An evaluation of continuing professional development in the construction industry

Publisher:
The University of New South Wales
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
Australian Universities Building Educators Association (AUBEA), 37th Annual International Conference: Proceedings, 2012, pp. 56 - 66
Issue Date:
2012-01
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Each state and territory within Australia has a regulatory body to oversee licensing in the construction industry. In New South Wales, individuals licensed under the Home Building Act 1989 are required to undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as a requirement of their licence renewal. In the case of licensed builders and swimming pool builders, licensing is managed under the auspices of individual state and territory Offices of Fair Trading. The introduction of compulsory CPD in the construction industry was aimed at '...maximising consumer protection outcomes, maintaining public confidence...raising the quality of building and construction standards, improved safety....'. This research paper examines if the aims of compulsory CPD, as stated by the Office of Fair Trading, have been met for the construction industry. The research methodology in this paper utilises a combination of action research with regulatory controls, and data relating to consumer protection and complaints. It is argued that the purpose and objectives of the compulsory CPD have not been achieved entirely. The paper concludes with recommendations to the current system.
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