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
|Short courses, workshops, seminars and discussion groups, conferences, technical inspections and meetings
|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).
BPEQ’s CPD rules require RPEQs to keep their own CPD records. BPEQ provides a record of the CPD activities template to assist RPEQs. A CPD log can be something as simple as an Excel spreadsheet.
It is good practice for RPEQs to review and update their CPD records regularly so that it remains accurate, and can be provided for auditing purposes. RPEQs must also keep evidence in support of the CPD activities, such as:
- certificate of completion;
- attendance records;
- in-house CPD records;
- attendance confirmation email.
BPEQ works with its approved assessment scheme entities to audit RPEQs for CPD compliance. RPEQs who declare in their renewal form they are part of an assessing entities CPD scheme, including regular audits of their CPD, will already be deemed to satisfy BPEQ’s CPD requirements.
RPEQs who declare on their registration renewal form they are part of an assessment entity’s CPD scheme, including regular audits of their CPD, will be deemed to satisfy BPEQ’s CPD requirements and will be audited by that assessment entity. RPEQs who declare on their registration renewal form that they comply with BPEQ’s CPD requirements will be audited by BPEQ. BPEQ selects RPEQs for CPD audits through a combination of risk analysis and random selection.
RPEQs who do not meet their CPD obligations will have the opportunity to explain why they did not comply. Failure to comply and not having a valid reason may result in the RPEQ being refused registration or a condition being placed on their registration.
CPD obligations for non-practising RPEQs and RPEQs working part-time is reduced to 150 hours over a five-year period or proportionate (pro rata) to the period of time they have been non-practising or working part time. For instance, if a RPEQ has been non-practising for two years, the pro rata calculation is 60 hours of CPD.
For a RPEQ to be considered a part-time worker they would have to work fewer than 21 hours per week.
BPEQ offers the Back in the Workforce bursary and the Remote Assistance bursary to assist RPEQs with their CPD obligations.
The Back in the Workforce bursary is open to female RPEQs (practising and non-practising) or former female RPEQs living in the State of Queensland. The Remote Assistance bursary is open to RPEQs living in and predominantly undertaking professional engineering services in a remote or very remote locality of Queensland.