The School of Consulting Engineers, under the auspices of Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA), renders a valuable service in validating external training provider’s courses, seminars, workshops, lectures, site visits, conference, congresses, colloquiums (hereinafter referred to as ‘Event”) for Continual Professional Development (CPD) credits.
This CPD events will be used as a mechanism through which all registered practitioners will be able to renew their Registration with ECSA. 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. Five credits per year, or 25 credits are acquired over a 5-year period, within the three categories of CPD activities. CPD credits must be obtained in at least two of the three categories listed below, with at least 1 credit per annum from Category 1.
ECSA has given approval to voluntary associations, recognised as such in terms of the Engineering Profession Act, 2000 (Act 46 of 2000) (hereinafter referred to as “the Act”), and accredited tertiary educational institutions to run activities which will be acknowledged for obtaining CPD credits. CESA is a recognised voluntary engineering association of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) which
ECSA regards these bodies as capable of ensuring that all their validated events meet required standards. These activities are described in Category 1, Section 9 of the ECSA Policy document
All other bodies who want to register their event/s in Category 1, such as private companies or state organizations, would therefore need to have their event/s CPD validated by a recognised voluntary association. The organisers would approach the recognised voluntary association and follow their policy, procedure and complete an application form. A validation fee would be charged, as there are assessors fees and administration costs to be paid. The recognised voluntary association for that discipline and/or category of registration would then arrange for the assessment of the content and on approval would be awarded CPD credit. A confirmation letter and a certificate would then be sent to the successful training provider.
It is the responsibility of registered persons, who intends participating in an event to ensure that the event has been validated and that the credits awarded to such event will be recognised by ECSA.
In approving a CPD event in Category 1, the recognized voluntary associations will ensure that the following aspects are covered:
- The activity should serve to maintain or enhance the knowledge, skills and competence of all those who participate in it.
- The activity should meet an educational and developmental need and provide an effective learning experience for the participants.
- The participants or group of participants must be specified (e.g. professional engineers, professional technologists, professional certificated engineers, professional technicians, registered technicians or a specified category, e.g. registered lift inspectors) and where appropriate, the discipline should also be specified.
- The depth and breadth of the subject matter covered must be appropriate with sufficient time for discussion.
- The subject covered should provide a balanced view and should not be unduly promotional.
- The presenters should have proven practical and academic experience, and be good communicators.
- Evaluation forms for obtaining feedback from participants on the activity must be provided for rating the relevance, quality and effectiveness of the activity.
The duration of validations for courses, seminars and workshops will be 3 (three years) unless specified differently. Conferences, congresses, colloquiums, lectures and site visits, are only valid for the duration of the specific event and appointed date/s of such event.