Engineers carry out highly complex work, so it is important they maintain and enhance their knowledge and skills.
To continue to be eligible for registration, RPEQs must complete a minimum of 150 hours of structured continuing professional development (CPD) over a three-year period leading up to the renewal of their registration.
CPD is designed to extend the RPEQ’s knowledge and skills in their area/s of engineering. RPEQs can claim CPD hours through:
|Formal post-graduate study or tertiary course units not undertaken for award purposes||No limit|
|Short courses, workshops, seminars and discussion groups, conferences, technical inspections and meetings||No limit|
|Learning activities in the workplace that extend competence in the area/s of engineering||Maximum 75 hours|
|Private study (journals and manuals) which extend knowledge and skills||Maximum 18 hours|
|Service to the engineering profession (volunteer work, mentoring)||Maximum 50 hours|
|Preparation and presentation of paper for courses, conferences, seminars, etc||Maximum 45 hours per paper; maximum 75 hours per paper for papers subject to critical peer review prior to publication|
|Practitioners employed in tertiary teaching or academic research||A minimum of 40 hours of industry involvement in any three-year period|
While the bulk of CPD points will be for technical courses and training, RPEQs can also claim CPD points for non-technical courses and training (e.g. project management, ethics and law, risk management, communication).