Risk and Insurance: Protecting your Practice

Full price: $101.00
Member: $75.00


Course outline
Course structure and materials
Length of course
CPD hours
Learning outcome
Competency standards

Course outline

Are you up to date on the key risks that contribute to claims against architects? This presentation highlights some common risks and consider how they can be avoided. It also looks at changes in the professional indemnity insurance market, especially some common gaps in insurance cover that we are starting to see open up as times get harder. Get a ‘health check’ for your practice and your PI policy so you can be confident that your risks are addressed.

This course is based on Wendy and Laurence's presentation with the National Seminar Series 2012.

AACA Competency: Practice Management


Wendy Poulton: Corporate Risk Manager, Architects Professional Risk Services.

Wendy Poulton has been a Risk Manager at Architects Professional Risk Services for seven years, reviewing thousands of consultancy agreements and delivering hundreds of risk management seminars. Wendy has also attended meetings of the Victorian Large Practices Forum in Melbourne, and has lectured in risk management at RMIT and as part of the PALS course.

Wendy has also worked for three years at Hunt and Hunt solicitors, in the Commercial and Insurance Litigation section, dealing with a variety of professional indemnity and public liability claims, including construction disputes.

Laurence Gottlieb: State Manager, Architects Professional Risk Services.

Laurence Gottlieb is a lawyer by profession and also worked in corporate finance for different banks in South Africa before moving to Australia in 2002. Since then he has worked at various insurance brokerages and has had 10 years experience in professional risks, specialising in professional indemnity insurance.

For the last four years he has been the Victoria State Manager of Planned Professional Risk Services providing insurance placement and advice, risk management and claims management services to construction professionals.

Course structure and materials

  • Audio-visual Flash presentation
  • Formal assessment

    Length of course

    1.5 hours

    Continuing professional development hours

    1.5 formal Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.

    Learning outcome

    After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain the common causes of claims brought against design professionals and identify triggers for these claims.
  • Comprehend risk management strategies that when implemented may assist in minimising exposure to liability.
  • Recognise exclusions from professional indemnity insurance coverage that are likely to affect their business.

    National Competency Standards in Architecture

    Practice Management


    Full Price $101.00
    Member $75.00
    Practice Membership / A+ $69.00
    Graduate Member $69.00
    SONA Member (student) $40.00

    Pricing is inclusive of GST.

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