CPD Requirements

Continuing Professional Development is becoming more important in the increasingly competitive engineering global market place.

Both employers and clients support and endorse CPD as an activity which they expect all professionals to undertake, as part of the strategy to maintain and improve their competitiveness (The Institution of Civil Engineers).

Our courses are recognised for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by the following institutions: Engineers Australia (EA) in accordance with EA CPD Policy dated 19 February 2009; The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in accordance with ICE 3006A; The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) in accordance with IPENZ CPD Good Practice Gudelines dated November 2007. For other institutions, it is recommended you check the requirements from your specific registration board. Following successful completion of the course and assessment, we recommend that you print off the EngineeringCPD.com certificate for your records. This may need to be produced for audit purposes. A copy of the certificate will be maintained by EngineeringCPD.com and can be found within your “My Account” area.

Individual engineering bodies have different engineering CPD requirements. The requirements of some institutions are summarised below. Engineers should follow the links to the institution websites for more specific information.

Engineers Australia (EA)

Chartered Professional Engineers, Chartered Engineering Technologists and Chartered Engineering Officers should be aware of the obligation under Bye-law 24 of the Royal Charter to meet the Continuing Professional Development Policy (PDF 30kb).

To maintain Chartered Status, you must complete CPD, which is subject to audit every five years.

All our online engineering courses are reviewed by a chartered member of Engineers Australia and the Institution of Civil Engineers and generally our authors are members of these institutions or Professional Engineers in the US.

Requirements

Your CPD records must document a minimum of 150 hours of structured CPD over a three-year period.

For all practitioners, of the 150 hours:

  • At least 50 hours must relate to your area(s) of practice.
  • At least 10 hours must cover risk management.
  • At least 15 hours must address business and management skills.
  • The remainder must cover a range of activities relevant to your career & interests.

Working Towards Chartered Status

If you are currently working towards achieving your Chartered Status through an individual application, professional development program, mature engineering pathway or Mutual Recognition Agreement you need to be undertaking and recording CPD.

You do not have to complete the full requirement as per the CPD Policy of 150 hrs over 3 years but you do need to demonstrate and record a commitment to CPD to submit along with your Chartered Status application.

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

Rule 5 of ICE’s rules of professional conduct states:

“All members shall develop their professional knowledge, skills and competence on a continuing basis, and shall give all reasonable assistance to further the education, training and CPD of others.”

All our online engineering courses and civil engineering courses are reviewed by a chartered member of Engineers Australia and the Institution of Civil Engineers and generally our authors are members of these institutions.

Requirements

No specific requirements are provided, though the ICE provide the following advice: In the past, ICE indicated that five days per year was the requirement, and this is a good minimum guide for those preparing for the Professional Review. But the profession has moved away from time-serving. For those who are qualified ICE members, a more mature answer is: “Enough to develop and maintain the professional knowledge, skills and competence that you need”. Refer to http://www.ice.org.uk/ice3006a.

The ICE indicate that 1 day learning is equal to 6 hours. Therefore as a guide engineers should look to achieve 30 hours per year CPD.

The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand

The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) is the professional body which represents professional engineers from all disciplines in New Zealand.

On the IPENZ website, it is stated that “IPENZ recognises the vital importance of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for its members. CPD plays an important role in assisting engineers to remain current and develop new competencies in engineering practice.”

Information on CPD at IPENZ can be found here.