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New CPD Directions Presentation to Combined Meeting of Chairs of Engineering Colleges and Societies Peter Godfrey - National Vice President Engineering Practice Grahame Ginn - Senior Projects Officer Engineering Practice. Council Committee for CPD Task for 2006.

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New CPD Directions

Presentation to Combined Meeting of Chairs of Engineering Colleges and Societies

Peter Godfrey - National Vice President

Engineering Practice

Grahame Ginn - Senior Projects Officer

Engineering Practice

council committee for cpd task for 2006
Council Committee for CPDTask for 2006
  • To determine the extent (nationally) of available CPD information and how it could be delivered most cost-effectively to members at any time and from any location.
determining the extent mapping of cpd
Determining the ExtentMapping of CPD
  • Mapping of CPD Offered by Engineers Australia and Subsidiary Organisations.
    • A distribution of Members (not students) by State was done.
    • Development of CPD – a breakdown of the sources for development is shown.
    • Promotion of CPD – a breakdown of how CPD is promoted is described
    • Event organisation of CPD – how and where events are run is described
    • Recording and reporting of CPD – an extensive list of CPD events and how distributed was done.
    • Auditing CPD – the process was described
    • Events By State and Type and Analysis of On-Line recording of CPD (only about 1 – 2% of chartered members used this facility in 2005 - 2006). Analysis of trends shown.
chartered status value
Chartered Status – Value…
  • The context for the committee really hinged upon the established need for CPD for all engineers , not just those Engineers who require CPD to maintain chartered or registered status.
  • According to feedback within our research, we continue to have a foundational and national need to ensure that members see value in becoming, and remaining, chartered/registered.
key issues re council brief
Key Issues re Council Brief
  • Approved Recommendations to Council
  • Identify regional, overseas and general access issues.
  • Changes in CPD policy
  • Ease of two-way access to CPD and related facilities for members (especially regional and overseas members) – Website Delivery.
  • Develop a Communication strategy.
Decreasing number of engineers in some regional areas results in reduced local and networking support for those remaining. However, there are concentrations of engineers in other more remote areas – e.g. North Queensland and parts of WA where no PD facilities exist. There are cooperating engineering workgroups that operate in conjunction but are geographically separate.
  • Increasing number of engineers who have overseas secondments, projects and travel,AND who wish to maintain their chartered status.
  • Issues for accessing CPD when professionals are operating in small practices
    • time away from the office
    • travel time and costs
    • reduced income
  • Viability in running regional events
    • Very expensive – travel, accommodation, presenter salaries etc.
    • Productions for common interests – e.g. leadership and management competencies, risk management, sustainability, energy communications methodologies, Information and knowledge management, legislative issues (FOI, Privacy, Intellectual property, professional indemnity etc)
  • All this logically points towards a web-based solution. Note that a significant survey of regional engineers indicated that 90% of respondents indicated that they would access CPD, online.
new cpd policy major considerations
New CPD Policy – Major Considerations.


  • A member’s CPD records must document a minimum of 150 hours of structured CPD over a three-year period as detailed below:
  • Of the 150 hours:
    • at least 50 hours must relate to the member’s area of practice;
    • at least 10 hours must cover risk management;
    • at least 15 hours must address business and management skills; and
    • the remainder must cover a range of activities relevant to the member’s career.
  • Engineering academics/teachers must demonstrate at least 40 hours industry involvement in any three year period.
  • The auditing process will now be “ramped” up so that audits, whilst still random, will capture most, if not all, Chartered and Registered Engineers over a 5 year period.
changes to policy types of cpd
Changes to Policy – Types of CPD

There are some special conditions applicable to maximum and minimum hours within the following – see Guidelines.

  • formal post-graduate study leading to an award or member tertiary courses or units;
  • short courses, workshops, seminars and discussion groups, conferences, technical inspections and technical meetings,
  • learning activities in the workplace that extend a member’s competence in their area of practice;
  • private study which extends a member’s knowledge and skills;
  • service to the engineering profession;
  • the preparation and presentation of material for courses, conferences, seminars and symposia; and
  • industry experience for engineers at universities or engaged in academic research;
  • any other structured activities not covered by I to VII above
changes to policy use of the cpeng post nominal
Changes to Policy Use of the CPEng. post-nominal.

Is now limited to those with current year accreditation.

Members who longer have use for or have moved out of the sphere requiring CPEng. have the option to discontinue the post-nominal or to qualify it with such as CPEng(ret) or CPEng(1999-2003)

website changes
Website Changes
  • Customized for members – provides information about areas of interest, disciplines etc.
  • Education Section – contains focus for CPD:
    • CPEng,
    • Eng Exec,
    • Chartered Status,
    • PDP
  • Access to sources of CPD,
    • Access to Guidelines and other downloads,
    • Access to on-line (and other) recording
access to on line cpd
Access to On-Line CPD
  • Search Events CalendarThe latest engineering seminars, conferences, technical presentations and more.
  • Engineers Australia Library Access the best engineering resources in the world.
  • Publications Policy publications, the Bookshop, magazines and Technical Journals.
  • Video and Audio StreamingThis will be available soon.
  • Engineering Education AustraliaSearch short courses, seminars and tertiary courses.
  • Engineers Media Purchase magazines, periodicals and books.
  • E-News Regular newsletter with the latest engineering news
  • Learned GroupsA major source of professional development opportunities

Informing Members re CPD Events

  • Major Resources are:
    • Events information on website search engine.
    • Division circulations
    • Website publication
    • Email circulations
      • spam, privacy issues, time availability…
    • eNews and Engineers Australia Magazine
    • Affiliated organisations.
types of recording of cpd
Types of Recording of CPD.
  • On-Line Recording – new system will be the preferred system for recording data, directly –it will have the greatest functionality and accessibility to other facilities.
  • Manual recording. (Proforma downloadable)
  • Trial downloadable “smart” spreadsheet. This may be the platform for the development of a system that will allow users to enter data remotely and upload the completed spreadsheet.
on line recording
On-Line Recording
  • This new system will come on line early in 2007
  • We will be encouraging members, most strongly, to use this facility to record their CPD – it will:
    • Save members, audit assessors and Engineers Australia time and money
    • Provide a ready form of management reporting regarding the many facets of CPD
    • Greatly speed and assist the CPD audit process.

Professional Development Program

Participating Organisation

(PDP Partner) – provides and supports

training programs.



and Associates

Members gain

experience, training

EA members in the

employ of PDP partners

Write Career Episode Report

EA members and non-members

Identify own Stage 2 Competencies


(experienced Engineer)

Verifies episode reports

and assists engineer

PDP Partners

Engineers apply to NPER –

approval via

Stage 2 Competencies

Lodge CER with

Engineers Australia

Stage 2Competency Definitions

  • Education and Assessment Directorate
  • Chartering Profiles and Process
  • Reporting and Auditing Chartered Professional Engineers
  • and/or
  • National Professional Engineers Register NPER

Assessors use Competency Definitions for chartering the engineer.

NERB uses Competency Definitions for engineer registration criteria

Engineers Australia

Assessors for

Chartered Status

National Engineers

Registration Board

CPEng Engineers audited by EA Assessors for CPEng continuity

Engineers audited by

EA Assessors for NPER


EA members -

Appointed to Grade

Registered Engineer

Engineers continue NPER registration via undertaking CPD

Engineers maintain CPEng grade via undertaking CPD

CPD 150 hrs/ 3 years

Continuing Professional Development

Formal post-graduate study

Private study

Short courses, workshops, seminars and discussion groups, conferences, technical inspections and technical meetings

Service to the engineering profession

Possible Career Development for Engineering Executive - Stage 3 Competencies

The preparation and presentation of material

for courses, conferences, seminars and symposia

Chartered members employed in tertiary teaching and/or academic research

Learning activities in the workplace