About CPD
 



ABOUT CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


After a lengthy process of consultation and deliberation with voluntary associations and other stakeholders in the Engineering Industry, a formal system of recording Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for engineering practitioners is now a reality as from 1 January 2006.

CPD will be used as the mechanism through which all registered practitioners would have to renew their registration with ECSA. In this regard section 22(1) of the Engineering Profession Act, 2000 (Act 46 of 2000) requires that a registered practitioner 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".

Council decided that the most appropriate way for ECSA to give effect to the legislation would be to link renewal of registration with Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The policy on Continuing Professional Development was published for general comments and directly distributed among voluntary associations, for comment, and the Council on 24 November 2005 approved the policy for purposes of implementation on 1 January 2006.

The policy has now been converted into a set of rules, which have been published as Board Notice 131 in Government Gazette No. 28328 on 23 December 2005. Interested and affected parties are urged to study the rules, which came into operation on 1 January 2006. In addition to the CPD Rules, provision has also been made in the Rules for "Renewal of Registration", which links CPD as a mechanism for implementing renewal of registration.













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