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Become an Accredited Professional

Apply to become accredited under the new Accredited Professionals Scheme


Any decision-maker in the planning system who is involved in assessing development applications can now apply online to become accredited under the new scheme.

Submitting an application to become an accredited professional takes approximately 20 minutes to complete:
  1. Create an online account

  2. Log in and start your application


Before you start

Make sure you understand the:

An Applying to Become an Accredited Professional (PPS, 7491 KB) training eModule is also available for practitioners.


Resume an existing application

Log in to your account to finish a partially completed application.


Reset your password

To reset your password go to the login page and click "Forgot your password?".

If you need more help, email us at DPTI.APSQueries@sa.gov.au or call us on 1800 752 664 (Option 7).

Download the Forgot Password Instructions for Accredited Professionals Scheme Online Accounts (PDF, 428 KB)


Register of Accredited Professionals

Once your application is approved, your name and accreditation details will display in the Register of Accredited Professionals.


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There are several classes of accreditation available under the Scheme, each requiring 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.

Accreditation classes for planning professionals and surveyors

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

Accreditation classes for building professionals

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

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Practitioners will need to provide evidence that they are sufficiently qualified to make key decisions within the accreditation class they seek in their application:

Statutory Declaration

Practitioners will need to complete a Statutory Declaration as part of their application:

Professional Indemnity Insurance

Regulation 17(1)(a) requires accredited professionals to hold a policy for Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) that is reasonable and adequate taking into account the amount and nature of work undertaken by the accredited professional unless a Regulation 17(2) exemption applies. The accreditation authority has determined that the minimum levels of insurance considered reasonable and adequate are:

  • Accredited Professional – Building level 1 - $5,000,000;
  • Accredited Professional – Building level 2 - $2,000,000;
  • Accredited Professional – Building level 3 - $1,000,000; and
  • Accredited Professional – Building level 4 - $1,000,000

The onus is on each individual accredited professional to assess their own circumstances and ensure that their level of PII cover is adequate taking into account the nature and amount of work undertaken or you may be liable for claims above the level of your insurance cover.

Ongoing Accreditation

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

Fees

Fees attributed to the Accredited Professionals Scheme are set out in the Planning, Development and Infrastructure (Fees, Charges and Contributions) Regulations 2019.

#FeeAmount
1aAccreditation under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure (Accredited Professionals) Regulations 2019, other than if item 2 applies, in the case of an application for accreditation as an Accredited Professional —Planning Level 1.$760
1bAccreditation under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure (Accredited Professionals) Regulations 2019, other than if item 2 applies, in any other case$560
2Accreditation under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure (Accredited Professionals) Regulations 2019, where the person is a member of a professional association or body recognised by the Accreditation Authority for the purposes of Regulation 16(2)(a) and the person is applying as a member of that association or body for a corresponding level of accreditation under Regulation 16(2)(a)(ii).$270
3Accreditation under the Planning, Development and Infrastructure (Accredited Professionals) Regulations 2019, Regulation 19.$180
4 Late application fee under Regulation 19(3) of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure (Accredited Professionals) Regulations 2019.$60
Page last modified Tuesday, 27 August 2019