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CPD for the stressed and overworked!

Chartered members of the Royal Institute of British Architects have to undertake 35 hours of learning every year – 20 of which must come from the 10 mandatory RIBA core curriculum topics


We are all aware that Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is obligatory for architects in the UK.

There are certainly plenty of ways for architects and building services professionals to fulfil their obligation when it comes to CPD. It would appear that the opportunities to gain those all-important CPD points are endless. However, when you are a time-poor architect trying to achieve some semblance of work-life balance it can be challenging.

Bilco UK has run more than 500 CPD presentations over the course of the last decade. The focus of the Safe Access All Areas RIBA and CPD Certified presentation is on designing an appropriate safe solution for an access requirement.

The CPD is delivered by Bilco UK’s team of experienced regional sales managers and usually takes around one hour.

70% of the CPD presentations are delivered in-house, primarily to architect practices but also more recently to the Building Control departments of local authorities. By presenting the CPD at the audience’s place of work the time input for the attendees is kept to an absolute minimum. There is no travel time or expense incurred. The in-house CPD is the most cost and time-effective option for busy architects and building services professionals.

The remaining 30% of the CPD presentations are run as part of an extensive annual programme of ‘Meet the Expert’ CPD events organised by Direct Contract Exhibitions (DCE). These free roadshows take place across the UK and provide those involved in building and construction with an easy way to keep on top of their CPD.

The events offer a minimum of six CPD eligible problem solving product presentations contributed by leading industry experts, including Bilco UK, on a wide range of specialist topics. The geographic spread of DCE events attempts to keep travelling time to a minimum and to ensure that there is a relatively “local” session for anyone wishing to attend. Refreshments and lunch are also provided free of charge.

www.bilcouk.co.uk/cpd-seminars