Become an Accredited Professional
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:
- Understand the classes of accreditation available
- Create an online account (if you already have an online account, log in here)
- Complete the online application form
- 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
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.
Planning Level 1
Planning Level 2
Assessment Panel Member
Planning Level 3
Planning Level 4
*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.
Building Level 1
Building Level 2
Building Surveyor Limited
Building Level 3
Assistant Building Surveyor
Building Level 4
* All approved activities are subject to the Planning, Development and Infrastructure (General) (Development Assessment) Variation Regulations 2019
Once you have created an online account, your next step is to complete and submit your online application.
You will be prompted to pay a fee upon completing your online application form.