Learning categories apply only to elective CPD courses and relate to how points are allocated by the industry regulator to approved training courses. Only elective activities approved by the regulator can attract CPD points.
Category one is applied to a training course or activity that is aligned with the CPP07 national training package. What this means is that if you complete a unit of competency with REIWA, one CPD point per hour is allocated to a maximum of 7 points. For example, if you are studying the CPP50307 Diploma of Property Services (Agency Management) at REIWA and complete a unit of competency including the assessment, you will be eligible for the points assigned to this unit in the year in which it was completed.
Category two is a training activity or course tailored to the real estate industry. Training must be conducted by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) or by a professional engaged with an RTO to provide the training. One CPD point per hour is allocated to these courses to a maximum of 7 points. REIWA is a RTO and can apply to have one point per hour allocated to its courses.
Category three is related to seminars run by the regulator, other than mandatory CPD sessions. One CPD point per hour is allocated to these courses to a maximum of 7 points.
Category four involves formal industry related training or other approved activities by non-RTOs. This can include in-house activities, seminars and distance learning. All activities must be pre-approved by the regulator. One half CPD point per hour is allocated to Category four activities.
How do I calculate my elective CPD points?
Each calendar year, you are only permitted to have 3 CPD elective points from Learning Category four activities counted towards the 7 points required. The remaining elective CPD points must be approved under Category two.
Remote participants are allowed to claim 6 CPD elective points per year from Learning Category four activities and the remaining 1 CPD elective point must be approved under Category two. Remote participants are those whose principal place of business lies outside a 100km radius of Perth, Kalgoorlie, Geraldton, Bunbury, Port Hedland, Broome, Karratha, Margaret River or Albany.
When choosing an elective activity, you need to be aware different types of activities attract points at different rates. You should always carefully check the number of points allocated to an elective and also the category under which they are awarded.