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Continuing Professional Development in NSW

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a mandatory scheme in NSW that requires certain individual licence holders to demonstrate that they have completed ongoing training and education that is relevant to the industry as a pre-condition to renewing their licence. This resource explains how you can meet your CPD obligations.

Which licence holders are subject to CPD?

CPD applies to holders of a builder or swimming pool builder licence or qualified supervisor certificate and applies to an individual licence, not company or partnership licences.

What is the system and how do I get points?

CPD is a condition of licence renewal. You will need to earn a minimum of 12 points per year (based on the anniversary date of your licence). You will need to declare that you have meet your CPD obligations for the past year (or 3 years with 36 points being earned if longer renewal period) at the time of licence renewal (there is a section on the licence renewal form sent by NSW Fair Trading).

Points are be based on 2 learning categories and other CPD points as detailed below. 

Surplus points from one year may be carried over to the next 12-month period but to ensure ‘continuing’ development, this is capped at 11 points.

CPD learning categories and points

Category Points Descriptions
Learning Category 1 1 point per hour

An activity with an identifiable learning outcome.

Interactive training such as CD-Rom, workshop, web-based tool, forums or conference presentation.

HIA events & training like information sessions, workshops, webinars, non-accredited courses, and Building & Business Show attract points under this category.

Learning Category 2 2 points per hour

Structured learning with an assessed learning outcome linked to either a relevant Australian University qualification or a relevant national Training Package outcome delivered by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

HIA is an RTO and delivers accredited courses.

Other CPD points Total of 4 points can be claimed in a single year comprising any or all of these “Other CPD Points” options.

1 point each year for the employment /mentoring of someone under a formal training agreement such as apprenticeship or traineeship.

Points for partner or associate of licence/certificate holder who undertakes CPD learning (per learning categories 1 or 2) on behalf of the business.

Certification by NSW Fair Trading

You will need to certify whether or not you have obtained the requisite number of points upon your licence or certificate renewal (12 points for annual renewal or 36 points if renewal each 3 year based on accrual of 12 points per year). This declaration is made on your renewal application. You will not need to show proof of points earned but you must keep records.

Failure to make the declaration on the renewal form may result in the application being rejected until you have completed the points and satisfy Fair Trading that you have complied.

Record keeping

You should keep records of all CPD activities, including statements of attainment, proof of attendance, receipts and other records. NSW Fair Trading conducts random audits and can suspend or cancel your licence if you have insufficient CPD points or have made false statements about your CPD accrual.

CPD if you are also a registered building practitioner

Builders who are a registered building practitioner (required for work on class 2 buildings) need to complete certain approved courses as part of your 12 points of builder CPD per 12 month period.

Three hours of courses from Construct NSW or ABCB NCC CPD courses need to be completed each year to maintain your building practitioner registration. These courses are aimed at the entire building and construction industry and may be useful even if you are not a registered building practitioner.

How HIA helps members to obtain CPD points?

HIA maintains a CPD tracker via your dashboard on the HIA website where any CPD activities undertaken through HIA, like a workshop, webinar or information session, is recorded. Access My CPD to track your CPD and to see upcoming activities offered by HIA.

HIA has a range of events and training courses that attract CPD points.

View CPD hub page

To find out more, contact HIA's Contracts and Compliance team

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