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7 Essentials For RIBA CPD Approval

7 Essentials For RIBA CPD Approval

When it comes to RIBA CPD submission, there are several factors that are mandatory in order to gain approval.

In this post, we’ll aim to give an overview on what those essential elements are. This will be useful for anyone who is thinking of digitising their current CPD or creating a new one from scratch.

Don’t forget to head over to our CPD services page, where we talk you through our step-by-step CPD creation strategy to help you get approved with ease.

1. Statutory & Regulatory Compliance

Where applicable, your CPD should make reference to current regulations and how your product/solution is compliant.

Therefore, it’s crucial that you keep a copy of the current Building Regulations 2010 (England & Wales) close by and seek to demonstrate compliance as much as possible.

Statutory and regulatory compliance documents include, but are not limited to:

  • Building Regulations 2020
  • British Standards
  • Approved Documents
  • EU Standards
  • PAS Guidance

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2. Health & Safety and Wellbeing

Your CPD should contain key information specific to the product that allows delegates to identify and reduce risks, eliminate hazards and control health and safety.

As the architect or lead designer would have the most responsibility for the co-ordination of the design and safety of the project, it’s essential that they are clued up on any potential risks or hazards associated with your product,

Key examples may include:

  • Control of dust
  • Working at Height
  • Buildability

3. Sustainability

To enable your delegates to assess and justify product selection, you should provide information on social, economic and environmental considerations in relation to regulatory compliance and the circular economy.

As you’re aware, a key focal point in construction right now is the need to deliver low carbon buildings that maximise value to clients and society with optimal use of resources.

4. Inclusivity

Key details, such as accessibility, egress, visual and acoustic surfaces should be clearly identified. This demonstrates how your product or solution is helping to create an inclusive environment.

According to British Standards 8300 and Approved document M, every new build should fulfil a number of requirements in order for it to be accessible.

For existing buildings, the Equality Act states that areas should be made accessible to a reasonable standard.

Taking this into consideration, your building product CPD - where applicable - should address and enable inclusivity within its design.

5. Product Application & Usage

To enable participants to fully comprehend the suitability of your product, technical and specification information should be made available as a hand-out during the CPD. These can also be provided in digital format.

6. Long-Term Maintenance Issues

A key question that you should aim to answer in your CPD is,

What are the long-term maintenance requirements of the material and/or products that designers need to consider?

This information will allow the participants to make better decisions when it comes to cost of application vs cost of maintenance, and any other design considerations.

7. Fire Safety

It’s crucial that you address the issue of testing and combustibility and fire performance characteristics. This will include any fire certificates you may have.

The issue of fire safety has been prominent within the industry, particularly in light of events surrounding Grenfell Tower and the blaze at Bolton. As a result, this area comes with stringent rules and regulations surrounding it.


And there you have it: 7 key essentials to get your building product’s CPD approved by RIBA. If you’d like any further information on digital CPD creation, why not check out some of our previous blogs?

Are you ready to supercharge your CPD creation? Head over to our services page and learn more about what Insynth can do for you.

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