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

What is Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?

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


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.

Who needs to do CPD?

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

  • Provisional
  • Associate
  • Fellow
  • Life Fellow

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

What are my CPD obligations?

The obligations are:

  • 10 CPD points for members in the MAPI category
  • 20 CPD points for Members in the PMAPI; AAPI, FAPI and LFAPI categories. At least 10 points must be attained in property related CPD

Click here for the API CPD Rules.

What is compulsory CPD?

Compulsory CPD refers to areas of professional development that certain professional API members must undertake each CPD year.  Refer to Table 1 in the CPD policy for details.

What is structured CPD?

Structured CPD should ideally be designed around learning objectives and outcomes, which may include assessment. Structured CPD can include attendance and participation at a:

  • Seminar  
  • Workshop  
  • Short course  
  • Conference  
  • Technical site visit
  • Online learning program
  • Higher education coursework  

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:

  • Attendance at informal knowledge sharing events  
  • Attending API committee meetings or approved API working groups  
  • Self-managed learning, such as reading, for example Technical Information Paper (TIP)
Can I do CPD with my employer?

Training organised and delivered by your employer can be counted towards your CPD. Evidence of these activities, such as learning outcomes, evidence of participation, record of attendance will need to be uploaded to your CPD Diary when creating your diary entry.

Are all work activities CPD activities?

Just performing your dayto 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, newspapers
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 API CPD Diary and do I have to use it?

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

  • Review the API Events you have attended (points are automatically uploaded)
  • Add External CPD Events to your CPD record

All members need to use the API CPD Diary.

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.

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
How do I upload External CPD activities?

CPD points can be added to your API CPD diary via the Learning Management System accessible by logging in to your API Member Portal and then clicking on the “LMS” button at the top-right of your screen.

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

You cannot claim the interview towards CPD.  However, 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 you present it.

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 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.


I was not an API Member at the beginning of the year 

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. Refer to Table 3 in the CPD Policy.


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 also consider a full or partial exemptions from the CPD requirements in special circumstances, such as ill health, bereavement, and carer’s leave.  

Please complete the application form below.


I have taken a career break or did not work in a property related role this CPD year?

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

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 breaks may wish to consider a different type of membership (such as MAPI or ‘Connect’) and are encouraged to explore and understand these options before they make a decision 

Please complete the application form below.


Application for CPD Exemption

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

    The API currently offers a range of online modules as well as 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 annual audits of CPD reports. within the API CPD Diary. You will be notified by email if your CPD record is being audited and supported through this process.