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.

Voluntary Accreditation

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.

All members, including students, are strongly encouraged to attend as many events as possible for the opportunity for continuing professional development and networking with peers.

CLICK HERE for a list of Accredited Building Designers.

CPD Program


This annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program applies to:

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.

To assist those interesting in becoming Accredited and/or Members and would like further information on how our CPD system points are structured, please see menu on the right:

a)  CPD Program Annual Return Booklet. 

This lists 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.

b)  CPD Record of Participation Statement.

This document is to be used if the BDA CPD App is not being utilised.


The BDA CPD App can be used on smart phones or tablets to enable the participant to record their attendances at Building Designers Association of Australia’s sanctioned meetings, seminars and conferences etc. via a QR code.

Upon successful application for Accreditation and/or Membership, an applicant will be provided with instructions for the installation, usage and reporting on the BDA CPD App.  This app is exclusive to Accredited Building Designers and Members of Building Designers Association of Australia.

Participants must attain 25 points per CPD year.

The CPD Reporting Period is 1 July – 30 June annually (anybody who joins after period commences will need to submit pro rata amount of points which will be apportioned to the balance of the CPD year)

Accreditation Documents

Accreditation Application Form (PDF)
Accreditation Upgrade Application Form (PDF)
Accreditation Declaration of Authorship (PDF)
Accreditation Manual (PDF)
Accreditation Self Assessment Tool (PDF)
Competency Standards (PDF)
Accreditation Information for Applicants (PDF)
Accreditation Information – FAQs

CPD Documents

2018-2019 Annual Return Booklet
2018-2019 Record of Participation Statement
How to install the CPD App on your Iphone

Contact Accreditation

Ian Bassett
PHONE: 02 6584 2601