Continuing Professional Development
Ensuring registered engineers are at the forefront of their practice
We need to make sure that engineers that hold RPEng status are of the highest standard of contemporary practice. Relevant verified CPD is a vital pillar of our scheme.
The CPD requirements and categories of the Registered Professional Engineer title (RPEng) were established to meet the expectations of Government, the profession, industry and the public.
To meet these requirements, applicants must provide a record of 150 hours of completed CPD over the last there years. 150 hours sounds like a lot, but CPD can be completed in a range of different ways and receives a different weighting.
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There is an easy-to-use on-line log which applicants can use with their application. Once it’s complete, it’s very easy to keep up-to-date.
Ultimately, the Assessor has the discretion to determine if the activities provided in an applicant’s CPD log are adequate, and meet the expectations of a registered professional engineer.
Applicants are expected to exercise their best judgment and give reasonable consideration regarding which activities they choose to include as CPD, and under which category.
The following briefing note provides clarification into what types of activities are acceptable CPD, and which category those activities would be accepted.
Importantly, Assessors only accept activities undertake within the three-years immediately prior to submitting an application. Assessors may also choose to seek additional information regarding particular the activities entered in the CPD log to confirm the applicant’s participation and to ensure that the skills and knowledge detailed in the CPD log were truly developed.
Take a look at the complete published CPD log in the By-laws for the latest up-to-date information.
Category A – Formal postgraduate education
Attracts x 3 weighting
“Formal postgraduate education aligned to your work, which can attract an award on completion from a higher education institution or equivalent. This may include individual units of postgraduate study.”
Category A activities, as the description states, includes structured courses or programs offered through an Australian university, college or accredited registered training organisation (RTO). Courses or units studied must be aligned to an applicant’s current role and responsibilities, or explicitly related to the discipline in which the applicant seeks registration in.
If at the time of application, an applicant has not completed the whole course or education program, the applicant is permitted to include the completed units, on the provision that these were undertaken and completed within the three year period.
Private study, planning and preparation related to the completion of formal postgraduate education cannot be claimed as CPD – this is accounted for in the weighting.
Category B – Employer provided education
Attracts x 3 weighting
“Education provided by your employer or by a provider that is not higher education provider, but that aligns to your work and profession.”
Not all education is offered through higher education providers or RTOs. Many organisations and employers, including government, offer internal training programs which have been established to ensure that its employees remain at the leading edge of their field. Formal training programs offered by an employer or by a non-higher education provider or RTO is acceptable as an activity under category B.
Online courses are acceptable.
Private study, planning and preparation related to the completion of activities for this category cannot be claimed as CPD – this is accounted for in the weighting.
Category C – Professional participation
Attracts x 1 weighting
“Attendance at a conference or technical society meeting aligned to your work and profession.”
Acceptable activities for Category C include attendance at conferences, networking events, technical visits, exhibitions, seminars, lectures, etc. where the subject of the event enhanced the applicants knowledge and/skills related to their work, discipline or to the profession.
The logbook must only details the hours the applicant spent in attendance at the event.
Assessors can also consider participation in activities or groups which demonstrates an applicant’s commitment to the profession, such as acting as an Assessor for an engineer registration scheme and serving on boards or committees related to the profession of engineering.
Only participation in meetings or undertaking responsibilities associated with involvement in the group or activity can be claimed.
Category D – Presentations
Attracts x 5 weighting for both preparation and presentation
“Presenting at a conference or meeting aligned to your work and profession.”
Category D refers to the preparation and presentation of materials specifically for conferences, seminars, or meetings which require the application and learning of updated skills or knowledge. Only presentations outside the regular work-based meetings will be accepted.
The Assessor will exercise judgement as to whether the presentation detailed in the CPD log constitutes inclusion under Category D, or whether it would be more suitable for inclusion under Category C.
When reviewing Category D entries, Assessors are looking for information regarding the topic of the presentation, the processes of preparing for the presentation, and the audience of the presentation.
Applicants are required to attach a copy of the presentation.
Category E – Workplace learning
Attracts x 0.5 weighting
“Workplace learning involving theories, concepts and practices.”
Professionals Australia believes that on-the-job learning plays a vital contribution to the development of professionals, and is a category which is often overlooked. The types of activities applicants should consider for Category E, as the description states, must enhance their knowledge and understanding of engineering theories, concepts and practices.
Activities might include:
- Development of safety or training manuals/programs;
- Learning of new software or programs;
- Preparation of meeting materials or briefing notes regarding updated workplace theories, concepts and practices; and so on.
Importantly, activities claimed for Category E must be for the extension of existing knowledge, or the development of new knowledge and skills.
Category F – Published works
Attracts x 10 weighting, to a maximum of 5 (50 weighted) hours.
“Producing a published paper for a university, conference, engineering organisation publication deemed as relevant to the profession by an Assessor.”
Category F refers to any written material published in a technical journal, university publication, in conference papers or any other publication deemed acceptable to the Assessor.
Applicants are permitted to claim a total of 5 real hours over three years (50 weighted hours).
Applicants are expected to provide a copy of the publication and evidence that it was published.
Where a paper was co-authored, the applicant can claim a pro-rata split of the total time.
Category G – Private study
Attracts x 1 weighting (limit of 50hrs over 3 years)
“Extension of your knowledge of legislation, regulations, codes, standards and specifications through work or private study.”
Private study can include the reading of any materials which extend the applicants knowledge of legislation, regulation, codes, standards and specifications. Specific sources of this knowledge may include technical or industry magazines and journals, as well as research through internet searches and digital information sources, online technical communities and discussion forums.
Applicants are expected to include sufficient information to identify the source claimed, including where possible, the title of publication/material, author/source, date-published and a link.
Applicants are advised to use a conservative estimate when claiming activities in this category, as the Assessor may choose to investigate the activity to confirm.
If additional information or advice regarding the educational requirements for the Registered Professional Engineer title (RPEng), please contact the Registrar on (03) 9695 8800 or at RPEng@professionalsaustralia.org.au.