Continuing professional development

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is anything that helps you expand your knowledge, maintain up-to-date technical skills, and progress your engineering career.CPD is required to achieve and maintain Chartered status and is an integral element of a successful engineering career.

About CPD

CPD is anything that helps you expand your knowledge, maintain up-to-date technical skills, and progress your engineering career. 

CPD activities are designed to extend or update your knowledge, skill or judgement in your areas of practice, and enable you to:

  • Maintain technical competence.
  • Retain and enhance effectiveness in the workplace.
  • Be able to help, influence and lead by example.
  • Successfully deal with changes in your career.
  • Better serve the community.

CPD requirements for Chartered members and NER registrants

CPD is required to achieve Chartered status and to maintain your Chartered credential and NER registration. If you hold Chartered status or you are registered on the NER, you should be aware of your obligations under the Continuing Professional Development Policy (PDF).  This requirement also extends to NER registrants who are not members of Engineers Australia.

Minimum requirement

Your CPD records must document a minimum of 150 hours of structured CPD over a three-year period. 

For engineering academics and teachers, in addition to the 150 hours, practitioners must demonstrate at least 40 hours industry involvement in any three-year period. If the industry involvement satisfies the other CPD criteria, it may be included as part of the submitted CPD hours. Otherwise, the industry involvement is an additional requirement.

Specific requirements

For all practitioners, of the 150 hours, at least:

  • 50 hours must relate to your Area(s) of Practice.
  • 10 hours must cover risk management.
  • 15 hours must address business and management skills.

The remainder must cover a range of activities relevant to your career and interests.

Keeping a record of your CPD

Engineers Australia automatically creates partial CPD records for most events and training activities that you undertake with us. All you need to do is to finalise these records with a few more details, including the knowledge gained from the activity and the split of time against the CPD requirements.

Registration and watch data from our events platform, EA OnDemand, and Engineering Education Australia will be brought into the recording system daily. This means there may be a delay between the activity and appearance of a draft record for you to claim and add to your CPD record.

You can also use the quick form to add records for CPD you have undertaken elsewhere, such as mentoring activities or on-the-job learning.

Your CPD record contains graphs and features to easily track your progress and provide reports for audit or application purposes.

To access your CPD record:

  1. Login to your Engineers Australia account
  2. Go to the ‘MyEA’ tab
  3. Select ‘Record CPD’ from the ‘Manage Profile’ menu

For more information, see: CPD recording user guide (PDF)

Note: eCPDrecord is no longer available. All records have been automatically transferred to your new CPD record. You may wish to check and adjust if necessary.

CPD for multiple areas of practice

If you have more than one Area of Practice, you must record at least 50 hours for each area.

For example, if you are Chartered or registered in the Civil and Structural Areas of Practice, you will need to record at least 50 hours related to Civil and at least 50 hours related to Structural. Some technical CPD activities may overlap. In this case you can label the activities as both Civil-related and Structural-related CPD.

In addition, 65 or more hours of CPD meeting other specific requirements should be recorded so that the total CPD hours will be 150 hours or more over three years. 

The 65 hours should include:

  • 10 hours covering risk management.
  • 15 hours addressing business and management skills.
  • 40 hours of any CPD activities.

Career break provision

The CPD requirements are more flexible for Chartered members and NER registrants who have been on a career break of at least six months during the three-year period. These members must complete 150 hours of CPD over five years, rather than the standard three years.

A person is regarded to have had a career break if they have a period of leave from the workforce of at least six months, but less than five years, for any proper cause. 

Proper causes include:

  • A serious illness.
  • Parental leave.
  • Extended travel.
  • Caring for family members.
  • Involuntary unemployment.
  • Elite sporting or cultural pursuits.

Applying for Chartered status

Applications for Chartered status must demonstrate a minimum of 150 hours of CPD over the three-year period up to the date of the Chartered application.

If you are applying through a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) Pathway that does not have a CPD recording requirement, you may be expected to present your current CPD records.

Types of CPD

  • Any tertiary course taken as an individual course or for a formal post-graduate award
  • Short courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, technical inspections and meetings
  • Workplace learning activities that extend competence in your area of practice
  • Private study that extends your knowledge and skill
  • Service to the engineering profession
  • Preparation and presentation of materials for courses and conferences
  • Tertiary teaching or academic research 
  • Structured activities that meeting the objectives of the CPD policy

For more information, see: CPD types and conditions (PDF)

CPD provided by Engineers Australia

  • Events calendar: the latest engineering seminars, conferences, technical presentations and more
  • Online library: engineering resources from around the world, including policy publications, magazines and technical journals
  • Video and audio streaming: informative presentations on a wide range of engineering topics
  • Engineering Education Australia: short courses, seminars and tertiary courses
  • Professional networking groups: connect with peers from your industry both locally and nationally
  • Volunteer opportunities: become one of Engineers Australia's office bearers or volunteers

Make sure your email address and privacy choices are up-to-date so we can let you know about the great CPD activities we provide.

CPD resources

Frequently asked questions

Can I count learning activities in the workplace towards my CPD?

Activities that are normal work activities and which do not extend your knowledge cannot be claimed as learning activities in the workplace. For any learning activity undertaken in the workplace for which you are claiming CPD, you must be able to demonstrate HOW it has extended your knowledge. A maximum of 75 hours of your total CPD in any three-year period may be claimed for the above activities.

Do non-award courses count towards CPD?

Yes. Individual tertiary course units not undertaken for award purposes still count towards CPD.

Does mentoring other engineers count towards CPD?

Yes. Mentoring of other engineers or members of Engineers Australia may count towards CPD in accordance with the requirements set down in the policy relating to service to the profession.

Does my CPD have to be obtained through Engineers Australia?

No. You may source your CPD through any source you wish but there is value in sourcing your CPD through the various Engineers Australia channels.

Does post graduate study count towards CPD?

Yes. There is no limit to the maximum number of hours that you can claim over a three-year period for the above activities. Study may be either on campus or by distance education.

For distance education, estimate the equivalent number of hours of formal face-to-face education that would have been involved. Time claimed is the actual hours of lectures, tutorials and laboratory work, noting that there will almost always be further time spent both in preparation and follow-up. All such activities will involve some form of assessment.

How do I relinquish or qualify my Chartered status?

Complete the Chartered post-nominals form (PDF) and send it to [email protected]

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