Professional Development Program 

The Professional Development Program (PDP) is in place to ensure that AAA registered and licensed members, who have exclusive statutory rights of practice, are able to respond to professional obligations to clients, the public and the profession. 

The Program ensures that members remain current with contemporary technology, business practices, methods and materials of their profession. The requirement for members of the AAA to participate in and comply with the PDP is further established in the Architects Act and General Regulation.

This mandatory program applies to all registered architects, licensed interior designers and restricted practitioners. Further, all intern architects and intern licensed interior designers who have completed 7 years in the applicable Internship Program are also required to participate in the mandatory PDP with the same requirements as all other registered / licensed members.

Overview of the 2016 - 2018 Reporting Period 
The reporting period is twenty-four months long, beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2018.  Learning hours must be recorded in the reporting period in which they are earned. Learning activities are categorized as either Structured or Unstructured learning. During the 2016 - 2018 reporting period members are required to complete 70 learning hours with a minimum of 35 Structured learning hours. One hour of education activity is equivalent to 1.0 learning hour. The deadline for recording learning activities for the 2016 - 2018 Reporting Period is June 30, 2018

For a summary of the 2016 - 2018 guidelines, please refer to the Professional Development Guidelines Summary which can be found here.

For a summary of the Structured and Unstructured categories of learning, please refer to the Learning Activities Allocation Chart which can be found
 here. Members are encouraged to review this information prior to reporting their learning activities.

Reporting Learning Activities
Members can self-report their learning activities online by selecting 'Transcript' from the PD menu. If you have any questions regarding the online system, please refer to the FAQ document or contact education@aaa.ab.ca

Note: The AAA will automatically update member transcripts for all AAA events and for AAA Registered Course Provider events where the confirmation of attendance has been provided to the AAA. Please allow approximately two weeks for the transcript to be updated.

Members Living and Practicing Outside Alberta
Members living and practicing outside of Alberta must designate a Primary Jurisdiction for purposes of professional development reporting. This can be done by selecting 'Transcript' from the PD menu and completing the online declaration. This must be done each reporting period, prior to the reporting deadline. For Canadian members, the primary jurisdiction is defined as the member's principal place of practice and residence in Canada. For members practicing / 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.

Members designating Alberta as their Primary Jurisdiction must self-report their learning activities via our online reporting system. Members designating an alternate jurisdiction as their Primary Jurisdiction must report their learning activities to your Primary Jurisdiction and comply with the requirements of that jurisdiction.

Intern PD Policy

All intern architects and intern licensed interior designers who have completed seven or more years in the applicable Internship Program will be required to participate in the mandatory Professional Development Program. For more information, please refer to the PD Requirements for Interns page which can be found here.

Non-Compliance
Members must complete and record 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. Members designating a Primary Jurisdiction outside Alberta must complete their declaration via our online reporting system prior to the reporting deadline. Further, members must comply with the PD requirements of the Primary Jurisdiction. Non-compliance with the Primary Jurisdiction will mean that the member is non-compliant with the AAA.

Program Audit Policy
Members are responsible for self-reporting their learning activities via the online reporting system and for ensuring that the learning activities being reported are in keeping with the guidelines of the Professional Development Program. Members are encouraged to review the guidelines. Further questions can be directed to education@aaa.ab.ca. Following the close of the reporting period, a random audit of Professional Development reporting will take place. For more information about our Audit Policy, please click here .