What is CPD ?
CPD is understood across most professions as the systematic acquisition of knowledge and skills, and the development of personal qualities, to maintain and enhance professional competence. All registered engineering professionals will have an obligation to undertake CPD, and to support the learning of others. An individual’s CPD records must demonstrate a minimum of 300 hours of structured CPD in the last three years. Globally, CPD has become a standard requirement for renewal of practice certificate for professional engineers.
Similarly CPD requirement are enforced for Graduate Engineers to qualify for registration as Professional Engineers. They will attend approved activities and accumulate a specified number of credits, which will ensure that they maintain their competences throughout their period of registration. The emphasis for meeting CPD requirements is not on the acquisition of credits for the attendance of academic or theoretical courses alone, but has been spread over three categories of activities, which would contribute to meeting the minimum CPD credits needed for renewal of registration and Credits must be obtained in all of the three categories, with at least 3 credits per annum. Failure to achieve the target number of credits could result in the withdrawal of practising certificate.
Engineering Professionals' Obligations
The expectation of ERB is that all those registered as engineering professionals will maintain records of CPD activities they engage in to extend or update their knowledge, skill or judgment in their area or areas of engineering practice. It is critical for all registrants to demonstrate an active participation in their areas of engineering practice.
Registrants will undertake these activities because they are expected to enable them to:
To facilitate this growth, employers will be responsible for creating a suitable work environment, which supports and promotes the participation of registered persons in activities that maintain their competence. Employers also share a responsibility to maintain a work environment in which the continued development of registrants is assured.
CPD will run in 3-year cycles, during which period every registered person will be required to accumulate 15 credits in order to retain registration. In any one year, the registered person will be required to accumulate a minimum of 3 credits. Additional credits earned in any one year may be carried over to the subsequent years of the three year cycle. It is required that annually, when registrants apply for renewal of Practicing Certificates, they will record with ERB CPD activities for that period to be assessed for compliance to CPD policy requirements.