As a professional member of the DIA you are a well-qualified professional designer however over time new design disciplines emerge, trends evolve, business requirements change and technologies advance.聽

Skills: Refresh, enhance, broaden

The qualification that may have served you well at the start of your career cannot be expected to equip you throughout your career: skills need refreshing, enhancing and broadening.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) helps maintain the professional standing of individuals, design practices and of Australian designers in general. The DIA believes that clients, businesses and the community have a right to high quality services provided by professional designers with current skills.

CPD programs

Through our focus on ‘Equipping’ DIA members to succeed in business, the DIA endeavours to facilitate activities that address the CPD needs of the design sector. The DIA offers Continuing Professional Development (CPD) through member events and face-to-face and online learning programs.

CPD activities can be sourced from many places and it is not a requirement that the DIA is the provider of a CPD activity. As such, DIA members can earn CPD points by participating in events organised by others, for example courses, conferences, seminars, workshops, authoring and teaching.

CPD is most effective if undertaken on a continuous basis to ensure a currency of skills and knowledge. It can be pursued on an as-needs basis, built into your personal performance plan with your employer, or be an avenue to you becoming an Accredited Designer™.

Earning CPD points

Members participate in a self-selected range of learning activities, chosen to suit their stage of career, discipline, experience and direction. This becomes important if accruing CPD points is part of a personal performance plan with your employer or if you are wishing to become an Accredited Designer™.

Different events and activities earn different CPD points, depending on their duration and educational content. Typical CPD events earn the following points. Members may contact the DIA National Office to seek advice on the eligibility and scoring of other activities.

Reading professional publications 1 point/chapter or article
Site tours and design industry fairs 2 points/visit
Attending information sessions, seminars, conferences1 2 points/hours
Participation in workshop, training course or masterclass2 3 points/hour
Judging in awards program 5 points/awards panel
Completing online training 5 points/unit
Presenting papers and writing articles3 10 points/article
DIA National and Branch Councils4 20 points/DIA Council/year
Further academic study (part time)5 25 points/unit/semester

1 Largely receiving information
2 Expectation of active participation
3 Articles published in print or online
4 Points awarded retrospectively after a year of service and subject to attendance
5 Study beyond first Degree/Advanced Diploma

Tracking CPD points

The DIA has changed the period over which CPD points can be accrued. CPD points are now accrued over a calendar year, that is between January and December each year. During the time of transition (that is, from 'member anniversary date' to 'calendar year'), members seeking Accredited Designer™ status will be able to include all points earned since their 2015 anniversary date through to the end of 2016.

Members now track their CPD points by logging activities into 'My CPD' in the My DIA section of this website. To log new CPD event enter:

  • The category of event (as above - if not listed, contact the National Office)
  • A short description of the event
  • Completion date
  • Link to event detail
  • Number of hours/units

The CPD points will be calculated automatically and displayed for your information.

While the DIA's CPD program is an honour system, with members recording their own CPD activities, members are required to retain records of participation and the DIA reserves the right to request proof of participation.