|PROFESSIONAL CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT|
The acquisition of a qualification such as the Government Certificate of Competency was a means to gauge the professional skill level of the engineer. The measure and identification of the level of competence, knowledge, skill and behaviour of the qualifying candidate is considered quantified through the prescribed process of being accepted as a candidate, and passing the examination. The question is, whether obtaining this qualification alone is an effective means of ensuring, and measuring, competence levels for the professional life of the Certificated Engineer. This could be debated at length and depends on the relevant experience gained. CPD is a means to effectively measure each engineers competence and development on a continuous basis.
The proposed CPD regulation requires the measurement of continuous professional development to maintain your professional registration. The means of assessing the appropriate breadth and depth required in the knowledge and skill of an experienced practitioner is a complex subject. It is a mammoth task to measure and quantify the necessary level of skill and knowledge across the full breadth of professional engineering activities, specifically those specialising in a limited range of activities. With experience, there is tendency for the engineer to migrate into more managerial positions. Pure technical and theoretical expertise is therefore no longer the only factor. The competencies of authority, management expertise, and leadership are also needed. We now live in a modern world, with the only constant being the certainty of change. Competency is a dynamic state and each registered person will be required to maintain currency with technical evolution. A registered person's continued competency must therefore develop beyond the baseline for initial registration, requiring a competence exceeding that at registration through on-going personal development.
Category 1 - Organisational activities
Attendance of formal educational meetings will be credited if they are educational and research-based conferences, large-group workshops, lectures, seminars, and refresher courses. These meetings are organised on a regional, national or international basis and are non-recurring.
Category 2 - Worked based activities
Work-based activities such as work-based learning, work shadowing, transfers to new departments, technical work in a practitioner's field of specialization. Development and professional activities such as mentoring candidate engineers, in the work place and career guidance within the working environment.
Category 3 - Individual activitiesIt would not be the intention to reward activities that do not contribute to the professional development of an individual. The intention is to credit only activities that can reasonably be monitored. These activities will include, review of technical papers, participation in technical as well as taking part in statutory, professional or non-technical committees