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Become an Accredited Professional

Application process

Decision-makers in the planning system can now apply online to become an accredited professional under the new, operational Accredited Professionals Scheme.

Applying to become an accredited professional involves four simple steps:

  1. Understand the classes of accreditation available
  2. Create an online account (if you already have an online account, log in here)
  3. Complete the online application form
  4. Pay the evaluation fee

For all enquiries about the Accredited Professionals Scheme, please email us at DPTI.APSQueries@sa.gov.au or call us on 1800 752 664 (Option 7).

To learn more about the Scheme, please visit the Accredited Professionals Scheme page.

Application requirements and downloads

All practitioners who are applying to become accredited under the Accredited Professionals Scheme will need to:

  • provide evidence that they are sufficiently qualified to make key decisions within the accreditation class they seek
  • hold all necessary insurance
  • pay an evaluation fee

As an ongoing condition of accreditation, practitioners will need to:

  • undertake specified Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units
  • comply with the Accredited Professionals Code of Conduct
  • maintain an appropriate level of insurance
  • participate in annual compliance checks
  • pay an annual renewal fee
  • notify the Chief Executive of Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure of any change in professional circumstances

Downloads

Resource TypeResource
Guide Guide to the Accredited Professionals Scheme (PDF, 1382 KB)
Guide The Accreditation Authority's Qualifications, Skills and Experience Requirements for Accredited Professionals (PDF, 707 KB)
Guide Code of Conduct for the Accredited Professionals Scheme (PDF, 524 KB)
Template Skills and Experience Template for Accredited Professionals (DOCX, 118 KB)
Template Statutory Declaration Template for Accredited Professionals (PDF, 276 KB)
Legislation Planning, Development and Infrastructure (Accredited Professionals) Regulations 2019
Fact SheetHow will the Accredited Professionals Scheme affect me as a building professional? (PDF, 754 KB)
Fact SheetHow will the Accredited Professionals Scheme affect me as a council employee? (PDF, 904 KB)
Fact SheetHow will the Accredited Professionals Scheme affect me as a planning professional? (PDF, 649 KB)

There will be several classes of accreditation available under the Scheme and each will require a different level of qualification and experience. The accreditation classes are not dissimilar to the accreditation levels identified by the Planning Institute of Australia, the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute.

Multiple classes of accreditation may be applied for in one application. Applicants must specify each requested class in their application e.g. if an applicant requires Planning Level 1 as well as Planning Level 2, then both of these classes need to be included on the application.

Planner and Surveyor accreditation classes

There are four classes of planning accreditation available as well as a class for surveyors under the Scheme. Each class requires different qualifications and experience, and each level is able to assess different types of proposals.

Accreditation Class

Approved Activities

Planning Level 1

Assessment Manager

  • Assess 'deemed-to-satisfy' developments
  • Includes the assessment of one or more minor variations to the deemed-to-satisfy criteria
  • Assess 'performance-assessed' developments not assigned to Assessment Panels
  • Assess and approve land division consent, including community titles and strata titles*

Planning Level 2

Assessment Panel Member

  • Assess 'performance-assessed' development applications that are publicly notified

Planning Level 3

Accredited Professional

  • Assess 'deemed-to-satisfy' developments
  • Includes the assessment of one or more minor variations to the deemed-to-satisfy criteria

Planning Level 4

Accredited Professional

  • Assess 'deemed-to-satisfy' developments
  • Excludes the assessment of one or more minor variations to the deemed-to-satisfy criteria

Surveyor

Accredited Professional

  • Assess 'deemed-to-satisfy' land divisions (planning consent only)

*All approved activities are subject to the Planning, Development and Infrastructure (General) (Development Assessment) Variation Regulations 2019

Builder accreditation classes

There are four classes of building accreditation available. Each class requires different qualifications and experience, and each class is able to assess different types of proposals.

Becoming accredited at Building Level 2 also includes Building Level 3 and Building Level 4 accreditation. This is the only higher level accreditation that includes accreditation at the lower levels.

Accreditation Level

Approved Activities

Building Level 1

Building Surveyor

  • Assess against the Building Rules and provide building consent, with no limitations
  • Undertake building inspections on behalf of a council
  • Provide planning consent to 'Residential Code equivalent’* development applications, to be determined by the Minister

Building Level 2

Building Surveyor Limited

  • Assess against the Building Rules and provide building consent, limited to buildings that are no more than three storeys in height or have a floor area of no more than 2,000m2
  • Undertake building inspections (for buildings they are accredited to assess) on behalf of council
  • Includes Building Level 3 and Building Level 4 accreditation

Building Level 3

Assistant Building Surveyor

  • Assess against the Building Rules and provide building consent, limited to Class 1 and Class 10 buildings that are no more than two storeys in height or have a floor area of no more than 500m2
  • Undertake building inspections (for buildings they are accredited to assess) on behalf of council

Building Level 4

Building Inspector

  • Carry out inspections as provided for under the practice direction on inspection policies

* All approved activities are subject to the Planning, Development and Infrastructure (General) (Development Assessment) Variation Regulations 2019

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Once you have created an online account, your next step is to complete and submit your online application.

Log in here to begin your online application

Page last modified Wednesday, 10 April 2019