing to the General Manager – Professional Development & Education prior to the end of the calendar year. The application must include the period of time for which an exemption is being requested and outline the reasons for the exemption being sought.

 

Members may wish to consider moving to a Deferred Membership plan.

What are my CPD obligations if I have taken a career break or did not work in a property related role this CPD year?

A member may on application be granted a partial or full exemption from CPD points requirements for career breaks of between three and 12 months.

 

Applications for exemptions must be submitted in writing to the General Manager –Professional Development and Education prior to the end of the calendar year. The application must include the period of time for which an exemption is being requested and outline the reasons for the exemption being sought.

 

Members on career breaks should endeavour to keep up to date, and on return should assess risks of outdated practice, and seek targeted CPD and formal peer support accordingly.

 

Members on extended break may wish to consider a different type of membership (such as ‘Connect’).

How do I access CPD if I live in a regional area and don’t have access to CPD events?

The API currently offers over 20 online modules and a strong offering of live streamed webinars and recordings to support members who cannot access an API face to face event near their work or home location.

I am being audited for CPD, what does that mean?

The API conducts periodic audits of CPD records. You will be notified by email if you have been selected advised on what steps you need to follow.