Within the building industry, accreditation is an acknowledgement of the competency of a company or individual to perform a range of tasks or skills within an occupational framework. The formal recognition of that accreditation typically comes in the form of a license or registration, usually issued by State or Federal Government department.
Building Designers in Tasmania, Queensland and Victoria are regulated in this manner, with each state having its own regulations and providing certified documentation as proof of accreditation. If you are looking to engage a Building Designer in one of these states, you should check their state-issued certificate before doing so.
The other states and territories of Australia are heading toward similar outcomes to various degrees, but as of June 2017 there is no formal regulatory system in place.
In an effort to raise the standard of building construction documentation and to provide greater levels of professionalism to clients, builders, contractors and councils, Building Designers Association of Australia has introduced a system of independent accreditation for Building Designers, via Building Designers Accreditation & Training (BDA&T).
This scheme is endorsed and promoted by Building Designers Associations of Australia, and can apply to all design professionals not covered by alternate and appropriately recognised schemes. The scheme is further recognised by The NSW Department of Community Services (DoCS) and is a requirement for all Building Designers practicing in NSW in the child care industry.
BDA&T works with a number of Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) such as TAFE NSW and the Master Builders Association to develop, maintain and deliver the competency training required to meet the expectation of governments and the building industry.
Any building designer who want to undertake voluntary accreditation, as a pathway to further education or as a requirement to design child care facilities, can access this service as part of their BDA Australia membership.
ASSESSMENT OF ACCREDITATION APPLICATIONS
Payment Processing: upon receipt of a complete Application for Accreditation by BDA&T Head Office, a Tax Invoice will be sent to the Applicant for payment. Processing of Application for Accreditation will not be completed until full payment has been received.
Any Application for Accreditation that is received without all required documentation is unable to be processed. An email will be forwarded to the Applicant requesting any outstanding or incorrect information. This may delay the Application being approved.
If an Accreditation Application received is deemed unsuitable for approval by an Assessor, a refund of the Accreditation Application fee already paid will be actioned within five business days, less the $275 Application Assessment Fee, which will be retained to cover costs of this. All attempts to assist an Applicant through the Assessment process will be made prior to this being done.
CLICK HERE for a list of Accredited Building Designers.
Accreditation Applications & Documents
Annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) reporting is compulsory for the following participants:
1. All Members of the Building Designers Association of Australia at the following Membership Levels:
a) Full Practice Members
b) Full and Full Fellow Members
c) Chartered and Chartered Fellow Members
2. All Accredited Building Designers who hold Accreditation with Building Designers Accreditation and Training (BDA&T).
Affiliate, Practice, Associate and Student Members are encouraged to participate in the Building Designers Association of Australia’s CPD Program, but it is not compulsory for these levels of Membership.
It is broadly accepted that all professional bodies must adopt and administer a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program which ensures participants take an active role in CPD activities within their industry to ensure they are:
- Working to maintain and improve professional conduct
- Keeping abreast of the latest industry product knowledge
- Maintaining high ethics and work standards
This program acknowledges the many facets of a Building Designer’s role in the industry. The very diverse nature of the professional function and different locations of the participants, have all been guiding factors in this policy’s formation.
The following pages list the professional activities with applicable points awarded. In general, points are awarded per hour of participation in formal meetings, seminars, training, etc or as directed by the CPD Management Committee. In some cases, activities may need to be referred to the BDA&T Management Committee for determination. These requests must be submitted in writing and sent by email directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If a participant is unable to achieve the required CPD points within the year, a written submission noting the circumstances is to be sent to the BDA&T Management Committee by email to: email@example.com, to be considered on its merits and individual circumstances. The BDA&T CPD Management Committee, acting on behalf of Building Designers Association of Australia’s National Council, will consider all submissions made by members and rulings will be made on a fair and even basis.
All participants will be issued with details for the BDA CPD App including instructions regarding its installation, usage and reporting. This is for use on smart phones or tablets to enable the participants to record their attendances at BDAA’s sanctioned meetings, seminars and conferences etc. via a QR code.
Those participants who do not use the BDA CPD App for logging and reporting their CPD activity, will be required to enter all information into the CPD Record of Participation Statement. This can be accessed via our website at www.bdaa.com.au/accreditation & cpd. A CPD Record of Participation Statement is only to be submitted if participant is not submitting CPD return by the Building Designers Association of Australia’s CPD App
The CPD Reporting Period is from 1 July-30 June annually. Either the CPD Record of Participation Statement or CPD App lodgement must be submitted by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 1 July annually. With this new system, no points will be allowed to be carried over to the next reporting period.
New participants that join after commencement of each CPD year will need to submit on a pro rata basis. Information regarding this will be sent to these participants direct.
Annual CPD Statements may be subject to an audit at any time. As such participants should retain their evidence to support points claimed for a period of 5 years. In all instances, contact will be via email. It is not the CPD Management Committee’s responsibility if you fail to respond to these emails.
PARTICIPANTS MUST ATTAIN A MINIMUM OF 25 POINTS PER CPD YEAR