Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) helps you maintain up-to-date technical skills and knowledge of processes, technology and legislation. It also enables you to attain and maintain your Chartered Status.



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 others 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.

Minimum requirement

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

Specific requirements

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.

*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.)

**Special provisions for part-time workers also apply.  Please refer to Clause 3.4 of the Continuing Professional Development Policy.

CPD for multiple Colleges

If you have more than one practising area, you must record at least 50 hours related to each of your practising areas. 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 covering both Civil and Structural. You may label such activities as Civil related as well as Structural related CPD.

The diagram below illustrates this situation for an example where 15 hours are considered as ‘both Civil and Structural’ in nature, requiring an additional minimum of 35 hours in Structural and an additional separate lot of 35 hours in 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 the last 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.

For Chartered Members who obtained an additional College membership or an additional Area of Practice (National Registration), the next CPD and Practice Review date will still be five years from the admission date of their original College(s) or the previous Review completion date.

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.

Members should refer to the Career Breaks Policy for details.

Working Towards Chartered Membership

If you are currently working towards achieving your Chartered Membership directly on the Engineering Competency Report Pathway (ECR Pathway), the Professional Development Program Pathway (PDP Pathway) or the Mature Experienced Engineers Pathway (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 that you present records of 150 hours CPD over the last three years; if the MRA does not include this requirement, you may be expected to present your current CPD records

Types of CPD

CPD Activities have been classified into the following Types:

I. Formal post-graduate study and individual tertiary course units not undertaken for award purposes

II. Short courses, workshops, seminars and discussion groups, conferences, technical inspections and technical meetings, including Engineers Australia meetings, where these are delivered or facilitated by recognised practitioners in the field

III. Learning activities in the workplace that extend your area of practice competence base

IV. Private study which extends your knowledge and skills in your area of practice and/or in the core areas of risk management, business and management skills outlined above

V. Service to the engineering profession

VI. The preparation and presentation of material for courses, conferences, seminars and symposia

VII. Chartered members employed in tertiary teaching and/or academic research

VIII. Any other structured activities not covered by I to VII above that meet the objectives of the policy.

For more details, including the specific requirements or notes for each Type, see the CPD - Types & Conditions.