Professional Development Program (PDP)

Background
The Professional Development Program (PDP) was put in place to ensure that AAA licensed professional members, who have exclusive statutory rights of practice, are able to respond to professional obligations to clients, the public and the profession. The requirement for members of the AAA to participate in and comply with the PDP was further established through changes to the Architects Act and its General Regulation which were brought forward by Council in 2009 and were subsequently adopted by the AAA Council. 

The Program will ensure that members remain current with contemporary technology, business practices, methods and materials of their profession. The PDP rules and guidelines describe the processes for the earning, recording and administration of ongoing education required of every registered architect, licensed interior designer and restricted practitioner in Alberta.

Application

Currently, this mandatory program applies to all registered architects, restricted practitioners and licensed interior designers. Effective July 1, 2016 all Intern Architects and Intern Licensed Interior Designers who have completed 7 years in the applicable Internship Program will be required to participate in the mandatory PDP with the same requirements as all other registered/licensed members.

Overview of 2016 - 2018 Reporting Period 
Members are required to complete 35 Structured and 35 Unstructured learning hours for the 2016 - 2018 Reporting Period. All learning activities for this reporting period must be completed and reported between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2018. One hour of education activity is equivalent to 1.0 learning hour. The deadline for reporting learning activities for the 2016 - 2018 Reporting Period is June 30, 2018. Please refer to the following PDFs for further details about the 2016 - 2018 reporting period and the program.

A summary of the current Professional Development Guidelines, can be found here.
A summary of the Structured and Unstructured categories of learning can be found here:   

Reporting Learning Activities
*NEW*  Members can now self-report their learning activities online by clicking on the 'Transcript' option on the menu bar.  If you have any questions, please refer to the following FAQ document or contact education@aaa.ab.ca
Online PD Reporting FAQ
(Adobe PDF File)


Intern Professional Development Policy

Effective January 1, 2016 all Intern Architects and Intern Licensed Interior Designers who have completed seven years in the applicable Internship Program will be required to participate in the mandatory Professional Development Program with the same requirements as all other registered/licensed members. For more information on this policy, click here.

Members Living and Working Outside Alberta
Members living and working outside of Alberta can designate a Primary Jurisdiction for purposes of Professional Development reporting. For Canadian members, the primary jurisdiction is defined as the member's principal place of practice and residence in Canada. For members practising / residing outside Canada, the primary jurisdiction would be the jurisdiction in Canada in which the member first obtained registration. Please click here for more information.

Non-Compliance
Members must complete and report the required learning hours by the June 30th reporting deadline. Members who are non-compliant on July 1st will be assessed a Professional Development Arrears Fee and will be referred to the Registrar who, in turn, will serve notice of the date on which member registration is to be cancelled. This is in keeping with Section 27(1) of the Architects Act.

Program Audit Policy
The members’ self-reported submissions to the AAA Professional Development Program will typically be accepted in good faith.  However, a quality control process will take place following the close of each reporting period. Please click here for more information.