What is Continuing Professional Development?

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

CPD is any activity which extends or updates professional knowledge, skills or judgement, develops skills complementary to professional planning, and maintains professional competence. CPD 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.

CPD Requirements

CPD is compulsory for members (excluding non-planner members in allied grades) of all stages of their career. To find out what counts as CPD and the requirements for each grade please download the PIA CPD Policy:

Access to CPD

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 CPD activities. The CPD policy suggests alternative ways in which CPD can be accessed – including structured reading and learning. In addition, PIA is working towards providing on-line and distance CPD opportunities for members. PIA already identifies courses run by other recognised education and training providers which can be accessed as CPD – details can be accessed below.

What counts as CPD?

Whilst members are encouraged to support PIA’s Divisional CPD programs which are tailored to meet their members’ needs, the revised CPD 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 CPD and assess for themselves whether the CPD activities they undertake are genuinely and demonstrably relevant to their career / professional development, in accordance with the CPD 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 CPD 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 CPD 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.

CPD resources:

CPD Policy
Add CPD activities to your CPD record
Download PIA CPD record form (PDF)

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