What is Professional Development?


1. The closing date for individuals to apply for CPP is 30 June 2016.

2. CPP is evolving into Registered Planner PIA's highest grade of membership from June 2016.

3. CPP units/courses will still be available as CPD thorough PIA.

For further information read the CPP FAQ's

Click here for the Professional Development Brochure

Professional Development (PD) addresses the need for lifelong learning in the workplace / professional environment. PD is compulsory for PIA Full Members and is strongly recommended for all other PIA members.

PD is any activity which extends or updates professional knowledge, skills or judgement, develops skills complementary to professional planning, and maintains professional competence. PD provides the means for being more productive, understanding and applying technological advances, preparing for employment/career changes and meeting the quality of service and professional competence which the public expects. It embraces not only the technical aspects of planning – it also includes soft skills, such as management, business skills, problem solving, policy development, technologies, etc.

PD Requirements

How do I comply with PD Requirements?

Full Members are required to achieve 60 PD points in a consecutive two-year period, and the CPP Course units will count significantly towards PD. Each hour of PD such as seminar, conference attendance, involvement in PIA Committees, etc will attract 1 PD point per hour of activity. More intensive activities such as workshops, the CPP Courses, tertiary education, preparation of articles for publication in peer reviewed journals will attract 2 PD points per hour of activity. Members are required to keep records of their PD participation and compliance is randomly audited. The PD policy and Guidelines can be accessed below, together with a PD record sheet.

Access to PD

PIA recognises that some members, particularly those in rural/regional areas, those who work part time and balance work and other responsibilities, together with many in urban areas find it difficult to access face to face PD activities. The PD policy suggests alternative ways in which PD can be accessed – including structured reading and learning. In addition, PIA is working towards providing on-line and distance PD opportunities for members. PIA already identifies courses run by other recognised education and training providers which can be accessed as PD – details can be accessed below.

What counts as PD?

Whilst members are encouraged to support PIA’s Divisional PD programs which are tailored to meet their members’ needs, the revised PD Policy provides a degree of flexibility to enable them to meet the variety of circumstances in which they find themselves. Members are expected to embrace the spirit of PD and assess for themselves whether the PD activities they undertake are genuinely and demonstrably relevant to their career / professional development, in accordance with the PD Policy. However, PIA staff are available to assist with any queries – contact cpp@planning.org.au.

PIA’s State and Territory Divisions provide the principal programs of PD activities for their members, focusing particularly on topical issues facing planning professionals. State and territory events can be viewed via the Divisions pages, and a full list of PIA Events can be viewed on the Calendar page.

In addition to the Divisional PD programs, PIA recognises that to maintain and enhance their professional knowledge and skills as their careers progress, and as the planning profession embraces new and broader ranges of knowledge, skills, values and technologies, planning professionals have a need to develop career relevant non-planning skills, as part of their life-long learning.

To assist members to meet their increasingly diverse need, PIA identifies a range of courses provided by recognised education institutions. Whilst this does include on-campus courses, the focus is on courses which can be undertaken off-campus – to assist members who need to contain the time spent away from their workplace, and in particular to meet the needs of rural and regional members. Details of these courses can be accessed below.

PD resources:

PD Guidelines
PD Policy
Download PIA PD record form (PDF)

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