What is it?
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is considered anything that helps you expand your knowledge, maintain up-to-date technical skills and progress your engineering career. Participation in CPD activities can also grow your professional networks and contacts. CPD is required to attain and maintain Chartered Status.
Sources of CPD
Attend conferences, seminars, training courses, presentations and site visits. Read industry journals, study at university or online.
Not so obvious
Participate in industry and volunteer committees, as well as mentoring activities. Present papers at conferences and seminars, write articles for journals, even learn a language (if used for work purposes, like relocation to international office).
Your own workplace! There are numerous activities that you undertake at work that can be considered CPD. These include learning new software or codes, in-house presentations, implementing/creating new systems and ways of conducting business and research activities.
Non-engineering related activities count as well. Participation in community committees can give you valuable skills in communication, business management and risk management, all things that help to advance your career.
What CPD does Engineers Australia provide?
Apart from our online resources and myCPD, we also let you know about our CPD activities via email, division newsletters and eNews. myCPD is a tool for your career progression, providing information on a multitude of courses that award CPD hours while increasing your skills and knowledge.
Make sure your email address and privacy choices are up-to-date so we can keep letting you know about the great activities we are providing. These include:
- Events calendar: the latest engineering seminars, conferences, technical presentations and more.
- Online library: the best engineering resources in the world including policy publications, magazines and technical journals.
- Video and audio streaming: informative presentations on a wide range of engineering topics.
- Engineering Education Australia website: short courses, seminars and tertiary courses.
- Engineers media: magazines, periodicals, eNews and books.
- Professional networking groups: connect with peers from your industry both locally and nationally.
- Volunteer opportunities: become one of Engineers Australia's office bearers or volunteers.
CPD activities are designed to extend or update your knowledge, skill or judgement in your area(s) of practice, and enable you to:
- maintain technical competence
- retain and enhance effectiveness in the workplace
- be able to help, influence and lead by example
- successfully deal with changes in your career
- better serve the community.
Chartered Professional Engineers, Chartered Engineering Technologists and Chartered Engineering Associates should be aware of the obligation to meet the Continuing Professional Development Policy.
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 and interests.
*For engineering academics and teachers: in addition to the 150 hours, practitioners must demonstrate at least 40 hours industry involvement in any three-year period. (If the industry involvement satisfies the other CPD criteria, it may be included as part of the submitted CPD hours. Otherwise, the industry involvement is an additional requirement).
Keeping CPD records online
eCPDRecord is accessible through MyPortal and allows members to record their CPD in a structured way by allocating hours in relevant categories and types. The summary of CPD enables members to see their fulfilment in Risk Management, Business and Management and Related Area(s) of Practice.
CPD for multiple colleges
If you have more than one area of practice, you must record at least 50 hours for each area. For example, if you are in the Civil and Structural Colleges, you will need to record at least 50 hours related to Civil and at least 50 hours related to Structural. Some technical CPD activities may overlap. In this case you can label the activities as both Civil-related and Structural-related CPD.
The diagram below illustrates a situation where 15 hours are considered ‘both Civil and Structural.' This would require an additional minimum of 35 hours for Structural and an additional 35 hours for Civil to meet the requirement of 50 hours in each area of practice.
In addition, 65 or more hours of CPD meeting other specific requirements should be recorded so that the total CPD hours will be 150 hours or more over three years. The 65 hours should include 10 hours covering risk management; 15 hours addressing business and management skills; and 40 hours of any CPD activities.
Career break provision
The CPD requirements are more flexible for Chartered members who have been on a career break of at least six months during the three year period. Such members must complete 150 hours of CPD over five years rather than the standard three years.
A person is regarded to have had a career break if he or she has a period of leave from the workforce of at least 6 months but less than 5 years for any proper cause. To avoid doubt, the following may be proper causes:
a) A serious illness;
b) Parental leave;
c) Extended Travel;
d) Caring for family members;
e) Involuntary unemployment; or
f) Elite sporting or cultural pursuits.
Note: The following may not be proper cause: permanent part-time engineering work, voluntary engineering work, work-related study, retirement, semi-retirement.
Applying for Chartered Status.
Applications for Chartered Status must demonstrate a minimum of 150 hours of CPD over the three year period up to the date of the Chartered application.
If you are currently working towards achieving Chartered Status directly through the Engineering Competency Report (ECR) Pathway, the Professional Development Program (PDP) Pathway, or the Mature Experienced Engineers (MEE) Pathway, you must have completed the full requirement of 150 hours over the last three years.
If you are applying through a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) Pathway, you should note that some MRAs require you to present records of 150 hours of CPD over the last three years. If the MRA does not include this requirement, you may be expected to present your current CPD records.
CPD activities have been classified into various types. For more details, including the specific requirements for each type, see CPD - Types & Conditions.
Recording your CPD
* To record your CPD online: log into myPortal, click on the menu drop down and select "record eCPD".
Can I count learning activities in the workplace towards my CPD?
Activities that are normal work activities and which do not extend your knowledge cannot be claimed as learning activities in the workplace. For any learning activity undertaken in the workplace for which you are claiming CPD, you must be able to demonstrate HOW it has extended your knowledge. A maximum of 75 hours of your total CPD in any three-year period may be claimed for the above activities.
Do non-award courses count towards CPD?
Yes. Individual tertiary course units not undertaken for award purposes still count towards CPD.
Does mentoring other engineers count towards CPD?
Yes. Mentoring of other engineers/members of Engineers Australia may count towards CPD in accordance with the requirements set down in the Policy relating to service to the profession.
Does my CPD have to be obtained through Engineers Australia?
No. You may source your CPD through any source you wish but there is value in sourcing your CPD through the various Engineers Australia channels.
Does post graduate study count towards CPD?
Yes. There is no limit to the maximum number of hours that you can claim over a three-year period for the above activities. Study may be either on campus or by distance education.
For distance education, estimate the equivalent number of hours of formal face-to-face education that would have been involved. Time claimed is the actual hours of lectures/tutorials/laboratory work, noting that there will almost always be further time spent both in preparation and/or follow-up. All such activities will involve some form of assessment.