Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a process implemented by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) whereby all professionally registered engineering practitioners have to systematically improve and broaden their knowledge and skills. Section 22(1) of the Engineering Profession Act, 2000 (Act 46 of 2000) requires that a registered engineering professional has to renew his or her registration and has to “apply in the prescribed manner, to the Council for the renewal of his or her registration.”
The most appropriate way for the ECSA to give effect to this legal requirement, was to link renewal of registration with CPD. International accords in engineering and mutual exemption agreements which ECSA has entered into, require CPD as a prerequisite for mutual recognition of professional registration. Furthermore, registration of South African professional engineers and professional engineering technologists on the International Register of Engineers and International Register of Professional Engineering Technologists are provided by the International Engineering Alliance (IEA), to which ECSA is a signatory, visa viz. the International Professional Engineers Agreement (IPEA), the International Technologist Agreement (IETA), respectively, enhances the mobility of engineers in IEA countries and Technologists in IETA countries. CPD is regarded as one of the requirements applicants have to comply with in order to be considered for registration on these international registers.
All professionally registered engineers must accumulate a total of 25 CPD credits over a five-year period in order to maintain their professional status. CPD credits can be collected over 3 CPD categories through a number of activities that include attending educational conferences and workshops, work experience and belonging to a Voluntary Association (VA).
These 3 categories are:
Registered engineering practitioners have to accumulate a minimum of 3 credits per year in at least two of the above mentioned categories. Any additional credits (in excess to the maximum per category per year) may be carried forward between years within the same cycle, but not between cycles. The annual maximum of credits are applied to the sum of credits earned in the year, together with any credits carried over from previous years within the same cycle.
Random audits will be conducted on an annual basis by ECSA to ensure that registered engineering practitioners are CPD compliant.
Registered engineering practitioners should obtain a minimum of 1 credit in category 1 (activity lasting 10 hours or one day) annually or 5 credits over a 5-year cycle for this category. Additional credits earned within a 5-year cycle are not transferable to the following cycle.
Activities within the Developmental Category are compulsory and include:
Candidates, retired engineers and engineers over the age of 70 are exempt from this category.
Registered engineers will receive CPD credits for work done as a professional within this category. Activities within the Work-based Category are:
Registered engineers can choose for a range of individual activities in order to receive CPD credits within this category. Activities within the Individual Category are:
|Cat.||Type of Activity||Points Requirement|
|Annual Min||Annual Max (2)||5-year Min|
|Large Group Workshops|
|Other (to be specified)|
|2 (a)||Engineering work (1 credit per 300 hours)||2|
|2 (b)||Mentoring (1 credit per 50 hours)||1|
|3 (a)||Membership of SA recognized Voluntary Association||1|
Registered engineering practitioners have the responsibility to continuously record or document all the relevant professional development activities that they have undertaken each year. Professionals must keep these CPD records containing the documentary evidence of all your CPD activities undertaken each 5-year cycle and be able to present such evidence to ECSA when audited.
ECSA will assess whether registered professionals meet the set out CPD requirements by conducting random audits. These audits will be conducted at ECSA’s own discretion in the form of an audit cycle of the CPD records of all registered engineers across the different categories.
When selected for an audit, the registered engineer will be required to submit their CPD records within four weeks of initial notification to ECSA.
When a registered engineer is found non-complaint with the requirements of the CPD system, ECSA will inform the individual on the deficiency and the remedial steps to be taken in order to rectify the deficiency and will be re-audited during the following year.
Should the individual be found non-compliant during the re-audit, the matter will be referred to ECSA’s Central Registration Committee to determine whether the professional registration of the individual should be refused.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a process implemented by the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professionals (SACPCMP) to develop, enhance and maintain the professional competency of all practising project and construction management professionals, to ensure that the professional technical knowledge and skills are improved and international best practices implemented.
All registered professionals must accumulate a total of 50 CPD hours (6 CPD points) over a five-year period in order to maintain their professional status. CPD points can be collected within the combination of 3 categories through a number of CPD activities.
These 3 categories are:
Category A: Core Knowledge and Non-Core Knowledge
Category B: Mentorship and Development
Category C: Ongoing Practice
According to the CPD policy, registered professionals can transfer CPD hours / points from one cycle to the next only when their 50 CPD hour requirement for the current cycle has been met. The maximum amount of CPD hours or points that can be transferred are 10 CPD hours or 1.2 CPD points.
The SACPCMP has assigned hours to the learning outcomes of all CDP activities in order to determine the extent to which each activity adds value to an individual’s skills set and knowledge. CPD activities will be rewarded CPD points on the basis of hours equal with relevance and importance of the core areas of Project and Construction Management, Construction Mentorship and Construction Health and Safety and contribution to professional development. It is recommended that registered professionals engage in activities in the following manner over the five (5) year cycle:
Category A: Core and Non-Core (60% = 30 hours)
Category B: Mentorship and Development (20% = 10 hours)
Category C: Ongoing Practice (20% = 10 hours)
Registered professionals should maintain a minimum 60% of their CPD activities or 30 CPD hours (equivalent of 3.6 CPD points) within 1 CPD cycle (5 year) in this category. A maximum total of 15 CPD hours (1.8 CPD points) can be accumulated per year.
Activities within the Core and Non-Core Knowledge category includes:
Registered professionals should maintain a minimum 40% of their CPD activities or 20 CPD hours (equivalent of 2.4 CPD points) within 1 CPD cycle (5 year) in these two categories. CPD activities can be undertaken in either Category B or C, or in a combination of the two categories. A maximum total of 5 CPD hours can be accumulated per category per year.
Activities within the Mentorship and Development category includes:
Activities within the Ongoing Practice category includes:
The conversion process of CPD hours into CPD points will follow the hourly conversion formula as indicated below:
|CPD Training Course Duration in Hours||CPD Points Allocated|
|2 Days (16 hours)||2 CPD Points|
|1 Day (8 hours)||1 CPD Point|
|7 Hours||0.7 CPD Points|
|6 Hours||0.6 CPD Points|
|Half day Course (5 hours)||0.5 CPD Points|
|4 Hours||0.4 CPD Points|
|3 Hours||0.3 CPD Points|
|2 Hours||0.2 CPD Points|
|1 Hour||0.1 CPD Points|
The current CPD policy as set out by the SACPCPMP recommends that registered professionals maintain a 60:40 ratio between Category A and Category B and C activities over the five (5) year CPD Cycle.
|Category A||Category B||Category C|
|Core Knowledge||Non-Core Knowledge||Mentorship and Development||Ongoing Practice|
|30% = 15 CPD Hours||30% = 15 CPD Hours||10% = 10 CPD Hours||20% = 10 CPD Hours|
|15 Hours = 1.8 CPD Points||15 Hours = 1.8 CPD Points||10 Hours = 1.2 CPD Points||10 Hours = 1.2 CPD Points|
|30 hours = 3.6 CPD Points||20 hours = 2.4 CPD Points|
|60% = 30 Hours||40% = 20 Hours|
Registered professionals have the responsibility to develop their own CPD plans, evaluate CPD activities undertaken and keep record of all the relevant professional development activities that they have undertaken within a 5-year cycle.
CPD records must be submitted to the SACPCMP no later than 60 days from completion of the CPD cycle.
Once audited, registered professionals that do not comply with the CPD requirements will be dealt with as follows: